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20 DECEMBER 2019 VOLUME 20 ISSUE 49

Media Coverage

  • In the 2019 AVAC Report, we lay out three concrete actions needed in 2020 to get on the right track towards epidemic control.

    December 19, 2019
    General
    USAID
  • Not disclosing HIV status to a sexual partner can land you in prison in Ohio and other states, even if they don't contract the disease. A move is underway to embrace medical science and change that.

    December 18, 2019
    General
    NPR
  • A multisite prospective cohort study of more than 1,500 pregnant women with HIV showed that antiretroviral, or ARV, prescribing practices among this population do not align well with national guidelines, with less than 50 percent of pregnancies associated with appropriate ARV prescriptions.

    December 18, 2019
    Healio
  • Amid the ongoing impeachment hearings against Donald Trump, congress unveiled a spending package this week that mostly meets the $300 million request laid out in the government’s plan to end HIV by 2030.

    December 18, 2019
    General
    HIV Plus Mag
  • A systematic review published last month in PLoS ONE provides strong evidence that most women using the vaginal ring found it to be highly acceptable and easy to use, although a few women had some concerns. With increased use, women became more comfortable and satisfied with the ring, and also recommended it to others. Women had a preference for female-initiated long-acting multipurpose prevention technologies that meet more than one of their sexual and reproductive health needs, have few side-effects and can be used without the knowledge of their partner.

    December 18, 2019
    aidsmap
  • A mobile application 'PrEP Uganda' can now be downloaded from the Google play store for those who might need to get Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a course of HIV drugs taken by HIV-negative people to prevent infection.

    December 17, 2019
    All Africa
  • A study assessing the opinions of people living with HIV and their healthcare providers about analytic treatment interruptions (ATIs) has found that patients had limited understanding of how ATIs are usually conducted in HIV cure studies.

    December 17, 2019
    aidsmap
  • Fishing communities on Lake Victoria are brimming with energy and ambition. This much seems evident from the bustle around boats and sheds lining the shore. But along with this dynamism comes many health challenges and risks, including lack of clean water and basic health care services, poor sanitation, high rates of drowning and high rates of HIV/AIDS infection.

    December 17, 2019
    General
    Standard Digital
  • As the National Institutes of Health (NIH) prepares to ramp up national efforts to tackle the HIV epidemic and lower the stubbornly stagnant transmission rate, Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is calling for refined focus on the needs of the more than 1 million US residents living with the virus.

    December 17, 2019
    POZ
  • Inad never planned on being an AIDS advocate. He was set to become a lawyer, enrolling in law school in Mindanao, an island in southern Philippines. But in 2011, in the middle of his studies, he received the news that changed that trajectory. Inad found out he was HIV positive.

    December 16, 2019
    General
    US News & World Report
  • Nearly 40 years after HIV was discovered, scientists are cautiously optimistic they are on the brink of a vaccine effective enough to roll out on a wide scale. Results from advanced vaccine trials are expected in the coming years.

    December 16, 2019
    Devex
  • Every year, the New York State Department of Health hosts an Ending the Epidemic Summit, and this year on Dec. 3 and 4, New York stakeholders in HIV prevention and care gathered in Albany to share best practices, learn from one another, and continue their encouragement toward the goals of the New York governor’s plan to end AIDS.

    December 16, 2019
    The BodyPro
  • The on-demand pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) dosing protocol, also known as 2-1-1 PrEP, is highly protective against HIV acquisition among men who have sex with men (MSM) even when they have sex less frequently, according to a follow-up analysis of a key study.

    December 13, 2019
    POZ
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, 42 percent of adolescent girls and young women living in urban areas and more than 50 percent of those living in rural areas had a pregnancy before the age of 18. Adolescent girls also comprise the majority of new HIV infections in this region. Four of every 5 new HIV infections among people ages 15-19 occur among girls.

    December 13, 2019
    General
    Devex

Published Research

Announcements

  • There will be no issue for the next two weeks. The NewsDigest will return on January 10, 2020. Our best wishes for happy holidays and a peaceful new year, and our thanks for reading!

    December 20, 2019
    General
    AVAC