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Early HIV Treatment Reduces Death, Likelihood Of TB, Study Finds

“Early treatment for HIV cuts patients’ risk of death by about 75 percent,” according to a study conducted in Haiti and published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The study also demonstrated that “early antiretroviral treatment reduces the likelihood of tuberculosis, a leading cause of death among HIV patients, by 50 percent,” the news service writes (Aquino, 7/14).

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Blog: Global AIDS Coordinator Goosby Speaks About Uganda HIV Treatment  As part of a series in advance of AIDS 2010, the “Science Speaks” blog features an interview with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby “about his expectations for the conference, what was behind the Uganda problem with shortages of AIDS medicine, and whether…

U.N. Needs $5B For Humanitarian Aid This Year, Mid-Year Report Says

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) launched its mid-year appeal Wednesday, requesting “nearly $5 billion to meet its commitment to help 53 million people in 34 countries who need humanitarian aid this year as a result of conflict and disasters,” the Associated Press reports.

Also In Global Health News: North Korean Health Crisis; HIV/AIDS In India; Antibiotics For Malaria Prevention; WHO Flu Pandemic Status; Dengue In Florida; HIV/AIDS Among IDUs In Ukraine

Amnesty International Report Describes North Korea’s ‘Desperate Picture of Health’ A new report by Amnesty International paints a “desperate picture of the health of North Korea’s population,” the Guardian reports. Amnesty International describes “a country of stunted children, where the hungry eat poisonous plants and pigfeed … amputations are conducted without…

AP Further Examines How PEPFAR Helped Inform New U.S. Domestic HIV/AIDS Strategy

“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.

New HIV Treatment Strategy Could Reduce HIV-Related Deaths By 10M In 15 Years, UNAIDS Says

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.

Also In Global Health News: Ill Russian Prisoners; Afghan Drug Users Risk Awareness; China’s AIDS Activists Face Pressure; Foreign Aid Documentary; World Bank Africa Strategy

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…