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  • Only half of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV received care and treatment in 2010

    Among gay and bisexual men in the United States who have been diagnosed with HIV, only half are receiving care and treatment for their infection, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And just 42 percent have achieved viral suppression – meaning their virus is under control at a level that helps keep them healthy and also greatly reduces their risk of transmitting HIV to others.

    29 September 2014 | CDC press release
  • Hard choices in Russia as the final HIV grant proposal is submitted

    The concept note delivered on 8 September for Russia's last HIV grant from the Global Fund was a perfect illustration of the conundrum facing a growing number of Eastern European/Central Asian countries: how to do more with less to fight a widening HIV epidemic. As more countries from the region 'graduate' from Global Fund eligibility due to their income classification, the funds that they could once count on to support prevention, harm reduction and other programs targeting vulnerable populations are disappearing. And there is little evidence that most national budgets are prepared or able to fill the vacuum.

    25 September 2014 | Aidspan
  • Has Jacob Zuma hurt the fight against AIDS more than Thabo Mbeki?

    Has South African president Jacob Zuma set back the the fight against HIV/AIDS more than his predecessor? Opposition leader Helen Zille believes so but the evidence shows otherwise.

    23 September 2014 | Africa Check
  • Southern states are now epicenter of HIV/AIDS in the US

    The original face of AIDS was that of a middle-class, often white, gay man living in New York or San Francisco. That picture has changed over time as people of color have become disproportionately affected by the epidemic. Today, the face of AIDS is black or Latino, poor, often rural — and Southern.

    23 September 2014 | Washington Post
  • US: CDC Posts 2014 State HIV Prevention Progress Report

    A new report shows that a number of states have already met or exceeded the national goals for 2015 for some indicators, the results show the need for improvement on one or more indicators in each and every state. In addition, overall, there is a wide gap in the results between states on most measures, indicating that people in some states are not benefiting equally from advances in HIV care and prevention.

    23 September 2014 | blog.aids.gov
  • Zimbabwe government to scale up anti-retroviral therapy services

    Wallace Mawire reports from Zimbabwe on the Ministry of Health and Child Care's plans to scale up anti-retroviral therapy services by the end of 2014, amid concerns over the current huge deficit.

    22 September 2014 | Key Correspondents
  • US: How Insurers Are Finding Ways to Shift Costs to the Sick

    Health insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients because of their pre-existing conditions or charge them more because of those conditions. But some health policy experts say insurers may be doing so in a more subtle way: by forcing people with a variety of illnesses — including Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and epilepsy — to pay more for their drugs.

    18 September 2014 | New York Times
  • Unique Health Care Challenges for Older Adults with HIV

    Dr. Meredith Greene, fellow in the Division of Geriatrics at University of California, San Francisco, has spent her career working out how to integrate HIV services and geriatric care. “Traditionally, those areas haven’t overlapped a lot,” she explains—yet as individuals with HIV live longer with increasingly more effective and tolerable HIV therapies, she recognizes the importance of tailoring medical care services for older HIV-positive adults to their unique medical needs.

    17 September 2014 | BETA blog
  • Why maps matter: Delivering the right HIV services in the right place at the right time

    In the third phase of PEPFAR, strategic planning is more urgently needed than ever. The following is a guest post by Anita Datar of the Health Policy Project on the role of geographical information systems in that planning.

    09 September 2014 | Science Speaks
  • England: Commissioners must collaborate, cooperate and coordinate to make it work, says new guide

    Public Health England (PHE) has today launched a new guide to the commissioning of sexual health, reproductive health, and HIV services.

    09 September 2014 | Public Health England press release
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