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2 FEBRUARY 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 5

Media Coverage

  • Inspired by the mobile game Pokemon Go, campaigners in the Philippines are using a smartphone app to send users to locations with condom dispensers in a bid to promote safe sex and break stigma to fight a worsening HIV epidemic.

    February 2, 2018
    Reuters
  • Gilead Sciences is coming under fire from HIV/AIDS activist groups for a recent change to its patient assistance program (PAP)…. Gilead's PAP has imposed a once-per-lifetime limit on access to Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) as part of non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP).

    February 1, 2018
    General
    The Body
  • International health campaigners and alcohol concern groups called on a major global HIV and malaria fund on Thursday to end immediately a partnership it had signed with the Dutch brewer Heineken….Under the deal Heineken - the world’s second-largest brewer - would lend expertise in logistics and communications to help the Global Fund reach specific demographic groups most at risk of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

    February 1, 2018
    General
    Reuters
  • Brenda Fitzgerald stepped down as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday morning following a Politico report on the conflicts of interest created by her financial holdings.

    January 31, 2018
    General
    Talking Points Memo
  • Kenya is set to be the first African country to introduce better HIV treatment for people living with the disease that causes AIDS. In partnership with the Kenyan government, UNITAID and the World Health Organization have introduced a generic first-line drug for people living with HIV.

    January 31, 2018
    Irwanda24
  • Scientists have shown a relationship between the proportion of key immune cells that display high levels of a gut-homing protein called alpha-4 beta-7 at the time of HIV infection and health outcomes….The new study found that women who had more CD4+ T cells displaying high levels of alpha-4 beta-7 on their surface were more likely to become infected with HIV, and the virus damaged their immune systems more rapidly than women with fewer such cells.

    January 31, 2018
    General
    Drug Target Review
  • Vietnam saw decreases in the number of new HIV infections, people living with AIDS and AIDS-related fatalities for the tenth consecutive year in 2017, according to the Ministry of Health….Vietnam intensified efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS last year, paving the way for the expansion and improved quality of HIV/AIDS treatment.

    January 30, 2018
    General
    Vietnam Plus
  • Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO)'s youth development officer Ivan Mueze recently conducted a week-long information-sharing workshop at the Lüderitz Correctional Facility, for offenders, in an effort to prevent and reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in prison.

    January 30, 2018
    General
    New Era
  • According to a recent study led by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), young men who have sex with men (MSM) are less likely to receive school-based HIV education than young men who have sex with women, leading to a higher risk of HIV infection.

    January 30, 2018
    General
    MDMag
  • Illinois could see fewer than 100 new HIV cases each year by 2027 thanks to increased investments in treatment and viral suppression, as reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

    January 30, 2018
    Daily Illini
  • Many Americans think the internal condom is totally gross. But sexual health advocates are convinced that new FDA regulations could help them go mainstream.

    January 30, 2018
    VICE
  • Publix, a large supermarket chain in the southeastern US, has reportedly refused to cover HIV prevention medication through its employee insurance plans.

    January 30, 2018
    The Advocate
  • As governments across the nation focus on the opioid epidemic and the prevention of overdoses, the leading infectious disease organizations issued statements urging Congress to provide $100 million for the CDC’s Viral Hepatitis programs to prevent further outbreaks of hepatitis and HIV due to injection drug use.

    January 29, 2018
    General
    Healio
  • Recent studies testing multivalent combinations of three broadly neutralizing antibodies, or bnAbs, have yielded promising results in animal models of HIV prevention. Investigators now describe the potential of bnAbs to inform HIV prevention, treatment and cure strategies.

    January 18, 2018
    Antibody Related Research, Cure, Treatment
    Science Daily

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