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Ebola Outbreak Overwhelms Liberia’s Health Facilities, Workers

News outlets report on Liberia’s efforts to treat Ebola patients, as health facilities and workers are overwhelmed by the number of infected people. Deutsche Welle: Liberia’s forgotten diseases “…Liberians are not only afraid of contracting Ebola, they are also scared of being wrongly diagnosed when they may in fact be…

Blog Post Recognizes Global Female Condom Day

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Female Condoms Clancy Broxton, the senior social marketing and commodities adviser for USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, and Rahel Beigel, a Global Health Fellows Program intern, write, “In honor of Global Female Condom Day, read and share these five facts about female condoms,…

Global Burden Of Disease Data Show Ending AIDS Epidemic Possible

The Lancet: MDG 6 and beyond: from halting and reversing AIDS to ending the epidemic Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director; Mark Dybul, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria executive director; and Deborah Birx, ambassador-at-large and U.S. global AIDS coordinator “…Overall, [the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME)…

Indonesia Must Plug $30M Funding Gap To Address HIV, U.N. Official Says

Reuters: Indonesia’s new president must fill funding gap in HIV fight — U.N. “Indonesia, one of only three countries in the Asia-Pacific region that is seeing a trend of increased HIV infections, must plug a $30 million funding gap in its fight against HIV, a U.N. health official said on…

Human Rights Advocates Urge Gambian President To Reject Anti-Gay Bill

Agence France-Presse: Gambia urged to drop life sentences for gays “Rights campaigners called Wednesday for Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to reject proposals by lawmakers to introduce a punishment of life in prison for ‘aggravated homosexuality.’ Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a joint statement that a bill…

Blog Post Discusses IAS Journal Supplement On Women, HIV Prevention

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Microbicides and other ARV-based prevention: Biomedical answers meet challenges on the ground Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a new supplement from the Journal of the International AIDS Society,…

Puerto Rico Partners With U.S. On HIV Vaccine Project

Associated Press: Puerto Rico partners on U.S. HIV vaccine project “Puerto Rico’s governor says the island’s largest public university is partnering with federal agencies to oversee a U.S.-funded project aimed at trying to develop a prophylactic vaccine for the HIV virus that causes AIDS…” (9/9).

South African Study Reveals Encouraging Results On HIV Treatment

VOA News: S. Africa Study Hails AIDS Treatment Success Rates “A new medical study out of South Africa has found heartening news in the nation with the world’s highest burden of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Their findings reveal that South Africans with HIV can live as long as…

LGBT Advocacy Groups Work Against Stigma In Africa

Inter Press Service: LGBT Visibility in Africa Also Brings Backlash “…In the past 10 years in South Africa, 31 lesbians have been reported killed as the result of [so-called] corrective rape, [Shehnilla Mohamed, Africa director for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGHLRC),] said. … Transgender, gay or…

Ending Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission Is Possible

Huffington Post: The Difference a Decade Makes in Preventing Newborn HIV/AIDS Patricia Nkansah-Asamoah, former director of the Prevention of Mother-to-Child (PMTCT) Clinic at Tema Hospital in Ghana “…[Antiretroviral] medication, which keeps people living with HIV alive and healthy, can also enable HIV-positive pregnant women to deliver HIV-negative babies. As a…