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17 November 2017 VOLUME 18 ISSUE 46

Media Coverage

  • The Department of Public Health has launched an ambitious campaign called Getting to Zero: zero HIV transmissions, zero deaths from HIV-related illnesses and zero HIV stigma in San Francisco by 2020. Sandy Close, the director of New America Media who moderated a panel on how to close the information gap on PrEP in underserved communities, called it a “break the silence issue,” referring to the stigma and misconceptions about PrEP and HIV.

    November 16, 2017
    San Francisco Examiner
  • There has been a significant improvement in the elimination and treatment of HIV in the UK, with the mortality rate of those diagnosed now ‘comparable to the rest of the population’, according to a new Public Health England (PHE) report.

    November 16, 2017
    Independent Nurse
  • A cure for HIV would almost inevitably have to involve a vaccine to improve the body’s natural ability to control HIV, a seminar on European HIV cure research heard recently.

    November 16, 2017
    aidsmap
  • The new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says he is committed to ensuring the group is as transparent as possible about how its billions of dollars are spent to fight the three killer diseases.

    November 15, 2017
    General
    AP
  • One year after taking a HIV test live on Facebook, Prince Harry is continuing the fight against the virus by handing out self test kits to people in London.

    November 15, 2017
    General
    Huffington Post UK
  • Given the slipperiness of time, it is not surprising that 2017 played out like a sequel to 2016….these are the "you-want-a-piece-of-this?" challenges that should motivate us to take action and make things happen. That's what we do in medicine, take action and make things happen, and for those of us who care for people touched by the HIV epidemic, it is our obligation.

    November 15, 2017
    General
    BodyPro
  • Renny Mbori knew the plan she had in mind was the epitome of desperation…. Renny was going to reveal three secrets to the love of her life — one; that she had been a cocaine addict when they married; two, that she was HIV-positive and had hidden that crucial bit of information for 10 years; and, three, that she had been deliberately creating trouble in her marriage so as to deny her husband his conjugal rights, and therefore somehow protect him from the virus.

    November 14, 2017
    General
    Daily Nation
  • Peter Sands was announced as the new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Tuesday. The news follows a chaotic few days during which Sands withdrew from the leadership race “for personal reasons,” the Global Fund’s communications director Seth Faison told Devex, and then unexpectedly re-entered the race on Monday.

    November 14, 2017
    General
    Devex
  • If the funding goes ahead PrEP will be available in pharmacies to those with a valid prescription from their doctor. NZAF estimated that PrEP would be available for NZD$5 (US$3.40) per 90 pills, which is three month’s supply.

    November 14, 2017
    Gay Star News
  • The eighth annual POZ 100 list is dedicated this year to celebrating women. In the United States, women represent about a quarter of people living with HIV. Clearly, the idea that HIV affects only men who have sex with men is a myth. That said, because of this long-standing myth, women are often ignored or dismissed as an afterthought in the larger discussions surrounding HIV/AIDS.

    November 13, 2017
    General
    POZ
  • People with HIV taking antiretroviral treatment who had undetectable viral load did not suffer any loss of cognitive function or brain volume during a two-year period when compared with their HIV-negative peers, but did have lower cognitive function and brain volume at the start of the study, suggesting that changes occur before effective treatment starts, according to the findings of a study published this week in the journal JAMA Neurology.

    November 13, 2017
    aidsmap
  • Rohingya refugee Senoara Khatun knew nothing about HIV/AIDS until doctors found the immunodeficiency virus in her bloodstream, days after the expectant mother and her husband escaped to Bangladesh last month….” We estimate that at least 5,000 Rohingya, who have arrived in Bangladesh since Aug. 25, are HIV-positive.”

    November 13, 2017
    General
    Radio Free Asia
  • Many of the major dating networks don’t want to be involved in STD prevention, nor have they acknowledged the impact they’re having on public health.“They are hesitant to support sexual health,” said Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine and STD researcher at UCLA. “They realize that their sites could be stigmatized for being associated with STDs. They do as little as possible.”

    November 13, 2017
    General
    Vox
  • In a recent five-year period, Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) saw no new HIV infections among its 5,104 patients who spent an average of one year taking Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Meanwhile, leaders at the health care provider want to broaden the definition of “PrEP failure” to include those who test positive during PrEP screening, who consider but don’t start taking it, or who stop taking it.

    November 13, 2017
    POZ
  • For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill — a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors whether, and when, patients take their medicine.

    November 13, 2017
    General
    New York Times
  • The attempt to reduce pill burden, cost and other risks associated with antiretrovirals (ARVs) by treating HIV with only Tivicay rather than a combination ARV regimen turns out to be ill advised, Healio reports.

    November 10, 2017
    POZ
  • There are different ways to define the end of an HIV epidemic; all of them involve drastic declines in new infections in key populations. Here are a few terms you might need to know in order to understand common objectives and targets for EtE plans...

    November 1, 2017
    TAG

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