WWR: An AIDS-free generation, Birth Control, and Hope in the DRC

By Jane Coaston | December 7, 2012

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This week, we’re thinking about just how to achieve an AIDS-free generation, learning about how hormonal birth control affects people living with HIV, and reading about a new study on how maternal and child health efforts and HIV prevention can work hand-in-hand.

The Atlantic – “How Close Are We to an AIDS-free Generation?”  Foundation CEO Charles Lyons was interviewed for this story, which discusses the many steps and challenges advocates face on the path to eliminating HIV/AIDS.  The report includes a review of the new PEPFAR “Blueprint,” providing an overview of the U.S. government’s plan to prevent new HIV infections worldwide and offer treatment for people living with HIV.

Plus News – “HIV/AIDS: The latest word on hormonal contraception and HIV”   Recent research into injectable hormonal contraceptives has shown that there might be a link between their use and an increased risk of HIV infection, but scientists have been unable to provide more answers. Now, facing criticism from activists and doctors, the World Health Organization is scrambling to provide guidance for women living with or at high risk of HIV who are using or want to use injectable contraceptives.

Standard Media – “Kenya steadily marches towards zero infection” This article discusses how EGPAF-supported research indicates that combining HIV prevention with maternal and child health (MCH) efforts can dramatically reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission rates. Babies taken to MCH clinics are more likely to receive continued care and get HIV antibody tests.

Huffington Post – “World AIDS Day in the Democratic Republic of Congo” Foundation CEO Charles Lyons was in the Democratic Republic of Congo this past World AIDS Day, and he writes on how his trip shows both the challenges of the worldwide battle against HIV/AIDS and the progress we’ve made to eliminate pediatric HIV.

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