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Meeting Highlights: The post 2015 Global TB Strategy, and why research will be needed to reach Zero TB

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be publishing some of the selected highlights of the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Paris and some of meeting’s satellite symposia — beginning with the Stop TB Symposium: Accelerating impact: the transformative role of research to end tuberculosis, held on Wednesday 30 October, 2013. A more […]

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Gains in TB control, but not the end of TB we’re all longing for…

In the run up to the Union Conference, WHO’s Global TB Programme released the Global TB Report 2013 showing the sort of incremental improvements in TB control to which the TB world has become all too accustomed. The report plots out the progress made towards 2015 global TB-related targets set within the context of the

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Brazil’s continuing fight against intellectual property laws

My friend Mara Kardas-Nelson wrote an excellent piece in the Mail & Guardian on Brazil’s continuing fight against intellectual property laws that make the cost of second and third line HIV treatment unaffordable for public health programmes. Darunavir and Raltegravir (key third line drugs) each cost $5000 per year in Brazil… and there are 6000

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Criminalization of People with HIV: Reaction to a breaking story in Ohio

On September 11th 2013, news media outlet WBNS-10TV in Columbus, Ohio, carried a story about a local man who has been charged with “Allegedly Not Notifying Partner of HIV Status”. While the story makes its way round other news outlets, there has been no court hearing as yet, no conviction has been made and all

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Summary of the new 2013 Guidelines recommendations and key issues from a community and civil society perspective

In the 2013 Consolidated Guidelines on the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating and Preventing HIV Infection (2013 Guidelines), the World Health Organization (WHO) takes a welcomed step in recommending that people living with HIV everywhere be offered a standard of antiretroviral treatment and care that is closer to what is available in resource-rich countries.

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Survey for a Community Guide to the 2013 Consolidated ART Guidelines

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance) and STOP AIDS NOW! (SAN!) have sent out the following request for input on the development of their Community Guide to WHO’s 2013 Consolidated ART Guidelines. Dear fellow community and civil society members, As you may know, WHO recently launched

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Creating legal environments conducive to HIV testing, treatment and prevention & why dignity is important for health

Theo Smart interviews Edwin Bernard of the HIV Justice Network The following interview is one of five I conducted at IAS 2013 to gather case studies for an internal document for one on the funders of my trip to the meeting. The funder didn’t need the full interview, but we thought that it was too

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Researching the use of ARVs for Treatment *and* Prevention in Key Populations

“Key populations* have high burdens of HIV with low access to services — and in way too many countries, they are the last people in line. So when we think about changing the guidelines with increasing access to care, that, it seems to me, is the fundamental issue that we need to address. No one

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2013 International HIV Treatment as Prevention Workshop Report/Materials online

Just as the IAS 2013 conference began in Kuala Lumpur, an email arrived from Vancouver stating that the final 2013 International HIV Treatment as Prevention Workshop report and evaluation are now available and can be downloaded here. In addition, all materials related to the 2013 Workshop, including evaluation, photos, and daily summaries, are available at

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