“The national strategy for combatting HIV and AIDS the Obama administration released Tuesday credits the Bush-era international campaign against AIDS for setting clear targets and ensuring a variety of agencies and groups worked together smoothly to achieve them,” the Associated Press writes in a piece that examines how PEPFAR served to inform the national strategy.
UNAIDS on Tuesday outlined a new strategy, called “Treatment 2.0,” to simplify the provision of HIV treatment and improve global access to antiretrovirals (ARVs), Reuters reports. The agency says the plan could prevent up to 10 million AIDS-related deaths by 2025 and reduce the number of new HIV infections annually by up to one million, if all people in need receive treatment, according to the news service.
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More Than Half Of Russian Prisoners Ill, Many With HIV, TB “Almost half of inmates in Russia’s notorious prison system are ill, many infected with HIV or with tuberculosis, the country’s Federal Prison Service said late Tuesday,” Reuters reports. Out of 846,000 prisoners, 55,000 are infected with HIV and 40,000…
U.N. Report Released Ahead Of International AIDS Conference: HIV Prevalence Drops Among Young Africans
The number of new HIV infections among young people in Africa is falling in most of the “25 countries hardest hit by the virus,” according to a report released Tuesday by UNAIDS, the Associated Press reports.
President Barack Obama plans to “unveil the first formal national HIV/AIDS strategy on Tuesday, a plan that aims to reduce the number of new cases [in the U.S.] by 25 percent in the next five years, officials said,” the Washington Post reports.
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Post-Earthquake RecoveryÂ In Haiti ‘Stalled’ The “paltry scale of the Pentagon’s reconstruction endeavor [in Haiti]Â — 1.6 million people displaced and the American military is contributing a few classrooms? — is emblematic of the international response,” columnist Dana Milbank writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. “Only 2 percent of promised reconstruction…
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Heterosexual Transmission Driving Ukraine’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic Heterosexual transmission has “overtaken drug abuse as the main cause of AIDS” in Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reports. “In 2009, 43 percent of Ukrainians infected with HIV caught the virus through heterosexual sex and 35 percent by drug injection,” AFP writes, referencing a national report…
2010 Aspen Ideas Festival Addresses U.S. HIV/AIDS Funding, Global Health Systems, Food Security And More
Moderator Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, began a session on Sunday at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival by asking how a decade of momentum for global health improvement could be sustained in the face of the economic downturn and what is seen by some as waning financial commitment from donor nations. Nigel Crisp, an independent crossbench member of the U.K.’s House of Lords, Ezekiel Emanuel, a senior White House advisor on health, and Francis Omaswa, founder and executive director of the African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation, participated in the discussion.
“An effective vaccine against the AIDS virus may have moved one step closer to reality, researchers said Thursday,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “Federal researchers have identified a pair of naturally occurring antibodies that are able to kill more than 90% of all strains of the AIDS virus, a finding they say could lead to the development of new treatments for HIV infections and to the production of the first successful vaccine against the virus” (Maugh, 7/9).
In a special section in advance of the AIDS Conference, Science examines the “state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Russia and Ukraine, which account for more than 90% of HIV infections in Eastern Europe.”