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South African Government Should Take Responsibility For HIV/AIDS Treatment

Noting the many successes of PEPFAR, Stuart Rennie, co-principal investigator of NIH/Fogarty bioethics grants for the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa, writes in his “Global Bioethics Blog,” “HIV requires lifelong treatment, and it is not healthy to have your existence depend on the decisions of a foreign government,…

Researchers, Organizations Urge Secretary Of State Kerry To Support AIDS Funding

“Saying they are ‘gravely concerned about reports that the Obama Administration’s FY 2014 budget requests for PEPFAR and the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] fail to provide adequate resources,’ researchers and physicians from programs, centers and institutions leading the international AIDS response sent a letter to Secretary of State…

Will Secretary Kerry Influence The White House AIDS Budget?

As John Kerry begins his role as Secretary of State, “some very important decisions will be being made, including the budget for the coming year for key development programs. Will Secretary Kerry fix the administration’s AIDS budget problem?” AIDS and human rights activist Matthew Kavanagh writes in the Huffington Post…

Guardian Reports On HIV-Related Employment Discrimination Case In China

“An aspiring teacher in south-east China has become the country’s first person to win compensation for an HIV-related employment discrimination, according to state media reports,” the Guardian writes. “The man had passed a written test and interview for the job last June; he took the local education bureau to court…

HIV/AIDS Legal Assessment Tool Aims To Tackle HIV-Related Discrimination

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, examines the HIV/AIDS Legal Assessment Tool (.pdf) created by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative. She says the tool “aims to tackle HIV-related discrimination by assessing countries’ compliance…

U.S. Supreme Court Should End ‘Counterproductive’ Federal Anti-Prostitution Pledge

In the Huffington Post’s “Politics” blog, journalist and author John-Manuel Andriote notes the U.S. Supreme Court this month agreed to hear a case challenging the federal anti-prostitution pledge, which requires groups that receive federal funding for overseas HIV/AIDS programs to sign a pledge denouncing prostitution and sex trafficking as a…

Blog Examines Next Steps Should A Therapeutic AIDS Vaccine Be Developed

In a post in the “Tomorrow Global” blog, Danielle Parsons, an HIV/AIDS specialist, highlights a number of advances made in the search for an AIDS vaccine, writing, “All of this work is promising, and it’s starting to feel like we’re back on track for a successful therapeutic vaccine in the…

Urging U.N. To Collect, Report Data On Aging Population Affected By HIV

“Estimates suggest that by 2040, over nine million people with HIV will be 50 or older in sub-Saharan Africa, triple that of current data,” the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance writes in The Body. “Despite this, the 2012 UNAIDS report does not mention the aging of HIV,” and “[b]ecause it does not…

UNAIDS Presents Online Discussion On Post-2015 AIDS Agenda

The World We Want 2015 webpage is hosting an online discussion (eDiscussion), presented by UNAIDS as part of the Post-2015 Health Thematic Consultation and running from January 21 through February 3, according to the webpage. The eDiscussion — an “open and inclusive online discussion for individuals, and members of civil…

DRC Reducing Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission, PlusNews Reports

“The HIV infection rate has declined among pregnant women in the Republic of Congo from 3.4 percent in 2009 to 2.8 percent in 2012, according to a study by the Ministry of Health, which said it had taken specific action to help this section of the population,” PlusNews reports. “‘This significant decrease…

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