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Reuters Examines Debate Among Non-Profit Groups Over Anti-Prostitution Pledge Law

“A Supreme Court case that challenges a law requiring anti-prostitution policies for HIV/AIDS programs seeking federal money has generated a split among non-profit groups that counsel sex workers overseas,” Reuters reports. “The case involves a 2003 law that bars funding for groups that work on HIV/AIDS prevention but do not…

South Africa Announces Rollout Of New Single-Dose ARV Therapy

“South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Monday the launch of a new single-dose combination antiretroviral [ARV] drug that will cost just 89 rand a month ($10) per patient, potentially revolutionizing AIDS treatment in the country,” Salon reports (McDonough, 4/9). “The new pill will be introduced this month to…

Military Spending In African Countries ‘Dwarfs’ HIV/AIDS, Health Budgets

Inter Press Service: What’s More Important, the War on AIDS or Just War? “They say there is a war on and its target is the deadly human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This war runs worldwide but its main battleground is sub-Saharan Africa … With many competing health problems, funding for AIDS…

Lancet Series Shows Decriminalizing Sex Work Vital To Preventing Spread Of HIV

RH Reality Check: The Evidence Is In: Decriminalizing Sex Work Is Critical to Public Health Anna Forbes, Washington, D.C.-based writer, policy analyst, organizer, and women’s health activist, and Sarah Patterson, executive director of Persist Health Project, discuss a recently released Lancet series of articles on HIV and decriminalizing sex work…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Issue 47 of the Global Fund News Flash includes an article on Zambian partnerships for malaria control, details on the Fund’s technical assistance to countries and NGOs, and an article on health systems in South Sudan (8/14).

Experts Warn Contraceptive Access Lacking For HIV-Positive African Women

Inter Press Service: The Weakest Link of HIV Prevention in Africa — Contraception “In the rush to save babies from HIV infection and treat their mothers, experts warn that a key element of HIV prevention is being neglected in Africa — contraceptives for HIV-positive women…” (Gathigah, 8/14).

Fake Cures, Myths Inhibit Efforts To Prevent, Treat HIV/AIDS

NPR: Fake Cures For AIDS Have A Long And Dreadful History “…[A]ny claim for an unproven cure, offering hope that could deter patients from effective treatment, is cruel. But myths, false claims and outright fraud have persisted in the AIDS epidemic…” (Brink, 8/17).

Expanding Family Planning Services Can Reduce HIV Infection In Children, Study Says

Inter Press Service: Helping Uganda’s HIV-positive Women Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies “…In the last decade, Uganda’s modern contraceptive use among women has slowly increased from 18 percent to 26 percent. Though low, this level of contraceptive use likely averted 20 percent of pediatric HIV infections and 13 percent of AIDS-related children’s…

Better Data Collection Needed To End AIDS

The Hill: Poor data imperils global effort to end AIDS Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC, and Gregorio Millett, vice president and director of public policy for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research “…While the responsibility for good data lies with many, three major global institutions could make a huge…

PEPFAR Helps To Advance MDGs

PEPFAR: 500 Days from 2015 MDGs Target: How is PEPFAR Contributing? The blog post describes how PEPFAR is contributing to advancing six of the eight Millennium Development Goals. “…PEPFAR is the foundation of much of what can be done to meet our global health and development goals…” (8/18).