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21 April 2017: Volume 18, Issue 16

Media Coverage

  • In a recent interview with STAT, [Bill Gates] talked about how he made the case for global health — and vaccines — to Trump. Though the meeting took place several weeks ago, Gates didn’t speak publicly about the most recent meeting after it took place. “Absolutely!” Gates answered emphatically, when asked if he raised the topic of vaccines with the new president. Vaccines “are miracles and have done great things, and when we get new ones, we can do a lot. That definitely came up.”

    April 20, 2017
    STAT
  • Beginning April 25, Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations in select markets will offer testing services for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, Hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea and other conditions. The services will be offered in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tucson, Washington DC and Wichita.

    April 19, 2017
    General
    EPR Retail News
  • HIV infection had no discernible effect on bone mineral status in black South African women over the course of 1 year, study data showed. Researchers noted, however, that clinicians should be aware of potential bone loss linked with ART, [writing}:... “This study suggests that, in urban, black South African women, HIV infection per se has no discernible effects on bone mineral status over a 12-month period but that exposure to TDF-based ART is associated with loss of bone mineral and an increase in bone turnover."

    April 19, 2017
    General
    Healio
  • Shuga isn't the average teen drama. It's also a public health intervention. Folded into each soapy, 30-minute episode are messages about how and how often to get tested for HIV, as well as scenes that dispel common misconceptions about the disease... Commercially, it's doing pretty well:...the show has reached 719 million people worldwide...and there are signs that the health messaging is sinking in as well.

    April 18, 2017
    General
    NPR
  • Rolling back US support for family planning in developing countries is dangerous for two main reasons. First, contraception saves lives by limiting the number of pregnancies... Second, past US funding for family planning... helped form the backbone of many countries’ early HIV-prevention efforts and created organizations that remain central to the response to HIV.

    April 17, 2017
    General
    The Conversation
  • The March for Science on April 22...has required many people...to grapple with the proper role of science in our civic life. The discussion was evident in thousands of responses submitted to NYTimes.com ahead of the march... Here is a summary of some themes that emerged in the responses and in follow-up interviews.

    April 17, 2017
    General
    New York Times
  • Brandon Gufford, PharmD, PhD, received an $85,000 Campbell Foundation grant to study a strategy to boost the effectiveness and lower the cost of Truvada as on-demand PrEP... Gufford, a researcher at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and his team will collaborate with scientists at the University of Colorado in a study that combines Truvada with Probenecid (PRO), an oral drug that could increase the length of time Truvada is active in the body.

    April 17, 2017
    POZ
  • Dr. Susan Cu-Uvin is the principal investigator for this study looking at a strip of film. What's in this small strip are antibodies. The strip is inserted vaginally... The Miriam Hospital is recruiting 30 women in Southern New England to take part... The animal studies that led up to this investigation, Dr. Cu-Uvin says, showed this plant-based antibody to be protective against the virus for up to 24 hours after insertion.

    April 17, 2017
    Antibody Related Research
    NBC 10 News
  • Current estimates place consistent condom usage among gay men at less than 17 percent, and PrEP use at 12 percent, despite approximately 40,000 new US infections per year. San Francisco Filmmaker Chris Tipton-King seeks to address this with a campaign launching May 16 aimed squarely at the condom-averse crowd.

    April 17, 2017
    Times Union
  • The proportion of newly diagnosed HIV-positive men who have sex with men in the United States who were promptly linked to care and started ART increased substantially between 2008 and 2014, investigators report in the online edition of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. But the research also revealed racial disparities in ART initiation rates, which in 2014 were 9 percent lower among black compared to white MSM.

    April 17, 2017
    aidsmap
  • Of the eight most widely used HIV Rapid Diagnostic Tests, seven of which are pre-qualified by the WHO, only one met the recommended threshold in a recent evaluation. Blood samples were collected from HIV clinics in Kenya, Guinea, Uganda, Cameroon, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and tested with the eight kits at a WHO collaborating laboratory in Antwerp, Belgium.

    April 17, 2017
    General
    Standard Media
  • Las Vegas has set up a vending machine to dispense clean needles to IV drug users — the first program of its kind in the country. It’s designed to reduce the spread of dangerous infectious diseases like AIDS and hepatitis C through shared needles by making clean needles more accessible. The machine was the product of a collaboration between a handful of AIDS research and public health organizations.

    April 17, 2017
    General
    STAT
  • At a time when the future of the program is in doubt due to possibly severe budget cuts to the US State Department (where PEPFAR is based) proposed by the new administration, we thought it would be an opportune moment to highlight some of the key studies we have published exploring PEPFAR’s role in fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic... In summary, there are many reasons for the US government to continue to fund the PEPFAR program.

    April 17, 2017
    General
    Health Affairs
  • This week, a study finds that for individuals living with HIV, experiencing symptoms of depression does not increase mortality risk. Another study finds that common sexual practices among pregnant women and new mothers in Kenya may decrease the effectiveness of some HIV prevention methods. And PrEP is a good option for HIV prevention among individuals who use injection drugs.

    April 17, 2017
    General
    The Body Pro
  • Homeless veterans in the United States have a significantly higher prevalence of infection with HIV, hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus compared to non-homeless veterans, investigators report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Prevalence of these viral infections was up to three times higher among homeless veterans compared to non-homeless veterans.

    April 13, 2017
    General
    aidsmap
  • Results of the study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, a medicine recommended during antenatal care visit for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnant women in malaria-endemic areas, could cut the risk of getting STIs such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis.

    April 12, 2017
    General
    SciDev.Net

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