A PLoS One study published Tuesday sheds a new light on why men who have been circumcised are less likely to become infected with HIV, ANI/Times of India reports (1/6). Pooling data from “three randomized-control trials in sub-Saharan Africa, where the circumcision rate is relatively low and the HIV infection rate is relatively high,” the researchers from the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Johns Hopkins University found “for the first time that circumcision significantly changes the bacterial community of the penis,” according to a TGen press release.
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby on Tuesday in an interview with Reuters outlined the need for the U.S. to shift the focus of PEPFAR’s “global multibillion-dollar fight against HIV/AIDS to transform healthcare in some of the world’s poorest countries,” the news agency writes.
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Zimbabwe Wants ToÂ Boost AccessÂ To ART By End Of 2010, Health Minister Says Zimbabwe’s government plans work with international organizations to increase the number of people receivingÂ anti-retroviral therapy (ART) to 300,000 by the end of the year, up from the 180,000 who currently get the drugs, Henry Madzorera, the country’s health…
A travel ban in place since 1987 that prevented non-U.S. citizens with HIV/AIDS from entering the country officially ended Monday, The Hill’s “Blog Briefing Room” reports (Romm, 1/4).
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About 20,000 People Homeless After Tajikistan Earthquake, Officials Say “Tajikistan officials say about 20,000 people have been left homeless after an earthquake rocked the impoverished central Asian nation” on Saturday, VOA News reports. The quake severed electrical supplies and communications in affected areas, officials said (1/3). A regional spokesperson for…
The Associated Press reports on how the misuse of drugs worldwide has contributed to drug-resistant diseases in a series of articles following a six-month investigation by the news service. The AP examines growing resistance to HIV drugs: “Ten years ago, between 1 percent and 5 percent of HIV patients worldwide…
The Independent examines the expansion of human diseases that originated in animals. “At least 45 diseases that have passed from animals to humans have been reported to U.N. agencies in the last two decades, with the number expected to escalate in the coming years,” the Independent writes.
NPR’s “All Things Considered” examines the Obama administration’s global HIV/AIDS policy. “Instead of relying on one program, such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR, [U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric] Goosby says the U.S. has a new five-year strategy that would help low and middle income countries build their own health care systems that incorporate international health programs,” according to NPR.
Changes “aimed at increasing the agencyâ€™s efficiency and making it more user-friendly” include combining “the work of the malaria branch, the epidemiology program and HIV/AIDS efforts” under the newly formed Center for Global Health, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. According to the Federal Register, where the changes were outlined, the CDC’s Coordinating Center for Global Health will now be titled the Center for Global Health.
Business Day Examines Business Of Feeding World’s Hungry In a Business Day opinion piece, analyst Shoshana Perrey examines U.S. food aid policy: “When the U.S. Congress passed Bill PL 480 in 1954, the American food aid regime was founded on four principles: find an outlet for the mounting tonnes of…