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Compassion Necessary Component For Ending AIDS

In an Atlantic opinion piece, singer and songwriter Sir Elton John writes about his experiences with HIV/AIDS and recounts the work of several organizations, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “I’ve seen the difference these heroes are making. … I’ve seen with my own eyes what’s possible when compassion is…

Rwanda Launches Non-Surgical Circumcision Drive In Effort To Cut HIV Infections

“Rwanda launched Tuesday a national drive to ‘non-surgically’ circumcise 700,000 men in a bid to cut rates of HIV infection, claiming to be the first country in the world to do so,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The government said circumcision was one of its key strategies for “achieving an AIDS-free generation”…

HIV Care Cascade Critical To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

“The cascade of HIV care — an approach that links prevention outreach, testing and treatment services across a continuum of care — helps identify the key opportunities to improve services to stop the spread of HIV. This tool has come to Vietnam at a critical time,” Ward Cates, president emeritus…

IRIN Examines Efforts To Improve HIV Prevention, Treatment Access For Key Groups

“Around the world, the most marginalized groups in society — from Roma to HIV-positive people to sex workers to drug users — are reluctant to access basic health services because they fear arrest, intimidation and harassment,” IRIN reports. “While donors and governments spend vast amounts to put these critical services…

IRIN Examines Health Advancements In Bangladesh, Need For HIV Services Among Migrants

IRIN examines how Bangladesh has significantly improved some health indicators. The Lancet “recently published a series exploring Bangladesh’s surprising success, calling it ‘one of the great mysteries of global health,'” the news service writes. According to the series, non-governmental organization participation, improved access to health services, and the “growing participation…

AIDS Activists Commend, Criticize Uganda’s Option B+ Implementation

“Uganda has gotten plenty of kudos and some criticism over its roll out of the new antiretroviral therapy for pregnant women and their babies, known as Option B+,” Inter Press Service reports. “Recommended by the [WHO] in June 2012, Option B+ consists in life-long provision of [antiretroviral (ARV)] therapy to…

U.S. Should Intensify Efforts To Expand HIV Treatment, Develop Vaccine, Find Cure

“[I]n a remarkable show of wise bipartisan support, on [November 19] the U.S. Congress reauthorized [PEPFAR] and the U.S. investment in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by passing legislation to extend the program’s authorization,” Myron Cohen, associate vice chancellor for global health at the University of…

Blog Examines CDC Data On Determinants Of HIV Treatment Attrition

In a joint post in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, “the second in a series of three on the quality of PEPFAR’s HIV treatment programs,” Mead Over, a senior fellow at  CGD, and research assistant Yuna Sakuma examine “why some facilities do better than others…

ONE Report Tracks Progress Toward End Of AIDS

“Beginning in 2012, ONE set out to write an annual accountability report, tracking just how much (or how little) progress was being made toward [ending AIDS]. And in this year’s report … we find encouraging news: if current rates of acceleration are sustained, we will achieve the beginning of the…