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15 NOVEMBER 2019 VOLUME 20 ISSUE 44

Media Coverage

  • The 17th European AIDS Conference (EACS 2019) in Basel, Switzerland, last week, heard about another case of a PrEP user who caught HIV despite being apparently adherent to PrEP.

    November 15, 2019
    aidsmap
  • HIV rates are rising among middle-aged women in England because of unprotected sex, according to researchers. A study found the number of women aged between 45 and 56 who needed HIV treatment is five times higher than it was a decade ago.

    November 15, 2019
    Daily Mail
  • There was a collective sigh of relief for more than 350,000 HIV-positive patients in Botswana, after the southern African country's Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the government in a legal tussle over the supply of life-prolonging anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs.

    November 15, 2019
    VOA
  • The Tanzanian parliament has passed a new law allowing HIV/AIDS self-testing and lowering the age of HIV testing without parental consent to 15 years. "These amendments will significantly accelerate our intentions to meet the 90-90-90 goals which aim at ending the AIDS epidemic by 2020," Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu told the House in the capital Dodoma.

    November 14, 2019
    General
    Standard Digital
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced last week a federal suit against Gilead Sciences, makers of pre-exposure prophylaxis against HIV, also known as PrEP, claiming the company is infringing on government patents while selling these prescription-only drugs at high prices. The case could devolve into a protracted legal battle hinging on arcane patent law and the validity of government patents.

    November 14, 2019
    San Francisco Chronicle
  • The 96-week results of the DISCOVER trial, which compared the efficacy and safety of two different formulations of the antiretroviral drug tenofovir when used as daily PrEP by gay and bisexual men, were announced at the 17th European AIDS Conference (EACS 2019) in Basel last week.

    November 14, 2019
    aidsmap
  • The Samburu people, just like the Maasai, are very traditional. For many years, traditional healers and old men were the ones to circumcise boys when they came of age. But for a small village in the outskirts of Rumuruti town in Laikipia County, the elders have chosen a different path.

    November 13, 2019
    Standard Digital
  • Men who have sex with men in Africa are more likely to test for HIV than other African men, but are significantly less likely to be on treatment or virally suppressed.

    November 12, 2019
    General
    Avert
  • Needle exchange programs in two large US cities prevented thousands of new HIV infections and saved hundreds of millions of dollars, researchers say.

    November 12, 2019
    General
    US News & World Report
  • A non-profit clinic in Johannesburg is rolling out self-screening HIV kits in a bid for more South Africans to know their HIV status. One in five South Africans do not know their HIV status. The Witkoppen Clinic, Unjani Clinics Network and Johannesburg North GP Network - the project which is funded by the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute - have distributed more than 3 500 HIV self-screening kits to patients in the past two months.

    November 12, 2019
    General
    IOL
  • The Ministry of Health and Child Care has started rolling out Dolutegravir (DTG), a new antiretroviral drug which is more effective in viral suppression and has fewer side effects. New HIV patients were the first to benefit from the nationwide roll out which started in September this year.

    November 11, 2019
    Chronicle
  • As the serpentine Amazon river meanders through a sea of jungle, a little red boat speeds across its muddy brown waters. Powered by two outboard motors, the vessel carries a cargo of volunteers, medics and nurses, an awning, and dozens of HIV screening tests.

    November 11, 2019
    General
    The Guardian
  • I’ve had a number of people ask me about the news stories the last few days which keep saying that there’s a a “cure for HIV” coming. This all goes back to a Maryland company, American Gene Technologies, and a gene therapy they’re working on called AGT-103T. This is an attempt to use a lentiviral-based gene therapy to produce patient-derived CD4 helper T cells that will allow the immune system to recognize and eliminate HIV, while themselves remaining (in theory) immune to infection (through modification of CCR5 and CXCR4).

    November 11, 2019
    General
    Science Translational Medicine
  • PREVENIR, the French open-label study looking at PrEP use in gay and bisexual men in the Paris region, has found that 16 percent of study participants either told clinicians they were stopping PrEP or disappeared from the study within a year, and that 32 percent had discontinued PrEP after 30 months.

    November 11, 2019
    aidsmap
  • During the 1990s, I was doing my medical training in India. Those days, we had a steady stream of American and European students visiting our medical school. They would stay for a few weeks, work on short-term projects, and go back home to publish their research in international journals. None of us got to publish much, despite the fact that we (the locals) had lived experience in dealing with the problems under study, and had deeper insights than our visitors could have gained in a few weeks.

    November 10, 2019
    General
    Forbes
  • Black men who have sex with men (MSM) face substantial disparities in HIV treatment among men in the United States. The use of drugs further compounds sexual risks, disrupts treatment adherence, and impacts health care utilization in this population. While more attention is being paid to the effects of drug use on HIV treatment and prevention, it is important to assess perceived health care provider stigma, perceived cultural incompetency, and mistrust of medical systems curtails in efforts to reach black MSM who use drugs.

    November 9, 2019
    General
    Contagion Live
  • The US government routinely sues pharmaceutical companies for making false claims, bilking Medicare, illegal kickbacks, and sloppy manufacturing practices. But on 6 November, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit against Gilead Sciences Inc. of Foster City, California, for reasons that cannot easily fit on a bumper sticker.

    November 8, 2019
    Science
  • Between our broken global economic model, rising inequality, and the erosion of democracy and human rights, we are living in a time of crisis. But there are, in times of crisis, new possibilities for transformation.

    November 8, 2019
    General
    Devex

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