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NIH, South African Medical Research Council award $8 million in HIV, TB grants

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The National Institutes of Health and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) are awarding 31 grants to U.S. and South African scientists to support research targeting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and HIV-related co-morbidities and cancers. The awards, which total $8 million in first-year funding, are the first to be issued through the South Africa–U.S. Program for…

Conversations from CROI 2015: Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D. ( Video)

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We continue our coverage of the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) with this conversation between AIDS.gov’s Miguel Gomez and Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD, Coordinator of the U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. CROI is an annual convening of 4,000 of the top basic,…

Key Populations Essential to Realize An AIDS-Free Generation

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As we commemorate World AIDS Day this year, let’s take a moment to remember how far we’ve come, and where we must go. There are currently 35 million people living with HIV worldwide, and 13.6 million of those people are receiving antiretroviral therapy. New HIV infections continue to decline each year, with 2.1 million in 2013,…

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps to Help Treat Ebola Patients in Liberia

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Editor’s Note: Tuesday afternoon at the CDC in Atlanta, President Obama announced a major increase in U.S. efforts to help the international community fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. He was joined by HHS Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell and CDC Director Tom Frieden. As part of the President’s strategy, HHS announced on Tuesday that…

Ambassador Birx Discusses PEPFAR Priorities

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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Deborah L. Birx, M.D., to talk about her priorities for the U.S. President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. Watch…

Breaking the Silence around Global Viral Hepatitis

Jimmy Kolker, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs

July 28 marked World Hepatitis Day—a day to reflect on the impact viral hepatitis has on millions of lives around the world and celebrate the progress we’ve made in preventing and treating millions more. Viral hepatitis is among the top 10 infectious disease killers and the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis. Preventing and…

Conversations from AIDS 2014: Mary Mahy, UNAIDS

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Among the many topics being discussed at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, is the release of the UNAIDS Gap Report  a new report that analyzes the reasons for the widening gap between people around the world who are gaining access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care, and those who are left behind,…

Ambassador Birx Shares Highlights from AIDS 2014 and Introduces PEPFAR Dashboards

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At AIDS 2014 on Monday, I had the opportunity to catch up with Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, who oversees the PEPFAR program.  She shared a few observations with us after several busy days at the conference in Melbourne. She noted she was excited to see representatives of various sectors assembled…