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18 JANUARY 2019 VOLUME 20 ISSUE 2

Media Coverage

  • In Nigeria today, there are over 3.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS and it is reported that the most populous country in Africa also has the second largest HIV epidemic in the world. Alongside South Africa and Uganda, Nigeria accounts for approximately half of all new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa annually, despite achieving a 5% reduction in new infections between 2010 and 2017.

    January 18, 2019
    General
    The Guardian Nigeria
  • HIV self-testing can increase knowledge of HIV status among men – particularly those older, and hard to reach – and should be considered as part of a comprehensive package in high prevalence settings.

    January 18, 2019
    General
    Avert
  • An individual patient data analysis of almost 25,000 pregnancies in women living with HIV has found that the rate of birth defects following exposure to efavirenz was not statistically different, and may even to be lower than in infants exposed to other antiretrovirals.

    January 17, 2019
    aidsmap
  • Madison Waldron has an app on her phone that, on the surface, looks and acts a lot like a fitness tracker. But then there are the survey questions it pushes out to her: "Questions in regards to what I do for a living, education and things like that," she says as she thumbs through her phone, showing her scheduled doctor visits. "And I get questions as far as my sexual history and my practices."

    January 17, 2019
    General
    WUSF
  • Transgender women can now feel confident taking PrEP without fear that it might impact their hormone levels. That’s the news that came out of the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam this past summer, as a recent study proves the pre-exposure prophylaxis HIV-prevention strategy does not impact feminizing hormone levels in trans women.

    January 17, 2019
    Advocate
  • There are more than a million people living with HIV in the United States today. The fact that we have so many people living and thriving with HIV — as opposed to the million who die globally each year — is a testament to the biomedical and policy advances made over the past four decades.

    January 17, 2019
    The Hill
  • The newly signed Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act of 2018 (Republic Act No. 11166) is a welcome piece of legislation. Although the absolute number of documented cases of HIV in the country (61,152 as of late 2018) is still relatively low, the rate of increase (a staggering 140 percent over the past six to eight years) is alarming — more so because the registered cases are very likely just the tip of the iceberg. Clearly, the current situation calls for updating the 20-year-old RA 8504.

    January 17, 2019
    General
    Inquirer
  • Arch-Bishop Moses Okech told The Standard that past researches have shown that the activity has had a massive impact on members of the church. “Circumcision helps in reducing cases of HIV. Other churches have been silently doing it and we believe it is a good initiative,” said Okech.

    January 17, 2019
    Standard Digital
  • Researchers borrow from behavioural economics to understand what women in sub-Saharan Africa really want from a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) product.

    January 16, 2019
    Avert
  • UNAIDS, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries in western and central Africa on Wednesday to do more to stop new HIV infections among children and adolescents, and increase HIV testing and treatment coverage.

    January 16, 2019
    General
    Xinhua
  • Catholic Relief Services received approval in early December from the US Agency for International Development for an ongoing program in Malawi and submitted the necessary documents, but was then told by USAID it could not disburse the funds because of the partial US government shutdown. CRS had to use its own money — hundreds of thousands of dollars — to keep the program going as it waits for the government to reopen.

    January 16, 2019
    General
    Devex
  • When I made the transition from my first career at Microsoft to my second career in philanthropy, I didn’t think that my success rate would change much. I was now putting money into new ways to reduce poverty and disease. Discovering a new vaccine, I figured, would be just as hard as discovering the next tech unicorn. (Vaccines are much harder, it turns out.)

    January 16, 2019
    General
    Wall Street Journal
  • PrEP can be a valuable tool for women of all experiences who either can’t or don’t want to negotiate condom use with their partners. In July of 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada, a daily pill, for PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, for HIV prevention among adults who are at high risk of getting the infection. Earlier this year, the FDA approved Truvada for PrEP for adolescents. People aged 13 to 24 accounted for 21 percent of new infections in 2016 and the majority of those infections were among black and Hispanic youth.

    January 14, 2019
    Jezebel
  • While the threat of Ebola virus spread in Democratic Republic of Congo remains under close monitoring, the wider fight against HIV infection, tuberculosis and malaria continues across sub-Saharan Africa.

    January 13, 2019
    General
    Africa Times
  • Indonesia’s health ministry has sought to reassure HIV patients that sufficient antiretroviral (ARV) drugs will be available for their treatment after some hospitals had run out of supplies.

    January 13, 2019
    Reuters

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