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Trump taps Georgia health director to lead CDC

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced the selection of Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist who is commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health , to direct the $12.1 billion Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

Published
10 July 2017
From
Science
Trump plan would limit PEPFAR “epidemic control” efforts to 12 countries

Neither Rex Tillerson nor the document expanded on which countries would be on their own in 2018, or how they would be chosen.

Published
07 July 2017
From
Science Speaks
African Union endorses major new initiatives to end AIDS

African heads of state have endorsed two major new initiatives to help end AIDS by 2030.

Published
04 July 2017
From
UNAIDS
Support Groups a Driver to PrEP Rollout in Kenya

Kenya passed a major milestone in the fight against HIV on May 4, 2017 when it launched a nation-wide initiative to bring oral PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), antiretroviral drugs for preventing HIV, to the people who need it. A team made up of LVCT Health staff and AVAC staff recently visited the implementing sites to gather stories and collect lessons learnt as part of the OPTIONS project. We interviewed providers, adherence counselors and people using PrEP who shared their journeys of PrEP uptake and adherence.

Published
28 June 2017
From
AVAC
US, PEPFAR can do more to influence policies that hinder fight against HIV/AIDS

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, recognizes the negative role of stigma in the fight against HIV. However, authors of a study published this month by University of Washington researchers say the program has done little to address anti-gay legislation as the primary driver of stigma in Africa.

Published
28 June 2017
From
University of Washington School of Public Health
The gospel according to Mark Dybul, the man working to end three plagues

Dybul is adamant that the Global Fund’s next executive director does not need to be a technically-minded public health expert. The organization would benefit from someone who understands how to structure deals, how to pitch policymakers, and how to reach into the private sector where the majority of people in countries with big disease burdens — like India and Indonesia — actually access their healthcare, Dybul said.

Published
26 June 2017
From
Devex
Derailing Progress: The Human Impact of the U.S. FY2018 Global Health Budget

The U.S. government's efforts to fight the global AIDS pandemic through both the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund have been transformative in the global AIDS response. The Administration has proposed cuts that would decrease global AIDS funding to PEPFAR and USAID by a total of $800 million in Fiscal Year 2018, representing a 17% decrease. This substantial decrease could dismantle hard-fought progress against HIV, resulting in thousands of HIV treatment disruptions for adults and children, new HIV infections, and preventable AIDS-related deaths.

Published
19 June 2017
From
amfAR
World Health Organisation: HIV-preventing PrEP drugs are ‘Essential Medicines’

The World Health Organisation has added HIV-preventing drugs to its Essential Medicines List, in the strongest backing yet for the use of PrEP.

Published
09 June 2017
From
Pink News
Swiss Grindr survey finds 50% want to use PrEP in the next six months

A survey of Swiss gay men and men who have sex with men recruited through the Grindr networking app has found that while only 4.3% had taken

Published
08 June 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Belgium, Portugal and Brazil will provide PrEP through their health services; Morocco announces a PrEP study

In the last two weeks, several countries have announced that they will soon launch pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programmes. On 19 May, Belgium announced that it would start

Published
05 June 2017
By
Gus Cairns

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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