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South Africa’s National HIV Prevalence Increasing, Report Shows

News outlets highlight a new report (.pdf) showing South Africa’s HIV prevalence is rising. Health-e News: South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence & Behavior Survey, 2012 “The latest national HIV survey in South Africa finds increases in HIV prevalence, decreases in condom use and earlier sexual debut for boys among…

GSK To Add Antiretroviral Drug To Medicines Patent Pool

Reuters: GSK’s ViiV unit adds new HIV drug to AIDS patent pool “GlaxoSmithKline’s AIDS drugs business is to add one of its latest HIV medicines to a patent pool — cutting its future price for developing countries and pooling intellectual property rights. ViiV Healthcare, which is majority owned by the…

Public Private Partnerships Can Help Create AIDS-Free Generation

Huffington Post: An AIDS-Free Generation Rhonda Zygocki, executive vice president of policy and planning at Chevron Corporation “…[E]nding HIV transmission from mother to child remains one of the most achievable ways to realize an AIDS-free generation — with the potential to bring about an end to new infections, keep mothers…

Blog Examines Several Recent Reports On HIV/AIDS, Drug Policy, U.S. Budget

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes several items released recently, including the Treatment Action Group’s “TAGline” publication examining research and policy on HIV/AIDS; Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) FY 2015 budget resolution; a report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy titled, “The Negative Impact of the…

Aid Cuts To Uganda Will Disrupt Country’s Health Care, Officials, Activists Say

IRIN: Briefing: Punitive aid cuts disrupt healthcare in Uganda “Since the enactment of a draconian anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda just over a month ago, donors have been slashing or suspending aid to the country in protest. Health officials, activists, and NGOs warn that this could have a major impact on…

Senate Confirms Deborah Birx As New U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

“The Senate [on Wednesday] confirmed the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx, filling the post to lead the world’s largest health program with a career physician researcher who has headed two previous international AIDS programs. Dr. Deborah Birx comes to the post from CDC’s Global AIDS Program and previously led the…

Rwanda’s Health Sector Progress Since Genocide Provides Hope For Nation’s Future

The Lancet features a public health paper and an editorial on Rwanda’s health sector progress since the genocide 20 years ago. The Lancet: Rwanda 20 years on: investing in life Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s minister of health, Paul Farmer of Harvard Medical School, et al. “…The Rwandan Constitution of 2003 formalized…

Blogs Discuss Impacts Of Anti-Gay Laws In Nigeria, Uganda

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes the impacts of anti-gay laws in Nigeria and Uganda, stating, “…[T]he impact of both laws have played out volubly and violently across their landscapes, while responses to the laws remain in limbo” (Barton, 4/3). In a post on Humanosphere, development…

Advocacy Groups Welcome Birx Confirmation To Head U.S. Government’s AIDS Efforts

“Advocates began lauding the long-awaited confirmation of Dr. Deborah Birx as the new global AIDS ambassador yesterday as soon as the Senate finished unanimously voting for the former head of the CDC’s Global AIDS Program to take over former Ambassador Eric Goosby’s position as the head of PEPFAR,” the Center…