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16 NOVEMBER 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 46

Media Coverage

  • Susan Buchbinder’s drive to fight the HIV epidemic started, as with many of her colleagues, when she was treating patients during the 1980s.

    November 17, 2018
    General
    Lancet
  • More HIV testing centers have opened in the Philippines as the country struggles to curb the growing number of new cases. Already this year there have been more than 7,600 new HIV diagnosis in the Philippines. The south-east Asian nation has experienced a 174 percent increase in new infections since 2010.

    November 16, 2018
    General
    Gay Star News
  • The HIV epidemic remains centered in the South, health officials say. And the region must overcome several factors before this disease burden will ease, they add.

    November 16, 2018
    General
    WABE
  • Several patients are currently enrolled in the PrEP program in Norristown, with 10 more in Philadelphia since that program launched in July. While both initiatives were considered beta tests in Philly, the move is already being made to expand this service to more Planned Parenthood centers throughout the region. The challenge is educating people who may never have heard of PrEP about its benefits.

    November 16, 2018
    Philly Voice
  • There are two other forms of taking PrEP that are currently in trial: long-acting injections to deliver antiretroviral (i.e., getting a shot once every 8–12 weeks) and topical microbicides (a cream you can either put in your anus or on your penis). There’s also a different regimen for taking PrEP called event-driven PrEP, where instead of Truvada daily, you take it surrounding the dates you know or believe that you’ll be having sex.

    November 15, 2018
    NewNowNext
  • The follicular phase of the menstrual cycle may be the most vulnerable time for HIV-1 acquisition in women—not the luteal phase, as previously thought—according to the results of a new study published online October 31 in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

    November 15, 2018
    General
    Contagion Live
  • Millions of Kenyan women using injectable contraception to prevent pregnancy will soon know if the method actually increases their risk of contracting HIV.

    November 15, 2018
    The Star
  • A small removable plastic implant resembling a tiny piece of dry spaghetti is capable of delivering sustained levels of the drug tenofovir, researchers told last month’s HIV Research for Prevention conference (HIVR4P 2018) in Madrid.

    November 15, 2018
    aidsmap
  • More than 20 health workers and manufacturers have launched a campaign to raise Shs10b for HIV/AIDS treatment and national wide sensitization programmes.

    November 14, 2018
    General
    All Africa
  • Increases in viral load in both blood and semen were observed within two weeks of treatment interruption. Four weeks after stopping therapy, all participants had detectable virus in their semen. Viral load in semen peaked at approximately 16,000 copies/ml, high enough for transmission to sexual partners.

    November 14, 2018
    aidsmap
  • While Namibia's statistics for mother-to-child transmission of HIV stands at 4 percent, UNAIDS regional director Catherine Sozi says Namibia had not reached its destination in the fight against HIV-AIDS.

    November 14, 2018
    General
    Namibian
  • The rollout of oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a pill that prevents infection when taken daily, is not being managed well in parts of Africa.

    November 14, 2018
    Africa Portal
  • Qualitative data from the PROUD study revealed that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an important added prevention tool to strategies already in place for men in England having frequent condomless sex, according to a recent article in AIDS and Behavior.

    November 13, 2018
    aidsmap
  • In many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, HIV services are still offered separately within health facilities. These HIV clinics have their own dedicated staff and infrastructure such as waiting areas, a separate patient flow system and they typically run on designated days of the week.

    November 13, 2018
    General
    Independent
  • A study done in 10 counties (Kisumu, Migori, Kisii, Nairobi, Machakos, Kiambu, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale and Taita Taveta) revealed that there was a huge gap between participants who were screened and found eligible for PrEP, and those who were actually put on the preventive therapy.

    November 13, 2018
    Daily Nation
  • The main barrier is the time it takes to get test results back from laboratories that are often situated great distances from clinics. One way round the problem is to enable viral load testing to take place at primary health care level – what's known as point-of-care viral load testing. This would be a game changer. Results would be known immediately and health workers could intervene swiftly by evaluating antiretroviral treatments in real time. This would, in turn, improve treatment outcomes.

    November 13, 2018
    US News & World Report
  • The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) says the Nigerian HIV/AIDS Trust Fund will be functional by March 2019.

    November 13, 2018
    General
    Vanguard
  • The VMMC clinic was launched at the Airport Mall in Belhar as a joint initiative by the SA Department of Health with international, non-profit health organisation Jphiego yesterday.

    November 13, 2018
    IOL
  • Brighton and Hove became the first city in Britain to sign up to the Fast Track Cities programme last year. It aims to make more than 90 percent of people with HIV aware that they have the virus.

    November 13, 2018
    Argus
  • Two central themes of the International AIDS Conference this summer appear, at first glance, to run at cross purposes. At Amsterdam, we heard both that AIDS programming is off track in achieving ambitious targets, and, at the same time, the AIDS response should look beyond a single disease focus to embrace broader goals including expanded access to primary health care.

    November 13, 2018
    General
    Friends of the Global Fight
  • But Sibusiso Sifunda, the chief research specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council’s HIV Unit, says there is still very little acknowledgement of the role fathers can play in supporting exclusive breastfeeding and, in the process, prevent HIV transmission.

    November 12, 2018
    Bhekisisa
  • Dr. Timothy Mastro, a member of the ECHO (Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes) management committee said they had concluded the study and that findings will be out by mid 2019.

    November 12, 2018
    New Vision
  • All healthcare providers need it because "there are other things to consider" than just race, said Chandler. For example, targeting HIV prevention messages only to gay men does a disservice to women, who are acquiring HIV at increasing rates.

    November 12, 2018
    General
    Medscape
  • Uganda will in 2019 launch two researches aimed at preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS. The first, dubbed ‘Deliver’, will be based on ring laced with the HIV drug dapivirine being placed in the vagina and an oral drug Truvada taken daily as preventive (pre-exposure prophylaxis – PrEP) measures against HIV infection. The second study code-named MTN -043 will enroll up to 200 breast-feeding mothers to see whether the same drug can keep the mother and child safe.

    November 12, 2018
    Independent
  • Scientists have designed a portable and low-cost diagnostic tool, utilising a cell phone and nanotechnology, which can detect HIV and monitor its management in resource-limited regions.

    November 12, 2018
    General
    Hindustan Times
  • The decline of HIV/AIDS prevalence in the region from 5.3 percent in 2003 to 3.4 percent in 2011 is attributed to the effective use of condoms.

    November 12, 2018
    New Vision
  • What’s more, the regimen works. “PEP is effective and has been used for decades by medical professionals to prevent infections after needlesticks,” Frye said. “Now, it is one more tool we can use to prevent HIV.”

    November 12, 2018
    General
    POZ
  • The ninth annual POZ 100 honors people living with HIV who are 50 and over and making a difference in the fight against the virus. This age group represents the future of the epidemic—both in the sheer number of people living with HIV and in the inspiring ways they’re thriving.

    November 12, 2018
    General
    POZ
  • The FACTS-001 trial, led by the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute in South Africa, was a Phase III clinical trial of a vaginal gel comprised of the antiretroviral drug, tenofovir, used before and after sex. The main outcome of the study was to assess whether use of the gel could prevent HIV acquisition among young women in the region, who remain the group most affected by HIV globally.

    November 9, 2018
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