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C. Everett Koop: The Surgeon General Who Put Science Before Personal Ideology

C. Everett Koop.

During his tenure as Surgeon General, Koop was not political. He was not ideological. And he was not quiet (like many of his predecessors had been). He saw his position as a platform to speak to the public, and he used it, surprising both the right and the left along the way.

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The HIV Prevention Pill: How Is Truvada Taking Root in Black Communities?

In the months since the FDA’s approval of Truvada, some who work on prevention efforts in Black and low-income communities have urged PrEP proponents to pump their brakes.

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Is Criminalization of HIV Transmission Effective? Swedish Case Reveals Why the Answer is No

For anyone who cares about human rights from a health and discrimination angle, recent cases criminalizing HIV transmission raise multiple red flags.

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NYT Calls For Withdrawal of Funding from Uganda if “Gay Hate Bill” Moves Forward

A NYT Editorial calls on the US to withdraw international development funds from the government of Uganda if it passes legislation that would, among other things, impose the death sentence for homosexual behavior. I agree.

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Paul Farmer Tapped by Former President Clinton as Deputy U.N. Envoy to Haiti

Former president Bill Clinton, who is now the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, announced the appointment Tuesday of Harvard professor Paul Farmer as his deputy.

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Beyond the Global Gag Rule: “The World Has Changed and We Must Change With It”

In his inaugural speech, Obama underscored a desire to find creative new solutions to problems. Overturning the global gag rule is one step towards remedying reproductive health challenges but there are many others that require creative solutions.

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Obama to Keep Abstinence-Only AIDS Coordinator

Sources reveal Mark Dybul will continue to serve as Global AIDS Coordinator.  Keeping Dybul on indefinitely will undermine confidence in both PEPFAR and the promise of the new Administration to support ideology over evidence.

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The Next Face of Leadership on US Global AIDS Policy: Communities Speak Out

Letters being circulated by the global AIDS and reproductive and sexual health and rights communities call for new leadership in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator.  One letter focuses on the timing of the appointment and the need for an independent office; the other focuses more directly on the vision and perspectives of the person appointed.

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