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New ONE Report Examines Global Commitments To Ending AIDS Pandemic

In a guest post in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog, Anupama Dathan, a health research assistant for ONE, “writes about a new report that examines global commitments to ending the AIDS pandemic,” the second in a series of annual AIDS accountability reports released by ONE. “The good news…

U.S. Military Helping African Militaries Confront HIV/AIDS Epidemic

“U.S. Africa Command [Africom] is making headway in helping militaries across Africa confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic through a program focused on prevention, care and treatment, a senior command official reported [Wednesday],” the American Forces Press Service reports. Mike Hrshchyshn, chief of humanitarian and health activities for Africom’s Security Cooperation Programs…

IRIN Examines PMTCT Efforts In Africa

IRIN examines efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in several countries in Africa after the WHO “updated its guidelines in July 2012, and added Option B+ to its recommendations.” Previously, “[t]reatment options recommended by the [WHO] to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV … have depended on CD4 count…

CDC, Other U.S. Agencies Will Continue Work To Make PEPFAR Succeed

Noting President Barack Obama this week signed into law the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013, CDC Director Tom Frieden writes in the agency’s newsroom, “Along with our colleagues at the HHS Office of Global Affairs, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),…

Researchers Report HIV Resurgence In Two Patients Who Had Undetectable Viral Loads

“Boston researchers are reporting the return of [HIV] in two patients who had become virus-free after undergoing bone marrow transplants, dashing hopes of a possible cure that had generated widespread excitement,” the Boston Globe reports. “The rebound of the virus shows its persistence, and that it can hide in places…

Ghana Launches Web-Based System For Reporting HIV-Related Discrimination

“On December 2 at World AIDS Day observations in Ghana, His Excellency Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur presided over the launch of a new web-based system for reporting HIV-related discrimination” that “will support people living with HIV and other key populations in upholding their rights and fighting discrimination,” Ron MacInnis,…

Study Shows Success Of HIV Therapy In South Africa

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines a study (.pdf) published recently in the Journal of Infectious Diseases that used mathematical analysis to show “[a]ntiretroviral treatment has provided South African HIV patients 2.8 million years of life from 2004 to 2012, and could provide as much as…

Media Coverage Of Mandela’s Death, AIDS Work Continues

Media outlets continue to examine the HIV/AIDS work of Nelson Mandela, who died at the age of 95 on Thursday. “As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, some observers are recalling the crucial role he played in advocating for science during the highly fraught AIDS crisis in South…

GlobalPost Blog Examines Ghana’s Success In Reducing Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines Ghana’s success in reducing its mother-to-child HIV transmission rate, saying some of the factors include support from PEPFAR and “a government arm that is exclusively dedicated to responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” In addition, “Ghana’s infant infection prevention programs, like most in west and central Africa,…

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