The World Health Organization recently issued new guidelines to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The recommendations include getting more women on treatment sooner and staying on it for life. The guidelines have the support of the medical aid group Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF.
Jeanie Yoon, a physician with Doctors Without Borders, writes about the positive effects of antiretroviral treatments on AIDS patients in Zambia. She worries that Congress' proposed cuts will threaten Secretary Clinton's vision of an "AIDS-free generation."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton champions a U.S.-led global effort to thwart HIV/AIDS, even as the Obama administration pursues trade policies that critics warn will curtail access to life-saving drugs.
In a highly promoted speech at the National Institute of Health, Secretary Clinton calls on the world to create the first "AIDS-free generation" by using antiviral drugs, condoms, circumcision, and other approaches to stem the spread of HIV.
A four-year test of drugs to treat a widespread parasitic disease called kala azar is announced by the governments of India and Bangladesh, Doctors Without Borders, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative and other groups.
Are the European Union and its multinational pharmaceutical companies now pressuring the Indian prime minister's office? In recent months, as negotiators from India and Europe have been thrashing out the details of a free trade agreement to be signed within months, people living with HIV have been hitting the streets. From New Delhi to Nairobi and Brussels to Bangkok, they have been protesting against the very real threat posed to India's ability to supply life-saving generic medicines to people across the developing world.