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10 JANUARY 2020 VOLUME 21 ISSUE 1

Media Coverage

  • Winnie Byanyima has expressed concern over a new generation of sexually active Ugandans, who never witnessed the HIV/AIDS deaths and its devastating effects like when Uganda was hard-hit by the epidemic from the 1980s-1990s.

    January 10, 2020
    General
    New Vision
  • The international health body, which released the new HIV testing policy at the end of November, made the recommendation following compelling evidence that rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and enzyme immunoassays (EIAs) produce faster and more accurate results than laboratory-based methods. These newer testing strategies also cost less because they are less complex and can be conducted by health workers with varying degrees of training and experience, rather than specialists.

    January 10, 2020
    General
    Avert
  • Over the past 30 years, advances ranging from medical technology to policy implementation have reduced new infections and suppressed the virus for those already living with HIV. There is a lot of excitement about technological innovations already on the market and those that will be available in the near future, including preexposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, which could soon be available as implants instead of daily pills. But progress in the global fight against HIV has been uneven, with the San Francisco Bay Area serving as an example of the global inequities in the disease burden.

    January 9, 2020
    Devex
  • Vaccines prevent diseases, and being unvaccinated carries a risk. Last year, the World Health Organization ranked vaccine hesitancy, a “reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines,” among the top 10 health threats worldwide, alongside Ebola, HIV and drug-resistant infections.

    January 9, 2020
    General
    New York Times
  • HIV that is being transmitted in large population clusters in the United States is more likely to cause high viral load in people who acquire it, leading US researchers to conclude that natural selection is causing HIV in the United States to become more infectious and virulent.

    January 8, 2020
    General
    aidsmap
  • New York City has made tremendous progress in helping people with HIV get diagnosed and on treatment sooner. From 2006 to 2015, the amount of time it took for people living with HIV to learn about their status dropped 28 percent, while the time between diagnosis and starting treatment dropped 60 percent.

    January 7, 2020
    The BodyPro
  • Just before Christmas, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave an unwanted gift to ViiV Healthcare, a division of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), when it refused to approve the company’s much-anticipated long-acting HIV injection.

    January 6, 2020
    The BodyPro
  • South Africa’s prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme has achieved remarkable successes in recent years. It has improved the health and life expectancy for pregnant women living with HIV, and it has reduced the risk of transmission of the virus to their offspring.

    January 6, 2020
    The Conversation
  • HIV scourge in Uganda is alarming. According to a report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), there are about 1.4 million people living with HIV in Uganda. In 2018 alone, there were 53,000 new infections. Consequently. 5.7 percent of adults 15-49 years are living with the virus. However, there is a drug that can help those who are HIV negative to prevent getting the virus. Thanks to a new app 'PrEP Uganda', you can now get the drug with ease.

    January 3, 2020
    African Vibes
  • In the constant search for a vaccine against tuberculosis — which now kills more people around the world than any other infectious disease — researchers have made an unusual discovery.

    January 1, 2020
    General
    New York Times
  • Facebook has quietly started removing some misleading ads about HIV prevention medication, responding to a deluge of activists, health experts and government regulators who said the tech giant had created the conditions for a public-health crisis.

    December 30, 2019
    Washington Post
  • Two separate studies from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa have been published in the last two months, both showing falls in new HIV infections in a region where over 20 percent of men and 40 percent of women are living with HIV.

    December 30, 2019
    General
    aidsmap
  • There is a problem with the decade's greatest medical moments. Most medical advances originate in rich countries, so they are sometimes out of reach for the world's poor — even when they address health problems more common in low-income countries. Treatment for HIV, for example, became available in the U.S. in 1996 but the rollout in Africa didn't begin until 2002. But some breakthroughs of the past decade have gone on to have a truly global impact.

    December 24, 2019
    NPR
  • A growing number of sexual minority men understand that HIV can’t be transmitted by people with undetectable viral levels, but a new study suggests men living with HIV have a better grasp of the facts than men who don’t have the virus.

    December 23, 2019
    Reuters
  • In her plenary address at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa this month, Cindy Kelemi, executive director of the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law, and HIV/AIDS, called attention to missing political leadership in the HIV response.

    December 19, 2019
    General
    Devex

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