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21 DECEMBER 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 51

Media Coverage

  • Awareness and use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States increased significantly between 2014 and 2017, according to research published in 1 November edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The study also showed that PrEP was reaching individuals with high levels of sexual risk, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and substance use, the very individuals most in need of this highly effective form of HIV prevention.

    December 20, 2018
    aidsmap
  • HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines are updated at various intervals to reflect the recommendations directed at clinical providers serving persons living with HIV. These federal guidelines, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are available on AIDSinfo. Each set of guidelines is vetted by committees of subject matter experts. The experts also consult previous HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines and HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, along with evaluating current input from providers, researchers, and people living with HIV.

    December 20, 2018
    General
    The BodyPro
  • We often think of the HIV epidemic as something that’s happening in places such as third-world African countries. And although it’s true that HIV is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa, Americans cannot afford to be blind to the fact that the disease continues to be a scourge affecting people right here on the homefront. In fact, one hotbed of HIV is the cosmopolitan city of Atlanta.

    December 20, 2018
    General
    Contagion Live
  • In the three years following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a daily oral antiretroviral medicine to prevent HIV infection, records show that 885 South Carolina residents older than 13 were diagnosed with HIV. About two-thirds of them had visited health care facilities before their diagnoses — for a combined total of more than 4,000 visits.

    December 19, 2018
    Science Speaks
  • Scores of gay and bisexual men in England face being turned away from getting HIV prevention pill PrEP, politicians have warned.

    December 19, 2018
    Daily Mail
  • Women (and young girls) who work in social places need to be treated as a priority group in the prevention of HIV transmission, and thus, Government and other stakeholders have been urged to focus on them while implementing prevention strategies.

    December 19, 2018
    General
    New Vision
  • An experimental HIV vaccine prompted an antibody-based response in monkeys that protected the animals against SHIV, an HIV-like virus engineered for scientific research in nonhuman primates.

    December 19, 2018
    Antibody Related Research, HIV Vaccine
    POZ
  • A mathematical model has shown that just under half of countries in sub-Saharan Africa are likely to reach UNAIDS’ ambitious 90-90-90 target and ultimately 73 percent of all people living with HIV in this region are predicted to be virally suppressed by 2020, researchers report in the November issue of Tropical Medicine and International Health.

    December 19, 2018
    General
    aidsmap
  • Testing positive for HIV was difficult enough. Getting forced out of the military by the Air Force because of the diagnosis proved even harder.

    December 19, 2018
    General
    Washington Post
  • Even though we’re now some four decades into the HIV epidemic, researchers still don’t seem to appreciate some pretty basic elements when it comes to how cisgender women contract HIV. In particular, the mechanisms behind HIV acquisition via male-to-female sex are poorly understood. Thankfully, new findings may help unravel how HIV impacts women both at the moment of contraction and long after transmission occurs.

    December 19, 2018
    HIV Plus Mag
  • Despite significant strides by governments in making HIV/AIDS treatment a human right in Africa, both infected people and the general public are not yet aware of the rights of people living with the virus.

    December 18, 2018
    The New Times
  • Fewer black women are being diagnosed with HIV, but new research finds the gains are not equally distributed among all black women.

    December 18, 2018
    General
    MD Magazine
  • It's the beginning of the end. Not in some apocalyptic way, but rather in how we think about the prevention and management of HIV.

    December 18, 2018
    General
    The BodyPro
  • Providing an antiretroviral regimen of dolutegravir, tenofovir and lamivudine to all adults living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, regardless of viral suppression or plans to have children, would prevent more ill health than policies which restricted use of the regimen in women of childbearing potential or people with suppressed viral load, a modelling study published in Lancet HIV shows. Moreover, it would be cost saving.

    December 17, 2018
    aidsmap
  • It is crucial for Malaysia to invest in a policy that will provide support for those who are infected with HIV, said Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

    December 17, 2018
    General
    Malaysia Kini
  • Fathers who talk with their teenage sons about condom use can help prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies, researchers say.

    December 17, 2018
    US News & World Report
  • Compared to other parts of the world, the MENA region has a low prevalence of HIV/AIDS. However, new HIV infections and deaths from AIDS-related illness are on the rise. Over the past two decades, new HIV infections have increased by more than a quarter in the region, according to UNAIDS.

    December 17, 2018
    General
    Al Jazeera
  • Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs Monica Mavhunga has called on citizens to embrace government efforts in suppressing the worsening of the HIV and AIDS epidemic by initiating the “test and treat” strategy.

    December 16, 2018
    The Standard
  • This has been a busy year for research and drug development in the HIV space. Broadly, there were new drug approvals and advances in treatment throughout 2018, as well as many studies about comorbid conditions that people with HIV might face.

    December 14, 2018
    General
    MD Magazine
  • It’s 2018--Uganda just commemorated World AIDS Day in Manafwa. 950 new infections are happening every week in Uganda, and the majority of those are among young women age 15-24.

    December 14, 2018
    General
    New Vision
  • Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, the agency overseeing the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, will step down from his post in June 2019, the agency announced yesterday (13 December).

    December 14, 2018
    General
    SciDevNet
  • Researchers have apparently solved a major technical difficulty that has long impeded efforts to develop a highly effective HIV vaccine, finding that their strategy led to a powerful antibody response in animals.

    November 29, 2018
    POZ

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    December 21, 2018