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17 AUGUST 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 33

Media Coverage

  • HIV criminalisation refers to the unjust application of criminal law to people living with HIV based solely on their HIV status. Cases of such criminalisation often include non-disclosure of HIV status, even when there is no transmission, and when effective precautions have been taken, minimising risk; perceived or potential HIV exposure; or unintended viral transmission.

    August 18, 2018
    General
    Lancet
  • Starting treatment on the day of HIV diagnosis is acceptable and feasible for Thai patients, and people who started treatment very soon after diagnosis were more than twice as likely to have an undetectable viral load within 300 days of diagnosis when compared to people managed under existing Thai guidelines, the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) heard last month in Amsterdam.

    August 17, 2018
    aidsmap
  • B-cell receptor normally bind to foreign entities such as pathogens, stimulating them to produce many copies of the antibody form of the receptor. This can trap a pathogen and mark it for destruction. But among people living with HIV, the IgG3 short-circuits this process by docking on the B-cell receptor and blocking it from adequately responding to the pathogen or other intended target.

    August 17, 2018
    General
    UPI
  • Now, a new drug has been found to reduce viral replication and increase immune cells in individuals with advanced, drug-resistant HIV infection in a phase 3 trial. When combined with existing HIV medications, the drug offers a promising option for these hard-to-treat patients. The drug in question? Ibalizumab.

    August 16, 2018
    Contagion Live
  • The Zambian government has finally launched the guidelines and implementation framework for providing HIV prevention drug, pre-exposure prophylaxis commonly called PrEP. PrEP is a combination of two antiretroviral (ARV) drugs given to HIV negative people to prevent them from contracting HIV.

    August 16, 2018
    Zambia News Today
  • The HIV crisis in eastern Europe and central Asia – which gathered pace in the two decades following the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 – has now reached epidemic proportions. It prompted anti-AIDS campaigners and activists to issue a stark warning at last month’s global AIDS conference in Amsterdam that the region’s HIV crisis risks “exploding”.

    August 16, 2018
    General
    Telegraph
  • People with HIV are twice as likely to develop heart disease than those without the AIDS-causing virus, British researchers report.

    August 16, 2018
    General
    Health 24
  • An international phase 3 trial evaluating a once-a-month, long-acting, injectable 2-drug regimen (2DR) of cabotegravir and rilpivirine for the treatment of HIV has met its primary endpoint, showing similar efficacy to the standard of care, an oral 3-drug regimen to be taken daily.

    August 16, 2018
    Contagion Live
  • The University of Maryland, United States, US Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) have launched a data centre for monitoring and tracking of HIV/AIDS programmes and activities in Nigeria. The data centre code named ECHO Project is geared towards tracking policies on prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS related programmes across Nigeria.

    August 16, 2018
    General
    This Day Live
  • This first of its kind at-home-test for HIV prevention drug will help patients experience the test at the doorstep. Also, it will reduce the waiting time that patients face in accessing PrEP.

    August 16, 2018
    The Health Site
  • Over-the-counter drugs sometimes have hidden secrets. Recent evidence suggests that common low-dose aspirin may hold the answer to helping to prevent the transmission of HIV in women.

    August 16, 2018
    General
    HIV Plus Mag
  • When Andrew Farnum used to speak about work with his wife, a program officer focused on global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he would ask himself how he might use his background in finance to have an impact on global health issues.

    August 16, 2018
    General
    Devex
  • Approximately two-thirds of prevalent HIV infections among people with chronic HCV involved MSM, and the majority of these people were diagnosed with HIV at least six months before their HCV infection was detected.

    August 15, 2018
    General
    aidsmap
  • So-called HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly protective against HIV, and patients taking this daily pill also tend to get tested and treated more often for hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), researchers note in the American Journal of Public Health.

    August 15, 2018
    NBC News
  • More than 300,000 young people aged between 0-24 years are living with HIV/Aids in Kenya, the National Aids Control Council has said. From this figure, 184,718 are aged between 10-24 and 100,000 are children between 0-14 years.

    August 15, 2018
    General
    The Star
  • Nearly 400 people have been taking part in a three-year trial of the drugs in Wales since last summer. Cardiff University will now examine how people have been taking the medicine - and if that affects the protection.

    August 15, 2018
    BBC
  • In an effort to strengthen its fight against HIV/AIDS in Belize, the National AIDS Commission in collaboration with the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children held a sensitization session at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. Key speakers from Gilead Sciences made presentations to stakeholders about the implementation of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis.

    August 15, 2018
    Channel 5 Belize
  • According to the results of Namibia’s first ever population-based HIV survey, known as NamPHIA, the country exceeded many of the 90-90-90 targets set by UNAIDS in 2014. The targets call for countries to get 90 percent of people living with HIV diagnosed; 90 percent of those diagnosed accessing treatment; and 90 percent of people on treatment to have suppressed viral loads by 2020.

    August 14, 2018
    Devex
  • The world is making headway against HIV. Yet, tens of millions of people still need HIV-related services. And for the world's HIV epidemics to be controlled, effective community-based prevention programs reaching adolescents and young people, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, need to be developed, funded, and scaled up.

    August 14, 2018
    General
    The BodyPro
  • Our status quo involves an exorbitant price, filtered through our byzantine health care system and cosmetically patched up with Gilead’s patient and copay assistance programs (which it runs solely to buttress Truvada’s obscene price). It’s a system that works fairly well for those who seek out PrEP and have the agency to navigate a web of health care options that bring their out-of-pocket cost down to zero.

    August 13, 2018
    POZ
  • It was 20 years ago today, Aug. 13, 1998, when the Bay Area Reporter ran its famous “No Obits” story. For the first time since 1981, the paper had no AIDS-related obituaries to run. The news made the front page, and now the original writer of that piece, Timothy Rodrigues, has returned to the Bay Area Reporter to reflect on his article and its significance.

    August 13, 2018
    General
    Hornet
  • The CDC is beginning to use molecular surveillance of HIV to identify transmission clusters, which has some privacy advocates concerned.

    August 13, 2018
    General
    POZ
  • The increasingly refined science guiding the current understanding of HIV transmission risk in various contexts ought to inform HIV criminalization statutes, according to a consensus statement released at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam (AIDS 2018), Medscape reports.

    August 13, 2018
    General
    POZ
  • The number of new cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) totaled 1,191 in South Korea in 2017. Approximately 1 out of 3 infected individuals were in their 20s.

    August 11, 2018
    General
    Korea Bizwire
  • Reducing the transmission of HIV is critical to preventing epidemics, but for investigators and health care providers it can be difficult to determine if the interventions being utilized to reduce transmission are effective.

    August 10, 2018
    General
    Contagion Live
  • Almost a year after South Africa tasked provinces with developing HIV and TB plans, only the Free State has a finalised strategy.

    August 8, 2018
    Bhekisisa

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