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Lawmakers, Activists Pressure Obama To Act On HIV/AIDS, USA TODAY Reports

“President Obama is facing renewed pressure from U.S. lawmakers and activists to take legacy-setting action to combat HIV/AIDS,” USA TODAY reports, noting recent actions by members of Congress and AIDS activists in the U.S. and abroad urging Obama to scale up the number of people receiving treatment under PEPFAR and…

HIV Care Cascade Critical To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

“The cascade of HIV care — an approach that links prevention outreach, testing and treatment services across a continuum of care — helps identify the key opportunities to improve services to stop the spread of HIV. This tool has come to Vietnam at a critical time,” Ward Cates, president emeritus…

Multivitamins Help Delay Antiretroviral Use Among New HIV Patients, Study Shows

“New research from Africa suggests that basic multivitamin and selenium supplements might greatly lower the risk that untreated people with the AIDS virus will get sicker over a two-year period,” HealthDay News reports (Dotinga, 11/26). “Patients taking a daily combination of vitamins B, C and E along with selenium for…

AIDS Activists Commend, Criticize Uganda’s Option B+ Implementation

“Uganda has gotten plenty of kudos and some criticism over its roll out of the new antiretroviral therapy for pregnant women and their babies, known as Option B+,” Inter Press Service reports. “Recommended by the [WHO] in June 2012, Option B+ consists in life-long provision of [antiretroviral (ARV)] therapy to…

IRIN Examines Efforts To Improve HIV Prevention, Treatment Access For Key Groups

“Around the world, the most marginalized groups in society — from Roma to HIV-positive people to sex workers to drug users — are reluctant to access basic health services because they fear arrest, intimidation and harassment,” IRIN reports. “While donors and governments spend vast amounts to put these critical services…

Blog Examines CDC Data On Determinants Of HIV Treatment Attrition

In a joint post in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, “the second in a series of three on the quality of PEPFAR’s HIV treatment programs,” Mead Over, a senior fellow at  CGD, and research assistant Yuna Sakuma examine “why some facilities do better than others…

TB Is An Evolving Threat Globally, In U.S.

In a Newsweek opinion piece, Polly Price, an author and law professor at Emory University, examines the evolving threat of tuberculosis (TB) — “not only in the developing world, but also inside the United States, where the [CDC] recorded nearly 10,000 cases of TB last year.” She highlights the issue…

U.S. Should Intensify Efforts To Expand HIV Treatment, Develop Vaccine, Find Cure

“[I]n a remarkable show of wise bipartisan support, on [November 19] the U.S. Congress reauthorized [PEPFAR] and the U.S. investment in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by passing legislation to extend the program’s authorization,” Myron Cohen, associate vice chancellor for global health at the University of…

Rwanda Launches Non-Surgical Circumcision Drive In Effort To Cut HIV Infections

“Rwanda launched Tuesday a national drive to ‘non-surgically’ circumcise 700,000 men in a bid to cut rates of HIV infection, claiming to be the first country in the world to do so,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The government said circumcision was one of its key strategies for “achieving an AIDS-free generation”…