WWR: Magic Johnson, The Importance of Girls, and HIV Death Rates

By Jane Coaston | October 12, 2012

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This week, we’re reading a Q & A with EGPAF friend Magic Johnson, learning about how investing in girls can influence global policy, finding out more about fake HIV treatment drugs, and thinking about a new study showing which populations are most affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Root"Magic Johnson: Take an AIDS Test at Home" NBA legend  Magic Johnson has been busy this week; he’s been traveling the country promoting OraQuick, the first FDA-approved at-home test for HIV. In this interview, he talks about the importance of testing and mentions Elizabeth Glaser as the person who helped him chart his next steps after his diagnosis.

USAID – "Want to Change the World? Invest in a Girl" This past Thursday (October 11), we celebrated the International Day of the Girl, intended to focus attention on the struggles girls face worldwide and recognize girls’ rights. The rights of girls and women and HIV/AIDS are intrinsically linked – HIV is the leading cause of death and disease in women ages 15 to 44 in low and middle-income countries worldwide. This blog from USAID explains more about global efforts to help girls grow up healthy and happy.

BBC News"Tanzania investigates fake HIV drugs"  For people living with HIV, antiretrovirals (ARVs) are a lifeline. But in some countries, just getting the right drugs can be a challenge. In Tanzania, an investigation is showing that thousands of people were receiving counterfeit ARVs. In this article, the author shows how fake ARVs are connected with political corruption scandals that are encircling the Tanzanian government.

Reuters HIV death rates fall, but disparities remain: study  A new study is showing that American deaths from AIDS-related complications are falling, but there remains cause for concern. According to the Archives of Internal Medicine in a report released this month, antiretroviral therapy (ART) and better healthcare is lowering HIV death rates for many people, but death rates remain high for black men, minority women, and poor and less-educated people.

Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.