What We’re Reading: Ending AIDS, New HIV Drugs, and Trainings for Health Professionals

A mother and baby in Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe was sworn in as president this week.

James Pursey/EGPAF

This week, we’re learning about how discrimination affects the fight to eliminate HIV, why new drugs are an encouraging advance, and concerns about donors in Tanzania.

New York Times – “The AIDS Epidemic Can Be Ended” In this opinion piece for the New York Times, executive director of the International AIDS Society Bertrand Audoin writes about how discrimination and legal barriers are disempowering efforts to prevent new HIV infections worldwide.

EGPAF – “New Drugs, New Strategies for HIV in the United States and Europe” People living with HIV in the United States now have a new option, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new HIV medication, Tivicay. In this blog, read about Tivicay and how the FDA is speeding up the approval process for new medications to help people living with HIV stay healthy.

New York Times – “Pill Can Prevent Fatal TB in HIV Patients” According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people living with HIV are much more vulnerable to developing active forms of tuberculosis (TB). Now a new study shows that, taken correctly, a pill –isoniazid– can reduce deaths from TB among people living with HIV by nearly 80 percent.

EGPAF – “In Cote d’Ivoire, A New Learning Program Supports Health Professionals” The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) recently initiated an innovative distance learning program in partnership with local clinics and the Hopital Géneral of Ayamé (HGA) in Cote d'Ivoire. Learn more about how this program is improving patient care for people living with HIV.

AllAfrica.com – “Tanzania: HIV/Aids Fight in Tanzania Under Siege As Donors Pull Out” Tanzanian officials are concerned that donors from the United States, Canada, Denmark, and others may reduce funding toward the country’s efforts to eliminate HIV, forcing local districts to provide support for anti-HIV/AIDS efforts themselves.

BBC – “Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe sworn in as president” After a controversial election, Robert Mugabe was sworn into his seventh term as president of Zimbabwe this week.  But the United States and the United Kingdom are still concerned about irregularities that may have occurred during the election.

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