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13 DECEMBER 2019 VOLUME 20 ISSUE 48

Media Coverage

  • Poor quality HIV services for diagnosis, linkage to care and monitoring, as well as pervasive stigma, continue to exist, according to a survey focused on barriers to quality HIV treatment among 2,777 people living with HIV in 14 low- and middle-income countries, presented by the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition at the 20th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) in Kigali, Rwanda, last week.

    December 12, 2019
    General
    aidsmap
  • Ever since the AIDS epidemic erupted nearly 40 years ago, researchers have tried to make a vaccine. The efforts typically end up like this: "Failure Of Latest HIV Vaccine Test: A 'Huge Disappointment.' " Now researchers have come up with a new blueprint.

    December 12, 2019
    NPR
  • Focus groups in eleven Ugandan districts have identified a number of emerging and existing structural factors that are driving the country’s HIV epidemic.

    December 10, 2019
    General
    Avert
  • As 2030 edges closer, those working to prevent and treat HIV are starkly aware of the goal to eliminate the condition by then. Calling it an idealistic and optimistic target, Dr. Wong Chen Seong, an infectious diseases consultant physician and head of Singapore’s National Centre for Infectious Diseases’ clinical HIV program, believes that — as a goal for the global HIV-care community — it’s unlikely to be achieved, but says it still has a purpose in unifying efforts.

    December 10, 2019
    General
    Devex
  • The number of at-home STI tests distributed by the NHS is being capped in some areas of London, HuffPost UK has learned, with one reader saying he tried and failed to access a test on 10 separate occasions.

    December 10, 2019
    General
    Huffington Post
  • The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) program to evaluate HIV drugs for use in low-resource countries is achieving its goals, but a new agency analysis finds there are also ways the program could be made more efficient.

    December 9, 2019
    Contagion Live
  • In an impassioned description of what he calls “implementation science,” Fauci said he and his colleagues at the National Institute of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other federal, state, and local health agencies are hopeful that a newly launched federal plan to end HIV will be able to overcome socio-economic barriers that have prevented the scientific advances from reaching those who could most benefit from them.

    December 9, 2019
    General
    Washington Blade
  • Preventive drugs should be widely accessible, but corporate power has left Americans – especially those of color – in grave danger.

    December 9, 2019
    The Guardian
  • Scientists and activists who spoke to The New Times on the sidelines of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) said that there are ongoing efforts in search of vaccines, cures and more efficient prevention mechanisms.

    December 9, 2019
    New Times
  • As of 2018, Nigeria had the second largest HIV epidemic in the world and one of the highest rates of new infection in Sub-saharan Africa. Making it worse is that Nigeria also has the fourth-largest tuberculosis epidemic in the world, with HIV and TB co-infection now becoming an increasing concern for people living with HIV.

    December 9, 2019
    General
    Vanguard
  • Facebook users have been bombarded with misleading ads about medication meant to prevent the transmission of HIV, according to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates, who say the tech giant’s refusal to remove the content has created a public-health crisis.

    December 9, 2019
    Washington Post
  • As the World AIDS Day was marked last week, Kenya HIV estimates for 2018 found that women are more likely to test for HIV than men. This even as Kenya feels the pinch of cut in funding for HIV/AIDS programmes by the US President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) which could see gains made over the years eroded.

    December 8, 2019
    General
    Standard Digital
  • The Trump administration announced last week a new program that will provide HIV prevention medications free of charge for uninsured patients. These pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) drugs are highly effective in preventing HIV, but with a cost of $2,000 a month, they are far too expensive for people without insurance. This new program will provide PrEP at no cost for up to 200,000 uninsured patients a year.

    December 8, 2019
    Washington Post
  • Rwanda’s first lady Jeannette Kagame has asserted that although there has been significant success in the fight against HIV/AIDS on the African continent in the last 20 years, the battle was being impeded by gender inequality.

    December 3, 2019
    General
    IOL
  • Increasing the ability for people to test themselves for HIV could bolster efforts to universal access to treatment, according to Heather Watts Director of HIV Prevention, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator.

    December 2, 2019
    General
    New Times

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