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Donors Pledge $13 Billion to Replenish Global Fund

International donors committed to provide $12.9 billion over 3 years for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria at the fund's fifth replenishment conference, held last week in Montreal. "This replenishment is an enormous contribution to our collective ambition of ending AIDS," said UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé.

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AIDS 2016: Neglect of Infectious Disease in Prisons Highlighted at Conference

A special issue of The Lancet was published to coincide with the recent 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, containing a comprehensive seriesof reviews on the burden of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and tuberculosis (TB) among prisoners worldwide.

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AIDS 2016: Earlier HIV Treatment Is Not Over-burdening Health Services

Earlier antiretroviral treatment initiation is not overwhelming rural health services in South Africa, but changes in treatment eligibility criteria alone may not be enough to increase the number of people on treatment substantially, and more investment will be needed in testing and linkage to care to reach treatment coverage goals, research presented at the recent 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) shows.

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FDA Taking Public Comment on Potential Changes to Gay Blood Donation Policy

Through late November the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently accepting public comments, supported by scientific evidence, as it considers changes to its policy restricting blood donations by gay and bisexual men. Instead of the current 1-year waiting period after a man has sex with another man, the agency is considering a more individualized policy that focuses on risk behavior rather than sexual orientation or self-identification.

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AIDS 2016: San Francisco Sees Progress in Getting to Zero Initiative

San Francisco continues to make good progress with its "Getting to Zero" initiative, which aims to achieve the triple goal of zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS deaths, and zero stigma for people living with HIV. But not all groups are doing equally well, according to a presentation at the recent 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban.

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