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UNAIDS Executive Director Speaks At amfAR Capitol Hill Briefing

“Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, [last week] delivered a keynote speech at The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) Capitol Hill Conference ‘Making AIDS History: From Science to Solutions.’ The conference gathered leading government, research, policy, and advocacy experts in Washington, D.C. to build on the enormous progress seen in…

Blog Examines Studies On HIV Treatment Eligibility, Access

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” reports on a letter published in this month’s Clinical Infectious Diseases “from Gabriela Patten of Médecins Sans Frontières, and others, [that] recounts their findings from an analysis of the impact of 2010 World Health Organization guidelines that expanded eligibility for HIV treatment.”…

Ukraine HIV/AIDS Response Scenarios Project Cost-Effective Approaches To Disease Efforts

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines an analysis on Ukraine’s 2014-2018 National HIV/AIDS Program goals. The blog notes, “[T]he analysis … used existing data and mathematical modeling to look at the outcomes of three possible response scenarios involving the country’s 2014-2018 National AIDS Program goals, against…

PLOS Collection Examines Issues Surrounding VMMC

“With new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa occurring at a rate of 2.3 million each year, this new collection, featuring research published in PLOS Medicine and PLOS ONE, presents interim results from a large public health intervention of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) performed by health care practitioners in low-resource…

VMMC ‘Can Play Vital Role’ In African HIV Prevention Programs

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Sema Sgaier, a program officer with the foundation, discusses a collection of research studies on the role of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) in HIV prevention in sub-Saharan Africa published this week in PLOS ONE and PLOS Medicine. “…By…

USAID, PEPFAR Committed To Improving Health Systems To Deliver VMMC Services

Huffington Post: Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention Finds Success at Scale Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID Noting a new collection of studies on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) “published by the PLOS Collection and funded by [PEPFAR] through [USAID] and the Bill & Melinda…

HIV Researchers On Alert Following Anti-Gay Raids On Ugandan Project

Nature: HIV researchers on edge after anti-gay raids across Africa “A police raid on an established research program in Uganda has left scientists worried that their projects may be targeted by authorities granted sweeping powers under the country’s harsh new anti-homosexuality law…” (Shuchman, 5/7).

News Outlets Examine HIV/AIDS Among Key Populations In Caribbean

News outlets report on HIV prevention efforts among key populations in the Caribbean. Associated Press: New effort to halt spread of HIV in the Caribbean “…[R]eaching out to men who have sex with men is practically revolutionary in parts of the English-speaking Caribbean, where homophobia and laws criminalizing gay sex…

HIV Prevention Campaign Promoting Male Circumcision Reaches 6M In Africa

NPR: Snip Decision: Africa’s Campaign To Circumcise Its Men “…This week researchers announced that [an unprecedented campaign in Africa over the past several years to promote circumcision as a way to prevent HIV] has reached a remarkable milestone: Six million men and teenagers were convinced…” (Aizenman, 5/7).