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16 FEBRUARY 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 7

Media Coverage

  • Advancements in the management of HIV over the past several decades have led to remarkable improvements in patient survival and quality of life. Yet, disparities in diagnosis, retention in care, and treatment failure continue to hinder the goal of disease eradication, hence propelling new initiatives.

    February 15, 2018
    Contagion
  • Philanthropist Bill Gates has expressed his support for private health facilities to take a leading role in providing primary health services in Africa. At the same time, he spoke about the role of donor funds on the continent, and whether trade would have better impact.

    February 15, 2018
    General
    The Star
  • People in Queensland who are at risk of HIV are being encouraged to access preventive medication PrEP through the state’s QPrEPD trial, rather than waiting for it to become available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

    February 14, 2018
    Star Observer
  • Nearly all mothers living with HIV in Kenya can now safely give birth to HIV negative babies, if they follow treatment guidelines. The ministry says by last year only 3.7 per cent of mothers passed the virus on to their babies, largely because they failed to get proper treatment during pregnancy and birth.

    February 14, 2018
    The Star
  • Study across seven sub-Saharan countries shows less than half of young women carrying the virus were aware they had the disease.

    February 14, 2018
    The Guardian
  • State financial regulators in New York said Wednesday that they would investigate reports that gay men have been denied insurance policies covering life, disability or long-term care because they were taking medication to protect themselves against HIV.

    February 14, 2018
    New York Times
  • Homa Bay county has partnered with a United Nation’s funded organisation to sensitise men to go for HIV/AIDS testing. The initiative by Men Engage Kenya Network is facilitated by UNAIDS and aims at encouraging men to take a test.

    February 13, 2018
    General
    The Star
  • The GOP billionaire has come under fire from LGBT groups following the release of his 2019 budget plans released on Monday. The budget includes cuts to domestic HIV/AIDS programs, despite the growing needs, including elimination of Special Programs of National Significance (SPNS). Meanwhile the plan includes a cut of over a billion in funding for global HIV programs.

    February 13, 2018
    General
    Pink News
  • "Blessers" should be targeted in the fight against HIV as they are the ones driving the HIV epidemic among young women. This is the call of HIV/AIDS not-for-profit organisation Right to Care, ahead of the eighth African Conference of Sexual and Reproductive Health in Johannesburg this week.

    February 12, 2018
    General
    IOL
  • The medical effectiveness of PrEP for preventing HIV transmission is certain, however NHS England’s PrEP IMPACT trial was designed to answer questions about the need for the drug, and how to reach the most at-risk populations. With trial places capped, and interest very high, 56 Dean Street (part of Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust) will add an Additional Private Care process offering PrEP for £55 a month (30 tablets) to those who have missed out on a place on the IMPACT trial.

    February 12, 2018
    GScene
  • To complete the last leg South Africa has four important things to do. It must address the gaps in HIV testing; it must start people on antiretroviral treatment and make sure that they remain on it; it must ensure that people maintain virological suppression and, lastly, it must strengthen its strategies around prevention.

    February 12, 2018
    IOL
  • Last week it was announced that life saving HIV-preventative Truvada, otherwise known as PrEP, will be listed under the Federal Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Meaning that from March 1, the revolutionary drug will cost Australians tens of dollars, as opposed to tens of thousands of dollars.

    February 12, 2018
    VICE

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