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12 August 2016 VOLUME 17 ISSUE 32

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  • In a country with the highest HIV rate, notions of male pride and responsibility stop men getting diagnosed and treated...[and] many men conceal their HIV status and continue to work even when unwell....High rates of unemployment...also present a challenge to the image of the ideal Swazi male. Campaigns calling for circumcision...mostly fall on deaf ears as boys and men cite concerns over religion, virility and warrior status.

    August 10, 2016
    Al Jazeera
  • In the lab of Nichole Klatt, assistant professor of pharmaceutics and pathobiology at the University of Washington, postdoctoral fellow Alex Zeven and graduate student Ryan Cheu discovered why the well-known bacterium Gardnerella is able to break down the experimental gel version of the preventative HIV drug tenofovir.

    August 10, 2016
    The Daily
  • Two research giants in KwaZulu-Natal have joined forces to form a groundbreaking new interdisciplinary institute to fight HIV, TB and related diseases. The Africa Health Research Institute...combines the renowned Africa Centre for Population Health’s population data from more than 100 000 participants with the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV’s basic science, experimental medicine and world-class laboratory facilities.

    August 9, 2016
    New Age
  • A total of 841 new cases were recorded in June, the highest ever monthly figure since the country's first reported case in 1984, according to the health department's latest statistics released this week. Over 90 percent were transmitted through sexual contact, the majority of them among men who have sex with men.

    August 9, 2016
    Reuters
  • The historic return of the International AIDS Conference to Durban was a moment to celebrate the advances made against the AIDS epidemic as well as to contemplate the journey ahead. Perhaps more than any other 16 years in history, the period between AIDS 2000 and AIDS 2016 teaches us how much we can achieve if we galvanize the power of humanity for a cause.

    August 9, 2016
    EABizInfo
  • The WHO will convene an expert review group later in 2016 to examine the links between the use of various hormonal contraceptive methods and women’s risk of HIV acquisition. The expert review group will assess whether current WHO guidance needs to change in the light of a new review of data, published in AIDS on 9 August 2016, which was commissioned by WHO.

    August 9, 2016
    WHO
  • As HIV/AIDS has emerged only recently and so far eluded efforts to outwit it, researchers have been looking at imprints left by related viruses in other animals to better understand their origins....Now, a research group has used genomic data from the Malayan flying lemur (colugo) to uncover the oldest lentivirus ever identified, whose first emergence may date to as early as 60 million years ago.

    August 9, 2016
    Science Daily
  • Colleen Khumalo started out as a nurse almost 20 years ago. Today she is pioneering a programme that was launched to tackle HIV, AIDS and tuberculosis among workers....at the helm of the South African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union Worker Health Programme (SWHP) since January 2015....During her tenure as CEO, SWHP has achieved the highest performance in Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision funded by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC).

    August 8, 2016
    Fin24
  • The doctor on a mission met the homeless heroin addict who lived under a tree....Jose De Lemos, infected with HIV and hepatitis C, was in no mood for conversation with a well-meaning doc....But Hansel Tookes, a University of Miami doctor...talked to De Lemos anyway...about his own uphill battle to create a syringe exchange program in South Florida, the kind of program that might have prevented De Lemos’ infection.

    August 8, 2016
    Miami Herald
  • A four-day-per-week regimen based on a nonnucleoside or a ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitor maintained viral loads below 50 copies/mL in 96 of 100 participants in a 48-week, multicenter, single-arm study, according to the study presented at AIDS 2016. Two previous trials, FOTO and BREATHER, found promising results with five-day-per-week antiretroviral regimens.

    August 8, 2016
    The Body
  • A claim about Zimbabweans’ high condom use cropped up again, this time at the International AIDS 2016 conference in Durban recently.... But does it hold true?

    August 8, 2016
    Times Live
  • After fully sequencing the latent HIV 'provirus' genomes from 19 people being treated for HIV, scientists report that even in patients who start treatment very early, the only widely available method to measure the reservoir of dormant HIV in patients is mostly counting defective viruses that won't cause harm, rather than those that can spring back into action and keep infections going.

    August 8, 2016
    Science Daily
  • Jamaica can breathe a sigh of relief as it was not named among the 74 countries that experienced increased rates of new HIV infections over the past decade, according to a new scientific paper. The study by the Global Burden of Disease collaborative network, published on July 19 in The Lancet HIV, found that 74 countries...saw increases in age-standardised rates of new infections between 2005 and 2015.

    August 7, 2016
    Jamaica Observer
  • Critics argued the drug could lead to irresponsible sexual behaviour – with some describing it as a “lifestyle drug” – and would strain scarce NHS resources....George Valiotis, chief executive of HIV Scotland, said: “In France, the health minister said last year we are not going to wait for licensing, we are going to do this now as it can make a real difference to transmission rates. “We would hope the Scottish Government would take the same approach and say we will act now.

    August 7, 2016
    Herald Scotland
  • A monthly vaginal ring developed by the nonprofit International Partnership for Microbicides has been shown to protect significantly against HIV infection when used consistently, according to...a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine....Despite decades of misperceptions about the illness,...many of the women becoming infected are married, monogamous, intravenous drug-free, and would otherwise seem to have lows risks of contracting HIV. Rather, the risks behind this deadly trend are mostly external and, far too often, simply unavoidable.

    August 5, 2016
    Forbes
  • Traditionally, HIV/AIDS and NCDs have been “siloed” in communicable or noncommunicable disease camps....This traditional partition should stop. A “marriage of convenience” between HIV and NCDs will be highly advantageous in SSA. Here are six reasons we have derived from our experiences as an HIV researcher and as a diabetes researcher.

    August 5, 2016
    Health Affairs Blog

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