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10 AUGUST 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 32

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  • An affordable, globally available drug – low-dose Aspirin – shows promise as a new approach to preventing HIV transmission, a University of Manitoba study has found.

    August 10, 2018
    Medical Xpress
  • People on methadone maintenance treatment spent less time with a detectable viral load above 1500 copies/ml, potentially reducing the risk of HIV transmission, a study presented at last month’s 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) has found.

    August 10, 2018
    General
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  • For community and stakeholder engagement (CSE) to become more widely accepted by funders and researchers, and to contribute more conspicuously to the success of science programs and policy, it will have to establish a more coherent and convincing body of evidence about the nature of CSE strategies and their specific contributions to the performance of science programs.

    August 10, 2018
    General
    Science
  • Fentanyl use in two Massachusetts cities is driving an HIV outbreak that officials say could be forecasting a national public health crisis.

    August 10, 2018
    General
    The Fix
  • Knowledge around HIV is linked to increased knowledge around risk perception and behaviour change, as well as reducing HIV-related stigma. These all, in turn, positively influence HIV testing and counselling uptake, as well as increased uptake of treatment for people living with HIV.

    August 9, 2018
    General
    Avert
  • The Government of the Russian Federation has resumed discussing the question of whether HIV-positive foreigners should be allowed to enter the country. For the time being, HIV-positive nationals of foreign states are allowed to stay in Russia only if they have close relatives here.

    August 9, 2018
    General
    Pravda Report
  • The head of the Canadian AIDS Society fears HIV rates will continue to rise because of a shift in federal funding towards prevention instead of treatment and support.

    August 9, 2018
    General
    National Post
  • The catch is that in settings such as prisons, much of the sexual engagement is unprotected, placing prisoners at a high risk of contracting HIV. So, if we are serious about curbing HIV transmissions, it makes no sense that such sexually active, high-risk individuals would be left out of any HIV (or STI) prevention programme.

    August 9, 2018
    All Africa
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM) may harbor stigmatizing attitudes toward those who take Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), perhaps seeing the HIV prevention tool as encouraging promiscuity.

    August 9, 2018
    POZ
  • Through International Community of Women Living with HIV-Kenya Vice Chairperson Patricia Asero, the women said the Health ministry’s decision to deny all women of reproductive age access to Dolutegravir (DTG) is unfair and curtails their right to attain the highest standard of care.

    August 9, 2018
    Daily Nation
  • HIV and AIDS funding cuts, as evidenced by research, is a new big threat to progress made in fighting the pandemic, Mitchell Warren of AVAC notes. Warren expressed worry following research results of funding presented at the International AIDS 2018 Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which show that globally funding on HIV has significantly gone down.

    August 9, 2018
    General
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  • HIV/AIDS groups have been keen to know the whereabouts of the money behind the Key Population Investment Fund, a five-year funding stream announced in 2016 to support the scale-up of community-based approaches to enhance HIV service provision for key populations and marginalized groups, such as sex workers, drug users, and LGBTQ communities. The fund also included support for evidence gathering and advocacy activities.

    August 8, 2018
    General
    Devex
  • People living with HIV are about twice as likely to develop steatosis, or fat accumulation in the liver, even if they don't have hepatitis B or C co-infection, according to a study presented at the recent 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam.

    August 8, 2018
    General
    aidsmap
  • The kit, which is also available on Superdrug’s website for £33.95, can be obtained for free until November free for men who have sex with men, transgender women and black African people if you order it from the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), as part of a publicly funded programme.

    August 8, 2018
    General
    PinkNews
  • In a trial overseen by Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of Biktarvy, researchers in several countries recruited 470 women who were taking HIV treatment (ART) and whose viral loads were suppressed (less than 50 copies/mL) and randomly assigned them to either continue on their present regimen or to switch to Biktarvy.

    August 8, 2018
    The BodyPro
  • The commercial, aptly titled "I’m on the Pill," is part of a marketing push ….It’s a big reversal for Gilead, just three years ago the company said using Truvada to prevent infection with the virus that causes AIDS did not represent a commercial opportunity.

    August 7, 2018
    Forbes
  • With new efforts to eradicate the virus worldwide, and millions in US and foreign funding every year, some say the end of HIV/AIDS is near. But those same efforts are having the opposite effect in Uganda, where poor planning, lack of donor accountability and chronic budget gaps are leaving thousands of patients without treatment and US and Ugandan policymakers washing their hands of responsibility.

    August 7, 2018
    PRI
  • His appointment is the first of its kind in British history. No other mayor has hired an LGBT adviser to help tackle problems facing the community — despite the Labour party itself having an LGBT advisory panel. But yesterday, it was announced that Carl Austin-Behan would serve as the first LGBT adviser to Andy Burnham, the directly elected Labour mayor of Greater Manchester.

    August 7, 2018
    Buzzfeed
  • At this year's International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we witnessed several pivotal developments in the global HIV response. We also saw some setbacks in our efforts to prevent infections and improve the lives of people living with HIV. From clinical science and epidemiology to human rights and advocacy, here are some highlights of the good news and the bad news from AIDS 2018.

    August 7, 2018
    The Body
  • A meta-analysis of 38 clinical trials of antiretroviral therapies (ART) conducted in the past decade found that an average of 17% of study participants suffered from diarrhoea, with no improvement in more recent studies.

    August 7, 2018
    aidsmap
  • Pilot PrEP projects have been underway in some African countries for several years. But it has only been since late 2017 that some countries – notably Kenya and South Africa, and also eSwatini, which is the new name for Swaziland – have started serious PrEP availability programmes for wider populations.

    August 6, 2018
    aidsmap
  • A long-acting, injectable form of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is being developed as an alternative to the currently available daily oral treatment regimen; however, investigators on 2 studies found that the burden of having to visit a health care provider regularly to receive the injections as well as concerns about the injection’s efficacy may be a deterrent for some individuals.

    August 6, 2018
    MD Magazine
  • Under an initiative launched in 2016, the kits are sold for $3 to $5 in pharmacies and are free at public health centers as part of a drive to ensure 90 percent of Zimbabweans know their HIV status by 2020 and receive treatment quickly if needed.

    August 6, 2018
    General
    Reuters
  • While HIV transmission has been significantly reduced over the past decades — especially among people who inject drugs, who now represent less than 10 percent of new HIV diagnoses per year — the recent national surge in opioid misuse threatens to reverse some of these gains.

    August 6, 2018
    General
    The Baltimore Sun
  • The DC Department of Health recently unveiled a new sexual health and wellness campaign with positive images encouraging people to make healthy choices when it comes to sex. A departure from the more direct, fear-driven PSA’s. This campaign is rolling out as new numbers are released by the DC Department of Health, showing a real concern in DC.

    August 6, 2018
    General
    WUSA9
  • A study presented last week at a UN meeting in The Netherlands showed most Kenyans starting on the pill, called Truvada, do not go beyond the first month. The study showed the highest dropout rates to be girls aged 15 to 29. By the sixth month, less than 10 per cent of the original starters are still on the pill in this group.

    August 4, 2018
    Standard Media
  • Many barriers prevent people from getting tested for HIV, including lack of knowledge, competing priorities during medical visits, and stigma associated with the test on the part of both the patient and provider. Not much is known, however, about what impact age and ethnicity have on HIV testing.

    August 3, 2018
    General
    Science Daily
  • With HIV outbreaks occurring among people who inject drugs (PWID) around the world, from Bucharest, Romania, to Scott County, Indiana, researchers warn that complacency will add fuel to the fire and raise the risk of further outbreaks, aidsmap reports.

    August 2, 2018
    General
    POZ
  • Uganda wants to begin compulsory HIV/AIDS testing of students due to the rising number of new infections. The proposal has raised concerns over privacy.

    August 2, 2018
    General
    DW
  • Adolescents and young adults who acquired HIV before or at birth had a 13-fold higher likelihood of developing cancer and a 9-fold higher risk of death, according to a study presented at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) last week in Amsterdam.

    August 1, 2018
    General
    http://www.aidsmap.com/Young-adults-with-life-long-HIV-have-a-higher-risk-of-cancer/page/3316272/

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