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Media Coverage Of Mandela’s Death, AIDS Work Continues

Media outlets continue to examine the HIV/AIDS work of Nelson Mandela, who died at the age of 95 on Thursday. “As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, some observers are recalling the crucial role he played in advocating for science during the highly fraught AIDS crisis in South…

GlobalPost Blog Examines Ghana’s Success In Reducing Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines Ghana’s success in reducing its mother-to-child HIV transmission rate, saying some of the factors include support from PEPFAR and “a government arm that is exclusively dedicated to responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” In addition, “Ghana’s infant infection prevention programs, like most in west and central Africa,…

Ambitious Targets Help Spur Progress In Global AIDS Response

“On [December 2] at the White House, President Obama reported the latest accomplishments of the U.S. government’s response to HIV,” AVAC Executive Director Mitchell Warren writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, stating, “The progress he cited was impressive.” However, “there was little mention of one the most impressive turnarounds…

Opinion Pieces Address AIDS Work Of Nelson Mandela

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing the AIDS work of Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95. Art Caplan, NBC News: “As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, it is important to look at the one area where the iconic…

Some HIV Patients In Africa Developing Drug Resistance, Study Shows

“New research suggests that some AIDS patients [in Africa] are developing drug intolerance and severe side effects and will now have to switch to new, more expensive antiretroviral regimens,” Inter Press Service reports. “Researchers in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Nigeria and Malawi say some patients on the first-line antiretroviral drugs nevirapine and…

IPS Examines HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Youth, Adolescents In Africa

Inter Press Service examines HIV/AIDS among youth in Africa, writing, “This is the only group where AIDS-related deaths have increased” and “[t]he rise in AIDS-related deaths among youth shows that they are falling through the cracks of HIV programs mainly designed for adults or children.” The article profiles Maureen Phiri,…

Lack Of Political Will Hindering AIDS Response

In a Globe and Mail opinion piece, Canadian researcher, writer and activist Gerald Caplan examines progress in the AIDS response since the early days of the disease, and he highlights a list of “challenges and misunderstandings” that remain today. “Although much is being done on the AIDS front, somehow there…

Blog Posts, Press Release Address Death Of Nelson Mandela

The following is a summary of two blog posts and a press release published in response to the death of Nelson Mandela on Thursday. The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog: The blog highlights “a joint statement [.pdf] from IDSA and HIVMA on the passing of Nelson Mandela…

HIV Resurgence In ‘Boston Patients’ Frustrates, Informs Research Into Cure

The news that “HIV has reappeared in the blood of two Boston patients who scientists had hoped had been cured of their infections … is yet another cautionary tale of how researchers can never afford to underestimate the human immunodeficiency virus’s ability to hide out in patients’ bodies and overcome…

G8 Leaders Must Address Alzheimer’s As They Did AIDS

“As G8 government leaders meet in London later this week to launch a strategy for Alzheimer’s disease, it is worth recalling how global leaders did it for HIV/AIDS not too long ago,” Michael Hodin, executive director of the Global Coalition on Aging, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Post50” blog. He…