Three days before the start of a Vatican conference focusing on “the centrality of care” in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, on Tuesday printed a piece by Spanish theologian Juan Jose Perez-Soba arguing that married couples with one HIV-positive partner “should abstain from sex, because intercourse performed with a condom is, ‘from the moral point of view, not a fully conjugal act,'” RNS/Beliefnet News reports (Rocca, 5/24).
WHA Participants Discuss Smallpox, Hear Draft Plan On Maternal And Child Health, Endorse Resolutions on AIDS, NCDs
Representatives of member nations at the World Health Assembly in Geneva “on Monday held a stormy discussion on the future of smallpox virus samples, which Russia and the United States are seeking to preserve while others want them destroyed,” Agence France-Presse reports.
Agence France-Presse examines how Indian drug companies have infiltrated the South African market over the last few years in an effort to have broader reach in Africa. India’s pharmaceutical industry is now the second largest in the world by volume, according to AFP.
Ahead Of U.N. General Assembly Meeting Next Month, IPS Examines Global Funding Shortfall For HIV/AIDS Treatment
Inter Press Service examines the global funding shortfall for antiretroviral treatment programs for people living with HIV/AIDS, noting that the U.N. General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS next month in New York “will shape the direction of the global response to HIV and AIDS for the next decade and beyond.”
The May 26 issue of Nature explores vaccines, which the journal says “are responsible for some of the world’s greatest public health triumphs.” Though new vaccines for deadly diseases have been developed in the past 10 years, and more are in development, “funding is tight, and unfounded doubts about the safety of vaccines persist.” The issue features stories on polio, measles, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as issues surrounding vaccine rejection and hysteria about risk (5/26).
PEPFAR’s recent release of its “Technical Guidance on Combination HIV Prevention” (.pdf) for men who have sex with men (MSM) “could force countries like Kenya who are strongly opposed to men having sex with men to backtrack,” Nairobi Star/allAfrica.com reports.
President Barack Obama met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Deauville, France, ahead of the G8 summit, ABC News’ “Political Punch” blog reports.
Where Is Global Health On The G8 Agenda?: As the G8 summit began in Deauville, France, on Thursday, David Olson, the council’s director of policy communications,Â wrote on the Global Health Council’s “Blog 4 Global Health” that “global health is nowhere visible on the agenda,” which “is in striking contrast to…
The Philippines has not been making progress in meeting its sixth Millennium Development Goal, which is halting and reversing the spread of … HIV/AIDS…, according to the country coordinator of the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS),” the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports.
Ahead of the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS, scheduled for June 8-10 in New York, “public-health leaders face a paradox: New evidence suggests the epidemic can finally be controlled, but that would demand increased spending at a time of severe global budget restraints,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Preliminary estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS show last year donor funding for HIV/AIDS fell for the first time since the beginning of the epidemic, according to the newspaper.