Organizational consistency across geographies and populations

After last week’s Berkeley workshop, several of us got into an interesting discussion on the application of US HIV strategies in the African region. I just saw the below post today – the story is an useful example of the human and organizational linkages made between groundbreaking domestic responses to HIV and ongoing US-funded efforts [...]

Know your enemy: Capitalizing on evolutionary origins of HIV

From the KaiserNetwork: “[B]efore researchers can develop new drugs” to “stave off the worst that viruses” — such as HIV — and “bacteria can produce, … they must understand the evolutionary nature of individual diseases and how viruses and bacteria, in turn, shape the evolution of humans and other animals,” Boston Globe columnist Stephen Smith [...]

Ugandan HIV prevalence at 6.4% of 15-49 year olds

As published on the KaiserNetwork: Uganda’s HIV prevalence has decreased from 6.5% to 6.4%, according to a national AIDS indicator survey, Uganda’s New Vision reports. The survey — which was presented on Monday by Wilford Lordson Kirungi, medical epidemiologist for the country’s AIDS Control Program — was conducted between 2004 and 2005 and involved 10,437 [...]

Love thy neighbor…

As follow up to Josh’s talk at yesterday’s workshop, here’s an example of the mobilization of North American Christians. Interesting implications for flavors of policy. Baltimore, MD – World Relief has produced a five-part video curriculum titled “Fighting AIDS through Church Mobilization.” This free DVD is designed for small groups and Sunday school classes; walking [...]

Microbicides – female-controlled technology for HIV prevention

The East Bay Express (8 Mar 2006, A Fresh Front in the AIDS War“) presents a narrative on the development of microbicides as seen through the eyes of African and Californian residents and the work of Bethany Young Holt, a Cal-trained epidemiologist and former Peace Corps Volunteer. The article has several threads and makes some [...]

Politics of HIV/AIDS in Brazil

An old article but topical to today’s discussion in Moses Hall (10.28.04 – “Learning From Brazil: The Politics of Responding to HIV/AIDS in Brazil, China, and India“) When compared to some of the world’s largest nations, Brazil stands out as perhaps the most effective example of how to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Since Brazil’s [...]

UC Berkeley workshop: The Global and Local Politics of HIV/AIDS

Wednesday March 8, 2006 Location 223 Moses 12 – 2 Panel Presentation with Lunch Working Title: The Global and Local Politics of HIV/AIDS Purpose: to receive public comments on paper concepts Format: 10-15 minute presentations followed by questions Participants: Josh, Nate, Ben, Jessica, and Ann Swidler (chair)

The second global gag rule’s implications for India

As reported on CNN-IBN (6 Mar 2006, “US gag rule hits India’s AIDS fight“) In 2003, the US passed the Global AIDS Act, but it came with a rider that stops funds from going to any NGO that did not sign an anti-prostitution pledge, which states specifically that they will not work for the empowerment [...]

Enabling sex work or effective HIV prevention?

From the WashingtonPost.com (4 Mar 2006) RIO DE JANEIRO — Paula Duran is an outreach worker with a style of her own. That style — heavy on fishnet, tattoos and suggestive poses — is at the heart of an ideological disagreement between Brazil and the United States over the best way to fight AIDS. Duran, [...]

South Africa MD px multivitamins, not ARVs

To follow up the point yesterday about Duesberg, here’s an example of junk science and commercial self-promotion attempting to muscle out accepted HIV therapy, pedaling vitamin pills in its place (BBC, “Doctor must stop SA Aids adverts“, 3 Mar 2006).  According to the BBC, Dr Mattias Rath, a South African doctor, claims that ARVs are [...]