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21 JUNE 2019 VOLUME 20 ISSUE 24

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  • In a study out this week, researchers in New York City detail how getting heterosexual black men in Brooklyn barber shops to attend a safe-sex focused educational session helped curbed risky sexual behavior by many of those men in the months that followed.

    June 21, 2019
    General
    US News & World Report
  • A vaginal ring containing the antiretroviral drug dapivirine (DPV) could prevent up to 11 percent of new HIV infections among South African women at a high risk of infection, when compared to a scenario where this form of prevention is not available.

    June 21, 2019
    Avert
  • About 69,000 children born to HIV-positive mothers risk getting infected due to a shortage of some antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). The drugs are given as prophylaxis in syrup form to such newborns to prevent them from contracting the virus. They also reduce the amount of virus in the body.

    June 21, 2019
    Daily Nation
  • US Sen. Kamala Harris is introducing a bill to reduce the transmission of HIV by encouraging the use of PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, a drug that's more than 92 percent effective in preventing new infections. If it becomes law, PrEP would be free to most patients.

    June 20, 2019
    CNN
  • Public mistrust of vaccines means the world is taking a step backwards in the fight against deadly yet preventable infectious diseases, warn experts.

    June 19, 2019
    General
    BBC
  • Kenyan scientists’ excellent work in the global fight against HIV goes a notch higher with the planned start of the trial of a new vaccine that stops the vaccine from infecting cells. This is the culmination of the pivotal work being done by a group of researchers led by Prof Omu Anzala, the director of the Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative, which is the site of the planned clinical trial.

    June 17, 2019
    Daily Nation
  • While the task force’s recommendation is expected to improve insurance coverage of PrEP, doctors and HIV-prevention advocates caution that it may not make a difference for patients without insurance or with inadequate insurance, potentially deepening health disparities that already exist.

    June 17, 2019
    Rewire.News
  • Nurse practitioners are more likely to conduct HIV screenings if they feel that their colleagues support routine screenings, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. This comes in advance of National HIV Testing Day, taking place June 27.

    June 17, 2019
    General
    Science Magazine
  • This week, the UN commended our country’s leadership for being on course to meet the “90-90-90 targets” by 2020. This means diagnosing 90 per cent of all HIV-positive persons, delivering treatment to 90 percent of those diagnosed, and suppressing the virus in 90 percent of people receiving anti-AIDS medication. This is some achievement.

    June 16, 2019
    General
    Standard Digital
  • The National Aids Council (NAC) has targeted sex workers and artisanal miners in the gold-rich Shurugwi district in order to prevent new HIV infections and tame sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Shurugwi has one of the country’s highest HIV prevalence rate which is pegged at 17 percent at a time when the national average stands at 13 percent. On the other hand, about 300 cases of STIs are recorded every month.

    June 16, 2019
    General
    The Standard
  • The 9th SA AIDS Conference in Durban ended on Friday with the eThekwini Declaration: "A Radical Call to Action - Reinvigorating and Revolutionising the HIV Response".

    June 14, 2019
    General
    Times Live
  • A programme for preventing HIV infection through the administration of pre-emptive anti-retroviral drugs is to be introduced later this year. The PrEP HIV prevention programme is being implemented by the Government following advice from the State’s health watchdog that it would be safe and cost-effective.

    June 14, 2019
    Irish Times

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