About eight years ago three randomized controlled studies showed done in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa showed that male circumcision for sexually active men provides up to 60% protection against HIV infection. Increasingly with support from PEPFAR, voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is being added to other HIV prevention interventions in high HIV prevalence and … Continue reading “Reducing the spread of HIV through voluntary medical male circumcision: JSI’s experience in East Central Uganda”
I had the opportunity to attend an event commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the U.S. President’s Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) at the U.S. State Department on June 18th.
About eight years ago three randomized controlled studies showed done in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa showed that male circumcision for sexually active men provides up to 60% protection against HIV infection. Increasingly with support from PEPFAR, voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is being added to other HIV prevention interventions in high HIV prevalence and low male circumcision prevalence areas, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
In late June, I was approached by an old friend, Dr. Paul Zeitz, Senior Vice-President of Policy for ACT V, to sign a statement calling for the U.S. government to develop a global AIDS strategy…A few weeks later, I and other signers received an invitation from Ambassador Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, to offer input for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s upcoming speech to the XIX International AIDS Conference.
I can’t remember a time that HIV hasn’t been present in my life. As a closeted adolescent in the early 1980s, news of this mysterious illness killing homosexuals, Haitians, hemophiliacs and heroin users (the 4 Hs) spread at about the same time I began a process of accepting, becoming comfortable with and embracing this part of my identity.
I’m an info guy. I like data, and I came to the conference to present on our monitoring work through the ESI Project, collecting data for PEPFAR to make informed programmatic decisions. There was a lot of interest overall, and we got a lot of interesting questions: about sustainability, about how the data we collect is actually used to inform planning, in practice.
No one born since 1985 knows a world without HIV. Nearly half of the world’s population is under 25, and far too many of these young people know all too well how the virus can devastate a family or community. I had the pleasure of meeting a remarkable group of young people living with HIV … Continue reading “Nothing about them, without them: Including youth in transition services for adolescents living with HIV”
This is a re-post of Daniel Cothran’s guest blog today (December 8, 2011) on The Global Health Magazine. Gender-based violence and a guide to assist with GBV and HIV prevention integration Ahh… ahh… Baby, I love you so much! …. We repeated this refrain, clapping the beat as the person in the middle of the … Continue reading “The Shirt You Couldn’t Miss: Integrating HIV and GBV Prevention”
In this three part series, Jay Heavner, Director of Knowledge Sharing and Communication at Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), highlights his experiences visiting three countries in Africa to observe SCMS project sites. On a documentation tour of Nigeria earlier this month, I visited sites in four states plus the capital, Abuja, to document the progress … Continue reading “On the road with SCMS, Part One: In Nigeria, PEPFAR partners pool procurement of life-saving commodities”
JSI’s Sharon Stash shares lessons learned from the International AIDS Society Conference in Rome Participants at last month’s International AIDS Society Conference in Rome were energized by positive findings on new biomedical HIV prevention interventions. Thirty years of dedicated work have resulted in the HPTN052 trial’s promise of HIV treatment as prevention and in positive … Continue reading “Just Because You Build It Doesn’t Mean They’ll Come: Take Home Messages from IAS”