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Critiquing UNAIDS HIV Prevention Goals, AVAC Calls For Honed Strategy

The global HIV advocacy group AVAC has raised an alarm that global goals for HIV prevention may prove ineffectual due to their vagueness.

Published
24 February 2015
From
AIDSMeds
PEPFAR requires its programs to seek, use, document civil society input in planning

With an emphasis on reaching populations with the highest rates of HIV and the least access to prevention and treatment services, the new guidelines note that local civil society involvement is needed to inform and sustain effective outreach to neglected populations, and the guidelines establish procedures to ensure that involvement is sought and put to use.

Published
16 February 2015
From
Science Speaks
Obama Budget Boosts U.S. HIV and Hepatitis Funding, Cuts Global AIDS and TB

President Obama's proposed $4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2016 would increase funding for CDC's viral hepatitis and HIV prevention efforts, boost spending for HIV research, and allocate more to combat antibiotic resistance. But the plan would cut overall global health funding, including support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis.

Published
09 February 2015
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
No improvements in CD4 count at diagnosis in African patients in last decade

A study by Harvard Medical School has found that the average CD4 count in sub-Saharan African people who are diagnosed with HIV has not risen since 2002.

Published
04 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Bill Gates Predicts Two Miracles for AIDS Relief by 2030

Bill Gates said he expects a pair of advances by 2030 that will eliminate most of the damage from AIDS. Improved treatment and the development of a vaccine to prevent new infections are the “two miracles” needed to help turn the tide, the billionaire said Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Published
26 January 2015
From
Bloomberg
New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The latest issue of the Global Fund News Flash discusses the importance of dialogue and cooperation for achieving global health goals; reaching key populations with HIV prevention, treatment, and care services; and preventing malaria in Myanmar.

Published
19 January 2015
From
The Global Fund
South African HIV Program on Rights of Sex Workers

“The introduction of a national HIV programme for sex workers finally plugs a gaping hole in our country’s response to the epidemic,” said Dr. Fareed Abdullah, CEO of the South African National AIDS Council. “General HIV services simply do not meet the special needs of sex workers.”

Published
13 January 2015
From
Global Fund press release
Who’s to blame for misuse of HIV drugs in Kenya?

Reports of sex workers misusing HIV drugs have left activists wondering if the government invested enough in HIV education before purchasing medicine, worth 4 billion Kenyan shilling. Many sex workers say clients prefer to have unprotected sex and will pay more money for it. This being a business, the women often choose to have unprotected sex, then rush to a public hospital for post-exposure prophylaxis medication, claiming they have been raped or had a burst condom. Some sex workers have also expressed uncertainties about the sustainability of the project, so they go to different hospitals and stockpile the medication, just in case it is no longer available in public hospitals.

Published
07 January 2015
From
Key Correspondents
Congress adds $300 million to PEPFAR for FY15, in bill global health advocates say recognizes critical needs

The allotment of $4.3 billion for PEPFAR restores half of the $600 million in cuts PEPFAR has seen since 2011.

Published
16 December 2014
From
Science Speaks
HIV dollars drop with waning philanthropic funds

Last year saw the lowest level of funding from charitable donors since 2007, the year when government spending on HIV began to drop. While the report notes that philanthropic support accounted for just three percent of all international funding for HIV-related efforts in low and middle-income countries, it has increasingly been cited in recent years as a source of support to fill gaps left by constricting national budgets.

Published
10 December 2014
From
Science Speaks

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