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Laws Criminalizing HIV Transmission Threaten AIDS Efforts, Progress

Reuters: ‘Bad’ laws hurt sex workers, gays from Uganda to Nepal, AIDS meeting told “…[O]ne of the major concerns of the gathering of 12,000 AIDS activists, scientists, and people living with HIV is how the criminalization of groups at high risk of HIV — such as gay men, sex workers,…

Overcoming Stigma, Discrimination Key To Ending AIDS

Devex: Redoubling efforts to fight stigma and discrimination key to ending AIDS Anne Stangl, senior behavioral scientist at the International Center for Research on Women “…As the world’s attention turns to HIV and AIDS this week, we must redouble our efforts to ensure that sufficient attention is focused on how…

Birx Discusses AIDS 2014, Importance Of PEPFAR In Interview

AIDS.gov blog: Ambassador Birx Shares Highlights from AIDS 2014 and Introduces PEPFAR Dashboards Miguel Gomez, director of AIDS.gov and a senior communications adviser in the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at HHS, interviews Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx about the first days of the International…

GHTC Provides Roundup Of Recent Global Health Research News

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Research Roundup: Smart power, TB research, female condoms, HIV resource tracking, and more Nick Taylor, GHTC’s senior program assistant, highlights “some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week” (7/21).

Kenya To Pilot Mass Drug Administration To Combat Malaria

IRIN: Kenya to pilot community-wide malaria treatments “Kenya is experimenting with unconventional methods to tackle high malaria rates through the piloting of mass drug administration (MDA) — treating entire communities with anti-malarial drugs, regardless of whether they have the parasite…” (7/18).

Private Sector Can Accelerate Achievement Of AIDS-Free Generation

Devex: Step up the pace on investment, PPPs for an AIDS-free generation Catherine Thompson, principal associate and strategic lead for HIV and AIDS at Abt Associates “…The private sector represents a broad range of potential partners that could be engaged to accelerate achievement of an AIDS-free generation. … To achieve…

Congress Investigating CDC Security Lapses

News outlets discuss security lapses recently uncovered at CDC facilities. CNN: CDC’s lab problems have ripple effect on other outbreaks “The lab mishaps at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are having ‘broad impacts,’ compromising care for patients with diseases like tuberculosis and chikungunya and potentially slowing work overseas…

U.S. Reports First Locally Acquired Cases Of Chikungunya; Puerto Rico Declares Epidemic

News outlets report on the first locally acquired case of chikungunya virus reported in the U.S., as Puerto Rico declares the disease epidemic. Associated Press: Puerto Rico declares chikungunya epidemic “Health officials in Puerto Rico on Thursday declared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya, which was introduced…

PrEP Programs Gain Momentum As Solution To AIDS Epidemic

Huffington Post: New Momentum on PrEP, But Critical Needs Are Overlooked Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC “…PrEP [(the use of a daily medication that reduces the risk of HIV infection)] is an option for many people, not only for gay men. … Global health leaders should be working, now,…

Protect Dignity, Human Rights Of Central American Child Migrants, Ban Says

U.N. News Centre: Easing plight of child migrants fleeing Central America requires ‘compassionate solutions’ — Ban “Deeply concerned by the ‘urgent humanitarian situation’ of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [Wednesday] called for governments of countries where the children start, continue, or finish their journeys, to protect…