Project Inform has published a new informative treatment guide for patients who have been recently been diagnosed with Hepatitis C. As the options for treating hepatitis C (HCV) are increasing, so is the confusion. This is a good problem to have: with more treatment options come more opportunities for people with various HCV genotypes (GT), treatment history and varying levels of cirrhosis to get cured. For more information visit: http://www.projectinform.org/hepc/i-have-hepatitis-c-what-are-my-treatment-options/
Pangaea’s Inaugural Global Health Leadership Dinner 12th May 2015.
Three hundred supporters joined Pangaea for our inaugural Global Health Leadership Dinner on May 12th in Oakland, California. As well as reinforcing the importance of keeping public attention focused on the global response to AIDS, supporters learned more about the important work we do to support countries around the world in their fight against HIV.
Photographs from the evening are available at http://drewaltizer.com/events/5739/pangaea-global-health-leadership-dinner-at-rotunda/album/top-picks/
The theme of the evening was Africa’s dynamism and creativity, which was reflected in the entertainment provided by Berkeley-based Zimbabwean song and dance troupe, Chinyakare, and venue décor provided by Arts Africans.
We honored four extraordinary local and global heroes who have made a significant difference, saving lives and preventing new HIV infections around the world:
- Dr Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Founding Executive Director of UNAIDS
- Dr Huma Abbasi, General Manager of Global Health and Medical, Global Health Champion, Chevron
- Dr Tsi Tsi Appollo, Deputy Director, HIV and TB Program, Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Zimbabwe
- Miss Gloria Lockett, Executive Director, California Prostitutes Education Project (CALPEP)
In addition, Pangaea’s CEO, Ben Plumley announced two new major initiatives:
- Helping vulnerable LGBTI communities, in countries with strong anti-gay laws and practices, access HIV related services through networks of supportive healthcare professionals. Pangaea will collaborate with the Global Forum on MSM and HIV/AIDS, www.msmgf.org, on this initiative.
- Identifying research and program delivery gaps in Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PREP) for girls and women in the Global South.
For more information about how you can support Pangaea’s mission, please visit http://pangaeaglobal.org/how-you-can-help/donate. You may wish to become a regular contributor, or make a single contribution that is meaningful to you; every cent matters and without your help, we could not support innovative, effective AIDS responses in Africa, Asia, and here at home in Oakland.
In the meantime, Pangaea proudly thanks our honorees, sponsors and supporters for making the evening such a memorable event, with a shared commitment made by all to speak out and loudly about the need for a continued strong global response to AIDS!
This World AIDS Day is a promising one with several new HIV prevention interventions for young women on the horizon.
It is in Zimbabwe's best interest to prepare for these emerging strategies now. Just last year, HIV prevalence among pregnant women aged 15-24 in Zimbabwe was a startling 10.4 percent. This number is indicative of a larger trend in southern Africa where adolescent women are up to eight times more likely to become infected with HIV than young men.
Young women's high rates of HIV are due in part to biological, social and economic factors making them more susceptible. Because efforts to promote abstinence, monogamy and the use of male condoms have not been enough to stop HIV among girls and young women, researchers have been working to develop women-initiated biomedical prevention interventions. Years of scientific exploration here in Zimbabwe and around the world are finally starting to pay off. PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), microbicide gels and rings are three methods that could potentially turn around the endemic rates of HIV in young women.
In the February 12, 2013, version of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents, the Panel recommendations on initial combination regimens for the antiretroviral therapy (ART)-naive, HIV-infected patient include raltegravir (RAL) plus tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) as the preferred integrase strand transfer inhibitor (INSTI)-based regimen, and elvitegravir (EVG)/cobicistat (cobi)/TDF/FTC as an alternative regimen for patients with estimated creatinine clearance (CrCl) ≥70 mL/min. Since the release of the Guidelines, a new INSTI, dolutegravir (DTG), was approved for use in ART-naive and ART-experienced patients. Additionally, long-term follow-up data (up to 144 weeks) from randomized clinical trials have demonstrated the durable safety and efficacy of EVG/cobi/TDF/FTC.
On the basis of these new findings, the Panel now recommends the following 4 INSTI-based regimens as preferred regimens for ART-naive patients (arranged in order of drug approval):
On 30th October 2013, Medecin Sans Frontieres launched a variety of new reports and advocacy tools at the Union Conference, including the DR-TB Drugs Under the Microscope, 3rd Edition report, and the "Test Me, Treat Me" TB Manifesto. You can find the press release by clicking here
The DR-TB Drugs Under the Microscope report aims to provide information on the prices, sources, access environment and R&D landscape for DR-TB medicines. It includes an analysis of the progress being made globally for the development of life-saving medicines for TB patients as well as the many remaining challenges. The report is available for download on our website, here.