Archive for November, 2008

So we CAN treat our way out of this epidemic. Or can we? (26/11/08)

Many people, including the head of the WHO’s HIV division Kevin de Cock, have observed that “we can’t treat our way out of this epidemic”. Today, The Lancet publishes a paper by many people, including the head of the WHO’s HIV division Kevin de Cock, claiming that we can, in fact, treat our way out […]

Talking heads (25/11/08)

An experiment in technology. I happened to be chatting the othernight at the Frontline Club in Paddington. For those who are in London and don’t know it, check it out. A great hang-out for hacks, former hacks and those who just like telling stories, it also gives good restaurant. Graham Holliday, who writes the Frontline […]

Cry the beloved country: microchip madness from Indonesia (25/11/08)

Two wrongs don’t make a right. And Papua’s “plan” to implant HIV positive people with microchips is definitely wrong. As the Jakarta Post pointed out yesterday (in a profile that called me a “raging dinosaur” — a compliment, I think) I was wrong to dismiss Indonesia’s “anti-pornography” bill as so silly it would never get […]

Prepped for PrEP: are we ahead of ourselves? (24/11/08)

When I’m asked: What’s the next big thing in HIV prevention? I usually put Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis somewhere high on the list. We don’t yet know if giving out expensive drugs so that people can have unprotected sex without worrying about HIV will work. But I usually ask people to imagine the headlines in The Daily […]

Fake ARVs: two steps back? (17/11/08)

So Asia is awash with fake pills. No news there. Cops are seizing a fair few of them — 16 million in the last few months, worth US$ 6.6 million, according to Interpol. That’s a step forward. But that some of them seem to be antiretroviral drugs for HIV threatens two steps back. The first […]

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