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Meet Marburg, Ebola’s Sister

  Micrograph of Marburgvirus (credit: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston)   Last month, the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MOH) declared an outbreak of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in Eastern Uganda. To date, three cases have been reported (two confirmed, one probable), and all have died, resulting in a case-fatality rate of 100% […]

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Complexity, Politics and Global HIV in 2018

This World AIDS Day the world is facing perhaps the most complex political and epidemiologic environment in the history of the global AIDS pandemic. To tackle this environment we need an equally sophisticated response that builds new evidence for what’s really working at a macro level, refuses to accept the current funding realities, and mobilizes […]

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This World AIDS Day Might Feel Different — And It Should

As the former director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy where I helped launch the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy to combat the domestic HIV epidemic, I’m often invited to give talks to a variety of groups.  I primarily address issues related to the domestic landscape of HIV and I do that […]

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Tuberculosis: Fighting an Ancient Illness with Outdated Tools, Medicines and Approaches

A colleague recently observed that we are addressing one of the most ancient diseases with approaches nearly as ancient, including over-hospitalization, use of involuntary isolation and in some countries, use of discriminatory and punitive laws which violate human rights and impede the fight against TB. Draconian laws are not the only archaic aspect of the […]

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From skilled birth attendants to extreme poverty, truths behind statistics

In an era where established facts are questioned – the massive evidence on climate change and the massive dearth of evidence on voter fraud in the United States, for example – it is worth bearing in mind the following: While believing falsehoods and outright lies and not believing truths can cause great harm, skepticism is indeed […]

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