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ART As Part Of HIV Prevention Strategy Supported By WHO

“AIDS drugs should be given to all who need them to reduce new infections, the World Health Organization said,” following a three-day meeting on the topic of using antiretroviral therapy (ART) to prevent the spread of HIV, Bloomberg reports. “Providing more antiretroviral drugs ‘will achieve a significant transmission benefit,’ Teguest Guerma, interim director of the WHO’s AIDS department, said … ‘In the past, there has been a false dichotomy between prevention and treatment. …’That is really what has been corrected. Prevention and treatment are two faces of the same coin'” (Bennett, 11/5).

Publications Examine U.S. Funding For Global HIV/AIDS

In light of a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) report calling for sustained HIV/AIDS funding, VOA News writes: “Many AIDS-related groups and activists have been calling on U.S. President Barack Obama to fulfill his funding pledges made during the presidential campaign. But are they asking too much, considering the economic downturn?” Sharonann Lynch, an HIV policy advisor for MSF, said, “PEPFAR has the opportunity to save six million lives and it shouldn’t settle for three.”

MSF Calls For Sustained Commitment To Global HIV/AIDS Funding

During a press conference on Thursday, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned that the “global economic crisis and calls to commit funds to other health crises” threatened to undermine recent gains in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the Associated Press reports. MSF “says money for other health issues should be given in addition to money for [HIV/]AIDS” (11/5).

PEPFAR Expands Efforts To Improve Health Services Worldwide Through Use Of Mobile Devices

Fierce Mobile reports on the recent announcement that PEPFAR is teaming up with the United Nations Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Vodafone Foundation to be a founding member of the mHealth Alliance, “a group seeking to bring health services to the most remote corners of the globe using mobile networks and technologies.” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby announced the partnership during a keynote address last week during the inaugural mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C., according to the news service (Versel, 11/3).

Also In Global Health News: Breast Cancer In Developing World; Burkina Faso ITN Distribution; Diarrhea In People Over Age Five; Gates Q&A

Researchers Highlight ‘Troubling Increase’ In Breast Cancer In Developing Countries “International cancer specialists meet this week to plan an assault on a troubling increase of breast cancer in developing countries, where nearly two-thirds of women aren’t diagnosed until it has spread through their bodies,” the Associated Press reports. Researchers will…

Health Affairs Issue Focuses On HIV/AIDS, NTDs

By 2031 developing countries could need an estimated $35 billion to fight HIV/AIDS – three times the amount currently spent, according to a Health Affairs study published Tuesday, the New York Times reports. The analysis – based on economic models that assumed condoms, drugs and circumcision would be widespread – found that “even under the best case … more than one million people would be newly infected each year.

Zuma Calls For Renewed Effort In Fight Against HIV/AIDS

South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday called for a renewed effort in the country’s fight against HIV/AIDS, the Star/Independent Online reports. During a speech to South Africa’s National Council of Provinces, which also addressed the country’s economy, Zuma pointed to what he called “chilling statistics” reflective of the “devastating impact HIV and AIDS” is having on the country (du Plessis, 10/30).