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Supreme Court Justices Hear Arguments In Case Challenging Anti-Prostitution Pledge

“Supreme Court justices appeared divided on Monday as they considered a challenge to a law requiring non-profit organizations to adopt an anti-prostitution policy in order to obtain federal funding for HIV/AIDS programs abroad,” Reuters reports (Hurley, 4/22). “The disputed provision is part of a 2003 law under which the United…

Kaiser Family Foundation, CSIS Host Panel Discussion On IOM’s PEPFAR Evaluation

On Tuesday, April 30, from 2:00-3:30 p.m., the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center will host a panel discussion, titled “The Policy Implications of the Institute of Medicine’s Evaluation of PEPFAR,” at the CSIS conference center in Washington, D.C. Moderated…

PEPFAR Reauthorization ‘Rests With Congress,’ OGAC Official Says

Speaking at a briefing on Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator Julia Martin said “[t]he decision about whether to reauthorize [PEPFAR] ‘rests with Congress. … Whether we move in that direction is yet to be fully determined but PEPFAR…

Goosby Discusses Global AIDS Fight At CSIS Event

Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, said that a recent $75 million pledge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chevron and Johnson & Johnson could help “eliminate new HIV-infected children by 2015 and keep mothers alive,” McClatchy/News & Observer reports.

New Tools Can Significantly Reduce HIV/AIDS Worldwide

“We are entering a new era in HIV prevention. PEPFAR promoted a ‘combination prevention’ strategy from the beginning. But the tools were limited. Scientific advances could give individuals the ability to determine the prevention intervention that works best for them. Preliminary mathematical models suggest that combining a full range of prevention interventions is additive – and could drive the epidemic down to a manageable level so that when a vaccine is available, it could mop up what remains,” former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Mark Dybul writes in a Huffington Post opinion piece.

Congress Should Take The Lead In Foreign Aid Reform

Citing PEPFAR, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the President’s Malaria Initiative as pieces of the “remarkable success story” of U.S. foreign aid over the past decade, former Congress member and Ambassador to Tanzania Mark Green writes in a post on the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network’s “ModernizeAid” blog, “While our budget…

Shah Congratulates Researchers On PrEP Findings

In statement released Thursday, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said, “I congratulate the Partners PrEP and CDC TDF2 teams on their study findings demonstrating that PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) – and HIV medication when taken orally, once a day – is highly effective in preventing HIV in heterosexual men and women. ……

Swaziland’s King Mswati Urges Men To Get Circumcised To Prevent HIV Infection

Swaziland’s King Mswati III on Friday called on men in the kingdom to get circumcised to help reduce their risk of contracting HIV, Agence France-Presse reports. “Urging his nation to ‘take care of your lives – stay away from activities that could give you the disease,’ the king struck a very different note from his pronouncement to parliament a decade ago that HIV-positive people should be ‘branded and sterilized,'” the news agency writes.