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1 JUNE 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 22

Media Coverage

  • Six years after the Food and Drug Administration approved a revolutionary HIV prevention pill known as PrEP, public health officials in select US cities have finally begun to conclude that it is likely taking a bite out of local HIV infection rates.

    June 1, 2018
    QZ
  • A large-scale clinical trial launched by the National Institutes of Health in May could pave the way for more HIV-positive patients with kidney disease to receive life-saving transplants. The trial, called the HOPE in Action Multicenter Kidney Study, will assess the risks of transplanting kidneys from HIV-positive donors into patients living with the virus.

    June 1, 2018
    NPR
  • As Gay Pride Month approaches in June and many people begin to celebrate the triumphs of the gay community, not just in New York City, but across the globe, we must remember all of the men and women who died (and continue to die) of AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses.

    June 1, 2018
    Amsterdam News
  • Loss of kidney function in men with HIV is most strongly associated with antiretroviral therapy, an 11-year study of men living with HIV and their HIV-negative counterparts has found. The study found that men with HIV lost twice as much of their kidney function each year as men without HIV – although the average rate of loss was less than 1% a year.

    June 1, 2018
    aidsmap
  • The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoH&W) has urged HIV positive women of childbearing age who are willing to fall pregnant to use Dolutegravir, a drug also known as DTG, with caution and with advice from their clinicians.

    June 1, 2018
    Mmegi Online
  • Sergeant Harrison, who served 18 years in the Army and National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait, is suing the Defense Department, arguing that the HIV policies are outdated and discriminatory and have cost him a promotion to captain.

    June 1, 2018
    New York Times
  • The government has been urged to consider cutting off millions of pounds of funding to a top UN programme after whistleblowers claimed it was run like a “boys club” with a culture of impunity for sexual abuse and harassment. Campaigners also issued a plea to Theresa May to intervene to remove Michel Sidibé as executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). He has come under fire over his management of sexual misconduct allegations in the organisation.

    June 1, 2018
    Independent
  • To the mainstream scientific community, Dorman’s quest is quixotic at best, tilting at windmills made of glycoproteins and RNA. But Dorman, now a spry 80, hasn’t given up. He’s convinced that if the rest of the scientific community had joined him decades ago, millions of lives would have been saved. They still could be.

    June 1, 2018
    Wired
  • If a company controls an important tool in fighting a decadeslong epidemic, what are its obligations to share it? Activists in New York City are pressing this question.

    May 31, 2018
    Slate
  • New findings from a retrospective cohort study revealed that 66% of patients newly diagnosed with HIV in South Carolina visited a health care facility before their diagnosis. The health care visits occurred after the CDC had issued interim guidance recommending daily pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for patients at risk for HIV and, therefore, likely represent missed opportunities for its use, according to researchers.

    May 31, 2018
    Healio
  • In Uganda scientists are using artificial media to grow products such as banana plantlets multiplied using tissue culture. And in medical and health care applications, more than 250 biotech healthcare products, 400 biotech drugs are under clinical trial in Uganda. They include tests for HIV, cancer and malaria which are safer and more accurate.

    May 31, 2018
    General
    Genetic Literacy Project
  • The government said on Thursday that it is planning to review the law and allow Tanzanians test HIV on their own. Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ms. Ummy Mwalimu said currently the laws do not allow individuals to test themselves.

    May 31, 2018
    General
    All Africa
  • The Ministry of Health will make available over-the-counter oral HIV self-testing kit at Rwf5,000 down from Rwf10,000, thanks to a public-private partnership with pharmaceutical agencies.

    May 31, 2018
    General
    All Africa
  • Members of the gay community had in previous media interviews suggested that the number of those involved in chemsex, as the practice is known, had increased due to the availability of drugs such as Poppers and Ice, and use of hook-up apps like Grindr, that made it easier for people to search out casual sex partners.

    May 30, 2018
    South China Morning Post
  • Celia B. Fisher, PhD,…explained to Healthline, “…the adherence problems don’t appear to be greater in adolescents than those in young adults. Additionally, in studies we’ve conducted at Fordham and Northwestern, youth report that they wouldn’t take PrEP if they know they have difficulty remembering to take other pills or are forgetful in general.”

    May 30, 2018
    Ethics and Society
  • Nearly 1,200 people at high risk of HIV have enrolled in a pilot oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programme in Việt Nam to reduce their risk of infection, according to the Việt Nam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC).

    May 30, 2018
    Vietnam News
  • In a major shift, pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences will begin airing television ads for PrEP, its HIV prevention medication. The company said the ads, which will start in June and run through August, are “designed to encourage candid conversations around sexual health and promote public awareness of HIV prevention.”

    May 30, 2018
    NBC
  • One in two gay African Americans is predicted to contract HIV. It’s a figure that should shame the US…it is a tragedy that anyone, especially in the world’s richest country, should die unnecessarily. It is a grave injustice that those most likely to do so are from one particular group.

    May 30, 2018
    General
    The Guardian
  • A recent study confirms that fear of HIV continues to trump scientific knowledge of the virus. According to a recent study in the Journal of the International AIDS Society, a disturbingly high amount of HIV-negative gay men doubt the veracity of the statement “Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U).”

    May 29, 2018
    POZ
  • Not only have many public health interventions in the United States been hugely successful, but they’ve also saved more money than they’ve cost. And yet Americans spend relatively little money in that domain and far more on medical care that returns less value for its costs. Instead of continually complaining about how much is being spent on health care with little to show for it, maybe we should direct more of that money to public health.

    May 28, 2018
    New York Times
  • KwaZulu-Natal exceeding one million medical male circumcisions within eight years, as part of the government’s drive to drastically reduce new HIV infections.

    May 28, 2018
    Northern KwaZulu-Natal Courier
  • For the first time, Namibia’s LGBT community will have access to a dedicated health and services centre. The Outreach Health drop-in-centre was launched by Out-Right Namibia (ORN) in Windhoek on 17 May, the international Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

    May 28, 2018
    General
    Mamba Online
  • Global health crises require international health institutions, governments, scientists, and diplomats to work together....The interplay of science and diplomacy takes on many forms....Against this backdrop, U.S. funding for international health security is being squeezed, Kolker added, including programs designed to assist emerging economies to meet World Health Organization standards to prevent and respond to global health emergencies.

    May 25, 2018
    Science
  • In the third in our series on the lives of ordinary women behind extraordinary stories, this month’s Forgotten Women features Sylvia Mdluli, whose HIV diagnosis is part of a wider movement to eradicate the infecting of innocent children.

    May 25, 2018
    General
    The Independent
  • On Wednesday, May 24 at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Farrell announced the $4.2 million would be used for syringe access, outreach programs, and HIV services amongst other programs.

    May 23, 2018
    General
    SF Weekly

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