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20 JULY 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 29

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  • Many governments in Africa had been transitioning towards dolutegravir-based regimens, which have been shown to be better than other regimens, to treat their HIV-positive populations, but some countries are now slowing the roll-out of the programmes, as they await the results a the study from Botswana.

    July 21, 2018
    Lancet
  • India saw a major reduction in the number of new HIV infections, AIDS-related deaths and people living with HIV from 2010 to 2017 on the back of sustained and focused efforts, according to a UN report which warned that the epidemic was growing in Pakistan.

    July 20, 2018
    General
    Tribune India
  • The global effort to fight HIV and AIDS is in danger of backsliding due to “dangerous complacency” and an overemphasis on treatment at the expense of prevention, experts have warned.

    July 20, 2018
    General
    Devex
  • In the 26 years since the International AIDS Conference was last held here, the treatment and prevention of HIV has been "utterly transformed" for the better, according to the meeting's local chair, Peter Reiss, MD, PhD, of the University of Amsterdam.

    July 20, 2018
    General
    MedPage Today
  • Sub-Saharan Africa has made the most progress against HIV, cutting the rate of new infections by 30% in the past seven years in contrast to the global average of 18%

    July 19, 2018
    Health 24
  • A US soldier asked a federal judge to bar the Trump administration from firing HIV-positive service members from the military under a new “Deploy or Get Out!” policy intended to improve readiness.

    July 19, 2018
    General
    Bloomberg
  • The report finds that efforts to prevent the spread of HIV have stalled, in part, because international funding for AIDS has begun to decline. What's more, a key finding of the report is that "the HIV pandemic is not on track to end, and the prevailing discourse on ending AIDS has bred a dangerous complacency and may have hastened the weakening of global resolve to combat HIV."

    July 19, 2018
    General
    NPR
  • In an interview with NBC News, longtime HIV activist Peter Staley said the plan, aptly dubbed #BreakThePatent, is centered on pushing Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of Truvada, to either lower the drug’s price or allow a generic manufacturer to sell PrEP in the U.S.

    July 19, 2018
    NBC News
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a study released Thursday raised an alarm about black men in the South and HIV. They’re not being diagnosed enough in traditional health care sites, the study found, so health workers need to seek them out in new places for testing and care.

    July 19, 2018
    General
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • The tale of two global HIV responses continues to unfold this week, in data released by UNAIDS in the run-up to the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. One response….shows rates of preventable deaths, illnesses and new infections dropping sharply. The other response, stalled by stagnant funding and bound by restrictive laws and policies…. sees unrealized possibilities in static, and even increased rates of new infections, illness and deaths.

    July 18, 2018
    General
    Science Speaks
  • The head of UNAIDS, who has been under pressure to resign over his handling of sexual harassment allegations within the agency, has told the Guardian he will not quit, saying that the HIV epidemic is at a crisis point and there is more work to do.

    July 18, 2018
    General
    The Guardian
  • New research finds that consistent condom use can reduce the rate of HIV transmission by 91% (95% CI 69-101) per HIV-positive partner among men who have sex with men (MSM).

    July 18, 2018
    MD Magazine
  • When POZ blogger Shawn Decker posted his thoughts about the Kylie controversy, he earned a whole lot of likes—while educating about HIV.

    July 18, 2018
    General
    POZ
  • A new study has added weight to the overwhelming evidence that daily antiretroviral therapy (ART) stops the transmission of HIV between gay and bisexual men.

    July 18, 2018
    PinkNews
  • The medical officer of health with the Nova Scotia Health Authority says the province is experiencing a spike in reports of newly diagnosed HIV cases.

    July 18, 2018
    General
    The Star Herald
  • Kenya is among 18 nations worldwide that have cut HIV infections by between 25-50 per cent over the last seven years, a new UN report showed, signalling the success of safe-sex campaigns and improved use of antiretroviral therapy (ART), which helps to limit the risk of new infections by lowering viral loads.

    July 18, 2018
    Business Daily Africa
  • Men with same-sex sexual partners are 28 times more likely to contract HIV than their heterosexual counterparts despite a radical reduction in new infections among gay men in Western countries, a UN report said on Wednesday.

    July 18, 2018
    General
    Reuters
  • Almost three in five people infected with HIV, or 21.7 million globally, took antiretroviral therapy in 2017 -- a new record for anti-AIDS drug access, the UN's HIV/AIDS agency said Wednesday.

    July 18, 2018
    New Vision
  • People infected with HIV are twice as likely to suffer from heart disease, research has found. Analysis of global figures reveals that HIV-associated cardiovascular disease has more than tripled in the past 20 years as more people are living longer with the virus. The greatest impact is in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific regions, with Swaziland, Botswana and Lesotho particularly affected.

    July 18, 2018
    General
    Science Daily
  • "The approval of Symtuza…will provide patients with yet another one-tablet regimen with excellent potency, tolerability, and a high genetic barrier to resistance," Antonio Urbina, MD… told Medscape Medical News.

    July 18, 2018
    Medscape
  • New HIV infections in South Africa have fallen by 44% in the last five years, the country’s latest HIV household survey found. The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) released the study’s preliminary results on Tuesday in Pretoria.

    July 17, 2018
    General
    Bhekisisa
  • Looking back to that point in my life, there was definitely one thing that everyone seemed to have in common: a lack of knowing. A lack of knowing what was healthy; a feeling of deep, dark shame, bizarrely covered up with a big smile, and an outgoing, energetic personality; the lack of knowing how to properly look after ourselves. This shadow always followed me.

    July 17, 2018
    Metro
  • The patient's strain of HIV showed an M184V mutation, suggesting resistance to emtricitabine (FTC or Emtriva, one of the two medications in Truvada). His genotype also showed A98G and K103N mutations, which suggest resistance to efavirenz (Sustiva, Stocrin) or efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Atripla) and that class of NNRTIs.

    July 17, 2018
    The BodyPro
  • The Body contacted Caterpillar representatives on July 2 and that day received the first in a series of messages indicating that the company was working on a response. On July 11, less than 20 minutes before the submission deadline for this article, Caterpillar sent a statement announcing a change to its insurance policy.

    July 17, 2018
    The Body
  • On HIV Prevention Day, HIV activists around the world are highlighting that PrEP should be available to anyone at risk for HIV and not just those who can afford to pay for it.

    July 17, 2018
    GCN
  • The solution comes in a pill: Taken daily, Truvada, the brand name for a type of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is up to 99 percent effective at preventing H.I.V. infection. Used as directed, it’s one of the most effective methods of preventing a viral infection ever discovered, as good as the polio vaccine, the miracle of modern medicine.

    July 16, 2018
    New York Times
  • In recent years, social media campaigns aiming to showcase women working at the forefront of global health have resulted in lists like 300 Women Leaders in Global Health. This movement inspired a global organisation called Women in Global Health (WGH) that promotes gender equality in global health leadership.

    July 14, 2018
    Lancet
  • For many people working in HIV care and research, the summer provides one of the annual highlights with the International AIDS Society (IAS) meeting: in odd-numbered years it is the smaller science meeting, but in even-numbered years, such as 2018, it is the big one.

    July 1, 2018
    General
    Lancet HIV

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