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U.S. Government Officials Recognize HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

AIDS.gov: Statement from Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day “With no current cure for HIV/AIDS, an HIV vaccine could be a game changer in our effort to control and end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. HIV…

UHC Targets Must Address Challenges Of Reaching LGBTI People, Other Key Populations

Huffington Post U.K.: Leave No-one Behind in the Post-2015 Health Agenda Alvaro Bermejo, executive director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance “…We need to acknowledge that the current UHC target and indicators under the post-2015 goals are falling short of truly addressing the specific challenges and rights of LGBTI people and…

Kenya’s HIV Efforts Hindered By Discrimination; Country Must Protect LGBTI Rights

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Homophobic violence hinders HIV response in Kenya Patrick Mutisya, member of the Key Correspondents network supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance “…In Kenya, as in many countries, men who have sex with men are cursed, rejected, and even criminalized. Living in such a society prevents many from…

Recent Scientific Advances Bring Hope To Search For HIV Vaccine, UNAIDS Head Says

UNAIDS: UNAIDS calls for sustained commitment to develop an effective HIV vaccine “On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, UNAIDS is calling for a renewed global commitment to finding an effective HIV vaccine. ‘A vaccine would be a major step towards ending the AIDS epidemic,’ said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. ‘There…

Russian Government’s Policies Worsening HIV Epidemic, Expert Says

Agence France-Presse: AIDS expert flays Kremlin, says Russia’s HIV epidemic worsening “Russia’s top AIDS expert lambasted the Kremlin’s increasingly conservative agenda Thursday, saying the HIV epidemic is worsening and at least two million Russians are likely to be infected in about five years. Vadim Pokrovsky, head of the country’s state…

Successful Marketing Of NTDs Garners Attention, Funding Commitments

International Business Times: How Three Scientists ‘Marketed’ Neglected Tropical Diseases And Raised More Than $1 Billion “…[T]hese [17] maladies were largely ignored until three researchers came up with the surprisingly simple idea to ‘market’ them to politicians and private foundations collectively as ‘neglected tropical diseases.’ … This simple strategy –…

Progress Toward MDGs Shows Mixed Results, U.N. Report Suggests

U.N. News Centre: New U.N. report shows mixed results for reaching MDG health targets by end of 2015 “The United Nations health agency [Wednesday] reported that by the end of 2015, the world will have met the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for turning around the epidemics of HIV, malaria, and…

Nationwide Condom Shortage Affects India’s HIV Prevention Efforts

LiveMint: Shortage of condoms hits govt’s AIDS prevention program “A nationwide shortage of government-supplied condoms has affected two key programs of the health ministry [in India] — human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention and family planning. What compounds matters is the size of funds needed to address the shortage…” (Krishnan, 5/12).

Lottery Ticket Program Leads To Reduction In HIV In Lesotho, Researchers Say

Foreign Policy: Lottery Ticket Approach Leads to Drastic Reduction in HIV Prevalence “Researchers funded by the World Bank arrived at a wildly unorthodox and unexpectedly effective strategy for preventing HIV in the African nation of Lesotho: A lottery program that offered participants an opportunity to win cash on the condition…