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15 AUGUST VOLUME 15 ISSUE 33

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  • The Department of Health's plan to make the male circumcision device PrePex available has been put on ice - because it is an Israeli product. The device was to have been introduced at clinics and hospitals next year....
    August 14, 2014
    Times Live
  • Around the world social auditing is being seen as a way to empower people to monitor programmes aimed at them, ensure programmes are not corrupted, stalled or mismanaged, and deliver what is actually required....South Africa’s examples of social auditing [include] the Treatment Action Campaign budget analysis that compelled government to provide ARV drugs to pregnant women to prevent passing HIV virus to their unborn babies....

    August 14, 2014
    IRIN
  • It led to increased repression, drew international condemnation and prompted foreign donors to suspend millions of dollars in aid. Then earlier this month the constitutional court threw it out. But is Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), promulgated by President Yoweri Museveni in February, truly dead and buried? 
    August 14, 2014
    IRIN
  • HIV/AIDS responses present a potential point of care for sexual and gender minorities, but little is known about at-risk populations in emergencies. A 2012 study about homosexuality and HIV among refugees in Uganda, said: "A shortcoming of current available prevention, care and treatment services for HIV/AIDS in displacement and post-conflict contexts is the overt concentration on normative heterosexuality." 
    August 14, 2014
    IRIN
  • An ambitious United States government project to strengthen medical education in sub-Saharan Africa is reporting broad progress in addressing the continent’s critical shortages of physicians and health care workers. The four-year-old, $130 million program, the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, has given grants to 13 academic institutions in 12 countries....
     
    August 14, 2014
    New York Times
  • Although pre-exposure prophylaxis is recommended for people at high risk of developing HIV, not all physicians are up to speed about recommending it. 
    August 13, 2014
    MedPage Today
  • NAT (National AIDS Trust) argues in a recent report that although black African communities in the UK are disproportionately affected by HIV, their needs “receive neither the attention nor the resources they should from policy-makers, decision-makers and funders.” In particular, NAT believes that appropriate HIV prevention needs to be scaled up in a way which avoids black African people feeling “targeted” or “singled out” as a risk group for HIV infection....
    August 12, 2014
    AIDSMAP
  • A bill seeking to have foreign gay people stoned to death in public in Kenya is now before the National Assembly through a petition by a political party. The draft bill has proposed that a foreigner who commits a homosexual act be stoned in public, while Kenyan nationals found guilty will be jailed for life.
    August 12, 2014
    The Star
  • The antigay law has been a trial by fire for Nelson Sewankambo, elected as UNAS president last January. Sewankambo, an internal medicine specialist and head of Makerere University College of Health Sciences who has spent years strengthening science capacity in Africa, spoke with ScienceInsider on the sidelines of a US National Academy of Sciences meeting held from 5 to 8 August in Washington, DC. The transcript was edited for clarity and brevity....
    August 12, 2014
    Science
  • The projected demand for antiretroviral therapy (ART) will increase to 16.8 million person-years by the end of 2016 in low- and middle-income countries according to a study presented on behalf of the global ARV Forecasting Technical Working Group at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) last month in Melbourne.
     
    August 12, 2014
    HIVandHepatitis
  • Eastern and Southern sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 55% of total deaths from HIV/AIDS in 2013. In most countries in these regions, deaths from the disease are dropping. A recent article in the New York Times celebrated specific, successful interventions in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Malawi. Such progress, however, must be considered along with countries where death rates have stagnated or even increased.
     
    August 11, 2014
    Humanosphere
  • An extensive study on HIV prevention in Africa is underway in the Western Cape, with community workers, known as Community HIV Care Providers (CHiPs), visiting people at their homes in nine communities in and around Cape Town....The study is also being conducted in 12 communities in Zambia....Community members are provided with home-based HIV counselling and testing, screened for tuberculosis and Sexually Transmitted Infections, and provided with condoms in the home.
     
    August 11, 2014
    All Africa
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year, $14.7 million grant to an international team to develop a microbicide gel containing an HIV-fighting protein that scientists will cultivate in tobacco plants. Led by the University of Louisville, the team will focus on a protein known as griffithsin (GRFT) found in red algae...that binds to the surface of HIV and prevents the virus from entering other cells.
    August 11, 2014
    AIDSMEDS
  • Zimbabwe’s deepening economic crisis is severely affecting the government’s ability to fund public health delivery and restricting poor people’s access to health care....Ruth Labode, a medical doctor who heads the parliamentary committee on health, said that not only had government allocated too little to health in its 2014 national budget, but was failing to fund that budget....“Without the donor community, our public health system would have virtually collapsed,” said Labode. 
    August 11, 2014
    IRIN
  • As an AIDS activist in the early 1990s, Gregg Gonsalves traveled to Washington to challenge the Food and Drug Administration as part of the confrontational group AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, which staged protests outside FDA's headquarters, disrupted its public meetings and pressured its leaders to speed up approval of experimental drugs. A quarter century later, Gonsalves still travels to Washington, but with a different agenda: to defend the FDA.
    August 11, 2014
    Associated Press
  • Dickson Tapela and Mbuso Piye are two of nearly 1,000 foreign prisoners languishing in Botswana's 23 state prisons. The pair, from Zimbabwe, are both serving 10-year prison sentences for armed robbery. They shot to fame after filing a court case challenging the Botswana government’s policy of denying AIDS treatment to foreign inmates. Both men have been living with HIV/AIDS for several years and have no access to anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs).
     
    August 10, 2014
    Al Jazeera
  • University of Washington researchers have come up with a new way to deliver HIV-killing microbicides: a dissolving tampon a woman could discreetly insert minutes before sex to protect herself against virus....Tampon fibers using a new process called electrospinning can retain a massive dose of microbicides, yet dissolve inside the vagina in as little as six minutes....The researchers would ideally like to develop a tampon to protect against HIV, herpes, and pregnancy....
     
    August 10, 2014
    Health Line
  • The devastating news didn't make sense to Brazilian Pierre Freitaz. How was it possible that, at age 17, he was infected with HIV if his only boyfriend seemed fit and healthy?....While Brazil has long been seen as a global model in the fight against AIDS, activists and officials say more and more youths share Freitaz's unawareness of HIV risks, or are unconcerned about them....
     
    August 9, 2014
    Associated Press
  • Efrazia Ngwabi has been trying to encourage her husband to get circumcised but her efforts have been hampered by his belief that the practice is against tribal tradition....Eventually, Ngwabi managed to persuade her husband to visit a community worker who explained to him why he should consider getting circumcised...."I was rather insisting to him that if you don’t do it you will put me at risk of getting cervical cancer," Ngwabi said.  

     
    August 8, 2014
    Thomson Reuters
  • Transformative change is afoot among men and boys throughout Southern and East Africa. Millions have bravely stepped up to protect themselves and their partners from HIV. What started quietly in a few communities now spans nations, and could grow into one of the greatest achievements towards ending the AIDS epidemic on our continent. I am referring to voluntary medical male circumcision – a man’s choice to have his foreskin medically removed....
    August 8, 2014
    Mail & Guardian
  • ...Prabodh Devkota is senior regional project director of humanitarian charity CARE International’s EMPHASIS (Enhancing Mobile Populations’ Access to HIV and AIDS Services, Information and Support) project. Headquartered in Nepal, EMPHASIS was set up in 2009 to address the HIV vulnerability of migrants moving between Bangladesh, Nepal and India. It has done this by testing innovations in delivering HIV services, and gathering data on their impact. 
     
    July 31, 2014
    SciDevNet
  • Many HIV patients can lead healthy, full lives today, but can that life include conceiving a child? Journalist Heather Boerner follows two couples touched by the virus, and dives into the cutting-edge science of both HIV treatment and reproductive technology in her new ebook, Positively Negative: Love, Pregnancy, and Science’s Surprising Victory Over HIV. We chatted with Boerner recently about the trials of these fledgling families....
    July 30, 2014
    World Science Festival Newsletter

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