0 Visualizing Schisto: Common parasite may increase women’s HIV risk

Washing day in MozambiqueFlickr, domink raskin In sub-Saharan Africa, the burden of schistosomiasis – a disease caused by water-borne parasitic worms – disproportionately affects females. What’s more, it may explain why women uniquely account for a greater percentage of people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa. This differs starkly from other…

3 From Russia with alarm: Conflict fuels fast growing HIV epidemic

By Natalie Flath, aka Natasha, a health advocate and activist based in St. Petersburg, Russia. Flath, a Seattle area who is working on HIV issues there, will be attending a meeting aimed at trying to improve Eastern Europe’s losing war on HIV-AIDS. Natalie somewhere in Russia SOUTHERN RUSSIA (out and…

0 What global health needs is more (value for) money

The Global Fund was, and is, one of the most hopeful, compassionate and impressive things the international community has done in a long time. That’s why it’s being celebrated in and around the grand UN confab this week. That’s why some cheered when Britain announced it would give another $1.6 billion this week, and it’s also why some are clamoring for even more funds – since many millions more are still not reached. But like most things we humans do when we rush in to fix something, it was also seriously flawed.

0 Visualizing progress on 3 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

In today’s post, we’ll use Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010) data to explore how much progress countries have made in two key health MDGs, 4 and 6, the former focused on reducing child mortality and the latter on halting the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria.

0 Viz Info: Progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Ninety eight countries have experienced increases in their HIV/AIDS mortality rates, such as China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Egypt. While these countries do not account for large shares of the global HIV/AIDS burden compared to sub-Saharan African countries, it is disturbing that mortality is increasing in these countries despite advances in medical treatment.

0 Gates Foundation wants to make safe sex more fun

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation thinks safe sex isn’t as much fun as it should be. At least, that seems to be the gist of one request for a grant application from the world’s largest philanthropy as part of its Grand Challenges Explorations program. One of the goals for this round is to develop a better condom – and by better they basically mean a condom that doesn’t suck.

0 Obama Continues Path to AIDS-Free Generation in State of Union speech

Ten years ago, President Bush used the State of the Union to unveil the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The program is a lasting legacy of the administration that has won praise from both sides of the aisle. An initiative of this scale and ambition — the largest effort to fight a…

3 Without more money, it’s the end of the beginning of the end of AIDS

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day and most organizations that had something to say about this have already said it. Most said: “We can end AIDS.” Secretary of State Hillary ClintonFlickr, by Roger H. Goun Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for creating an “AIDS-free generation” and on Thursday released the…

1 Seattle AIDS vaccine scientists celebrate new clues – and uncertainty

Jim Kublin provides an overview of AIDS vaccine science at Seattle HVTN meeting Seattle is home to the world’s largest HIV vaccine research network and, as a scientitic meeting here this week indicated, they’re quite comfortable with not knowing where they’re heading. “We actually don’t know what the agenda is,”…

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