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14 JUNE 2019 VOLUME 20 ISSUE 23

Media Coverage

  • HIV is no longer seen as the dreaded epidemic and global health threat it still is. Yet, the disease continues to claim lives, drain community resources and rob families of breadwinners. Emerging challenges, such as patients getting resistant to drugs or those with advanced disease having low access to treatment, call for an even stronger commitment to the fight against HIV.

    June 14, 2019
    General
    Daily Nation
  • Depo Provera does not increase HIV risk. But African women are still left with too few contraceptive choices.

    June 13, 2019
    Bhekisisa
  • A landmark study has ended 30 years of anxiety that hormonal contraceptive injections may increase women’s chances of infection from HIV. But the study has also found a dramatically higher rate of HIV infection among women in southern Africa than was expected, which one leading campaigning organisation said signified “a public health crisis”, leading to calls for more efforts to protect them from the virus that leads to AIDS.

    June 13, 2019
    The Guardian
  • For decades, many African women in need of birth control they could use in secret have relied on intramuscular hormone injections that prevent pregnancy for three months. But in recent years, women have been terrified — and family planning officials frustrated — as studies suggested that women using injectables were far more likely to get infected with HIV. On Thursday, a major new study found that women who did were not at a much greater risk than they were from other contraceptive methods, including a hormone implant or a copper intrauterine device.

    June 13, 2019
    New York Times
  • Roll-out of the ‘treat all’ public health policy across six African countries led to 81.6 percent of people living with HIV starting antiretroviral treatment (ART) within 30 days of confirming their HIV-positive result.

    June 13, 2019
    Avert
  • Statistics show 1200 girls between the ages of 15 and 24 are infected with HIV every week in South Africa. According to the Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS), although the infection rate had dropped from 2000 per week three years ago, the figures still remained unacceptably high.

    June 13, 2019
    IOL
  • Research conducted in collaboration with the University of Cape Town’s gender, health and justice unit has confirmed the link between gender-based violence (GBV) and HIV in South Africa, the 9th South African AIDS Conference heard on Thursday.

    June 13, 2019
    General
    IOL
  • The world has spent nearly a quarter of a century wondering whether Africa’s most widely used birth control method could make women more likely to contract HIV. Now, new research, conducted in four countries, including South Africa, has solved the riddle.

    June 13, 2019
    Bhekisisa
  • Last Wednesday, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, issued an appeal for 160 HIV-negative volunteers to test the vaccine at clinics in Hangzhou and Beijing. After the recruitment drive was reported by The Beijing News on Tuesday night, it became a trending topic on China’s Weibo, gaining more than 100 million views. But many people expressed fears that the trials would result in volunteers contracting the virus, with some asking why the scientists would not test the vaccine on themselves or even use convicted criminals as human guinea pigs.

    June 13, 2019
    South China Morning Post
  • There are an estimated 5000 new HIV transmissions every day. Around 70 percent of the 37 million people living with HIV globally are in sub-Saharan Africa. Of the 1.8 million new HIV transmissions worldwide in 2017, 800 000 occurred in eastern and southern Africa. New, effective prevention strategies are essential to reducing HIV transmission.

    June 13, 2019
    General
    The Conversation
  • The results of the ECHO (Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes) study on whether birth control drugs increase the risk of HIV infection will be released on Thursday in Durban, South Africa. The study was carried out among 7,829 women in Kenya, Zambia and South Africa and used three different contraceptive methods: Depo Provera injection, copper intrauterine devices and the Jadelle hormonal implant.

    June 12, 2019
    Standard Digital
  • A clarion call was made to renew the fight against HIV and AIDS at the launch of the South African AIDS Conference which is being at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

    June 12, 2019
    General
    IOL
  • While HIV testing has been named a crucial component in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s strategy for many years, a new meta-analysis shows that black men who have sex with men (BMSM) in the U.S. tend to receive at least one HIV test in a lifetime but have not gotten tested frequently or recently. This study was published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

    June 12, 2019
    General
    The BodyPro
  • Bhekisisa's latest policy dialogue takes a deep dive into one of the biggest challenges facing SA's HIV response at the 9th AIDS conference.

    June 12, 2019
    General
    Bhekisisa
  • If the 50 years since Stonewall has ultimately been about social and legal progress for LGBTQ people, it has also been about one of the most devastating and, at first, mysterious medical events of modern times: The AIDS epidemic.

    June 12, 2019
    General
    New York Times
  • The recommendation received an A grade, meaning it is well supported by scientific evidence. This is important because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires private insurers to cover preventive services recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force with an “A” or “B” rating. The task force also released a recommendation for routine HIV screening for people ages 15 to 65 and for all pregnant women, also with an “A” grade.

    June 11, 2019
    POZ
  • Scientists and activists have been fighting for decades to eradicate HIV. Eventually, their work will converge to get rid of HIV once and for all.

    June 10, 2019
    General
    OUT
  • If President Donald Trump’s ambitious plan to wipe out HIV transmission in America by 2030 is to have any chance of success, it will have to reach people like Kiwanna Dingle’s mother. In April, she walked into an emergency room in rural South Carolina seven times — and seven times she was refused care. That final time, the hospital called the police, who put the homeless woman in jail. From there, she went back to the same hospital, where she spent 18 days in the psychiatric ward.

    June 8, 2019
    General
    Politico

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