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Cuba: A Regime’s Tight Grip on AIDS

Whatever debate may linger about the government’s harsh early tactics — until 1993, everyone who tested positive for H.I.V. was forced into quarantine — there is no question that they succeeded. Cuba now has one of the world’s smallest epidemics, a mere 14,038 cases. Its infection rate is 0.1 percent, on par with Finland, Singapore and Kazakhstan.

Published
08 May 2012
From
New York Times
Why are so many abstracts being rejected at the International AIDS Conference?

The Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men and HIV (MSMGF) has brought to light a phenomenon that is already common knowledge: the high rejection rate of abstracts on issues and programs aimed at gay men and men who have sex with men for the International AIDS Conference, reports Javier Hourcade Bellocq.

Published
04 May 2012
From
Corresponales Clave
Study finds HIV/AIDS funding does not undermine health care services for other diseases

A six-year investigation of health clinics in Rwanda by researchers at Brandeis University infuses fresh evidence into a long-standing debate about whether the intensive focus on HIV/AIDS, which in 2010 alone killed 1.8 million people, is undermining other health services, particularly in African countries that are at the epicenter of the pandemic.

Published
03 May 2012
From
EurekAlert (press release)
TB identified as a top priority in fighting the biggest killer diseases

Research released by the Copenhagen Consensus Center yesterday identified TB as a key priority for infectious disease control in terms of cost effectiveness and disease burden. The paper points out that the majority of TB deaths occur among adults in their economically most productive years, which can be an instigator for a family falling into poverty. Addressing TB is therefore of utmost importance, especially considering how cost effective TB interventions are.

Published
03 May 2012
From
TB Europe Coalition
HIV funding and programming targeted at gay and bisexual men in the U.S.: Reasons for hope, and cause for concern

As President Obama’s 2010 National HIV/AIDS Strategy states, in boldface type, “The United States cannot reduce the number of HIV infections nationally without better addressing HIV among gay and bisexual men.” We agree. We must all reengage with our allies in the Administration and Congress to ensure that this aspirational statement is realized in action.

Published
30 April 2012
From
Funders Concerned About AIDS
HIV/AIDS activists hoping anxiously that health care law survives Supreme Court review

For many HIV-positive Americans, and those who advocate on their behalf, these are days of anxious waiting as the Supreme Court ponders President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Published
26 April 2012
From
Washington Post
Treatment as prevention: Action in China

Dr. Zunyou Wu, Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offered the audience at the 2nd International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver new information about China’s response to new evidence on treatment as prevention.

Published
25 April 2012
From
Science Speaks
Three Big HIV Days in May at the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has three important advisory committees planned in May to review new strategies in prevention, treatment and diagnostic testing, according to an AIDS.gov blog post by Richard Klein, who heads the agency’s Office of Special Health Issues.

Published
19 April 2012
From
AIDSMeds
US Reveals Nearly $1.5 Billion in Unspent AIDS Money

Why did the administration submit a fiscal year 2013 budget that called for a $550 million reduction — an 11 percent cut — in its global AIDS program? US officials say that the government didn’t need more money because there has been nearly $1.5 billion stuck in the pipeline for 18 months or more.

Published
19 April 2012
From
Global Post
Global Fund: A Rogues' Gallery

Grantees of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria who allegedly committed fraud or misused funds unwittingly did a lot of damage to the Fund – and, many say, global health - as donors withdrew and the beleaguered organization faced a "crisis of confidence" in recent years. But the Fund has responded and is undergoing an extensive restructuring process. IRIN/PlusNews takes a look at some of the alleged fraudsters and the progress of the investigations.

Published
19 April 2012
From
IRIN Plus News

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