Category Archives: HIV

12.19.19

Byanyima’s Strategy: Focus on Injustice & Innovation in the Fight Against HIV

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Last week, UNAIDS new Executive Director, Dr. Winnie Byanyima, announced the creation of a strategic advisory group to be co-chaired by Georgetown’s own Matt Kavanagh (along with Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Associate Scientific Director at CAPRISA, and Rico Gustav, Executive Director GNP+). Since you’re reading a policy research institute’s blog, you probably don’t need convincing that […]

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11.21.19

Using HIV Prevention and Care Systems to Address the Rise in Sexually Transmitted Infections

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This week, the O’Neill Institute released a new brief, Big Ideas: HIV Prevention and Care Systems Have Critical Roles in Addressing Sexually Transmitted Infections. This brief discusses key actions for HIV programs to reduce the public health impact of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States. It was written by me and Jeffrey S. […]

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11.14.19

The Challenges of Turning Policies Into Data

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If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably more than familiar with evidence-based policymaking. You may not be as used to thinking about laws and policies themselves as a form of data. But they can be. By collecting, mapping and analyzing laws/policies across jurisdictions and over time, we can systematically evaluate the relationships between policies and […]

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11.08.19

Overdose Prevention Sites Are an Effective Approach to Address Infectious Diseases Associated with Injection Drug Use

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The United States has been battling a serious drug use epidemic for several years. While opioids including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl have received significant attention, other drug use, including use of stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine, remain major public health issues as well. Drug overdose deaths continue to increase, and […]

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10.18.19

More or the same? Reflecting on debates around the Global Fund’s mandate

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Last week, the Global Fund met its replenishment target of $14B. The news was greeted mostly with sighs of relief, especially because it was a near thing. The Global Fund is the largest star in the global health firmament, channeling more money than any other multilateral actor.* It has leveraged this funding to impressive ends. […]

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09.27.19

HIV Policy Plans Must Have a Focus on Gay and Bisexual Men

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Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are the population most affected by HIV in the United States. While gay and bisexual men make up about 2% of the population, they accounted for 70% of the 38,379 new HIV diagnoses in the United […]

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09.27.19

Migrants’ Access to Healthcare: Data Wanted

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Countries’ obligations to respond to the health needs of migrants (including regular and irregular migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers) was a topic of conversation at the O’Neill Institute this week. In 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which proclaims Member States’ “commit[ment] to protecting the safety, dignity and […]

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08.30.19

Rethinking the Deferral Period on Blood Donation: A More Tailored Measure than General Deferral on Men Who Have Sex with Men

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The French government recently lifted its blood donation ban on men who have sex with men (MSM). Currently, gay and bisexual men must abstain from having sex with men for 12 months in order to donate blood. As of February 1, 2020, the deferral period will be 4 months instead of 12. Ultimately, the French […]

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08.26.19

O’Neill Institute Releases Publication on Scaling Up PrEP Use for HIV Prevention

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Last week, the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law released three new publications. I previously discussed two of these publications in a blog post. This week, I will discuss the remaining publication, Big Ideas: Achieving Sufficient Scale of PrEP Use Is Critical to Ending the HIV Epidemic. This […]

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08.22.19

O’Neill Institute Releases Publications on HIV Cluster Detection

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Today, the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O’Neill Institute released three new publications. The publications are intended as resources to support the effort to end the HIV epidemic in the United States. President Trump announced his Administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative in this year’s State of the Union address, with the goal of […]

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