IRIN/PlusNews reports that hundreds of Kenyan HIV/AIDS advocates took to the streets of Nairobi on Wednesday “to demand that the government meet its commitment to increase annual health and HIV funding.”
AIDS Mortality In China Drops By Nearly Two Thirds Since 2002 When Country Began Free Treatment Program
China’s HIV/AIDS-related mortality has dropped from 39.3 per 100 person-years in 2002 to 14.2 in 2009, or 64 percent, since the nation began providing free antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 2002, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and published online Wednesday in Lancet Infectious Diseases, the New York Times reports (McNeil, 5/18).
HIV-positive people living in China “are routinely being denied medical treatment in mainstream hospitals due to fear and ignorance about the disease,” according to a study based on interviews with 103 people living with HIV/AIDS and 23 health care workers that was conducted by the International Labor Organization and China’s National Center for STD and AIDS Prevention and Control, Reuters reports (Wee, 5/17).
Global Health Partnership Announces First-, Second-Line AIDS Drugs Price Reductions In Developing World
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, UNITAID, and the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) “said on Tuesday [they] had secured price reductions on key AIDS drugs for HIV-positive patients in poorer countries,” Reuters reports.
New U.N. Website: The new site focuses on the upcoming High Level Meeting on AIDS in New York, June 8-10,Â according toÂ an update on theÂ UNAIDS Facebook page. It includes program information, background materials and other details relevant to the meeting (5/18). Cultivating The WHO’s Strengths: This CSIS Global Health Policy Center…
In a post on Foreign Policy’s “Passport” blog, assistant managing editor Elizabeth Dickinson looks at the potential ramifications of a recent study, which found that early antiretroviral treatment in HIV-positive people can prevent transmission by 96 percent.
“Health officials on Monday celebrated a faster treatment for people who have tuberculosis but aren’t infectious, after investigators found a new combination of pills knocks out the disease in three months instead of nine,” the Associated Press/Seattle Times reports (Stobbe, 5/16).
In light of study findings released last week showing the risk of HIV transmission can be reduced by 96 percent if HIV-positive patients begin combination antiretroviral therapy as soon as possible, a San Francisco Chronicle editorial asks, “The evidence is clearly starting to show that it’s much better to treat patients earlier, but from where will the money come?”
U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Jerry Lanier on Friday in Kampala launched a Mobile Medical Male Circumcision clinic, a project of the PEPFAR-supported Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP), New Vision reports.
Legislation that criminalizes homosexual acts in Uganda did not make it to the floor of the country’s Parliament on Friday, meaning “the bill is essentially dead, for the moment,” PRI’s “The World” reports (Porter, 5/13).