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AVAC Director Discusses Myths, Challenges Surrounding Vaccine Delivery

Deutsche Welle: Whether it’s polio, HPV or HIV, ‘crazy myths’ about vaccines run wild on social media “Scientists often think the health benefits of vaccines are obvious. But they are not. Disease prevention advocate, Mitchell Warren, says social media will help — if we can harness it…” (Abbany, 7/30).

WHO Announces New Leadership For Global Malaria Program, UNITAID

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: New Leaders Named for WHO Global Malaria Program and UNITAID Alan Magill, director of the Gates Foundation’s Malaria Program, writes, “The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the appointment of two new leaders in the fight against HIV, TB, and malaria. Congratulations to…

HIV Epidemic Smaller, Malaria Kills More Than Previously Thought, Study Says

The Guardian: ‘HIV global death estimates are wrong’ “The researcher behind a recent Lancet study says we have overestimated AIDS epidemic and underestimated malaria deaths…” The newspaper interviews Theo Vos, one of the authors of the report and professor of global health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation…

HIV Infection Rate In Uganda’s Fishing Communities Higher Than National Average

VOA News: Uganda’s Fishing Communities Encounter Higher HIV/AIDS Risks “More than 130,000 people who live in 42 fishing villages along Uganda’s shores of Lake Victoria have an HIV infection rate that is three to four times higher than the national average in this country of 36 million people…” (Lewis, 7/28).

Social Workers Play Important Role In Creating An AIDS-Free Generation

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: A look at AIDS 2014: It is time for a caring hand In a guest post, Helen Cornman, deputy director of AIDSFree at JSI, discusses the importance of social workers’ support and counseling to help “bring the power of relationships and an interdisciplinary…

People With Disabilities Disproportionately Vulnerable To HIV/AIDS, Health Experts Say

IRIN: Heightened HIV risk for people with disabilities “Inaccessible health services for people with disabilities (PWD), combined with social stigma and violence, contribute to high HIV risk — a gap that must be filled if the disabled are not to remain disproportionately vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, say health experts and activists…”…

Stigma, Discrimination Pose Threats To HIV Efforts

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: A look at AIDS 2014: Stigma and discrimination pose barriers to accessing health services In a guest post, Laura Nyablade of the Health Policy Project and RTI International discusses stigma and discrimination and their impacts on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts (Barton, 7/28).

AIDS 2014 Closes With Memorial, Calls To Reduce Stigma

Inter Press Service: AIDS Conference Mourns the Dead, Debates Setbacks “The 20th International AIDS Conference concluded [Friday] as the first in its history that remembered not just the 39 million people worldwide who have died of AIDS but also those who lost their lives in the crashed MH17 flight carrying…