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21 SEPTEMBER 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 38

Media Coverage

  • On this day 32 years ago Tony Farrugia’s father died an agonising death from AIDS….Yet decades later the contaminated blood scandal – “the worst disaster in the history of the NHS” – remains relatively unknown outside the thousands of lives torn apart by it.

    September 21, 2018
    General
    Huffington Post
  • A pair of new studies is shedding light on a rare, but scientifically important, group of people with HIV who are able to maintain viral control even after stopping antiretroviral therapy. Clues about this ability may help improve antiretroviral therapy, which currently most patients with HIV must receive for life.

    September 21, 2018
    MD Magazine
  • Providing HIV self-testing kits to pregnant women to encourage HIV testing in their male partners is acceptable to men and women in Uganda, but women who are apprehensive about their partners’ reactions may need more support, according to findings from a qualitative study of participants in a randomised trial of the strategy published in the journal Global Health Action.

    September 21, 2018
    General
    aidsmap
  • HIV-specific ex-vivo expanded T cell (HXTC) therapy appears to be safe and well tolerated in people with HIV taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) who are virally suppressed, according to a new study published online September 21 in the journal Molecular Therapy.

    September 21, 2018
    Contagion Live
  • A U.K. court ruled against a patent extension filed by Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of the highly effective HIV prevention drug Truvada, which will open the U.K. market to a generic version of the pill.

    September 21, 2018
    NBC News
  • Scientists hoping to cure HIV have proven that an immunotherapy drug is safe to use in humans. The phase 1 trial is an early but significant milestone for the team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which won a $20 million grant to make their ideas a reality.

    September 21, 2018
    Daily Mail
  • Determined to tackle the rising incidence of HIV/AIDS among the younger population in Africa, the UNAIDS and StarTimes are pulling resources together to increase awareness of the dreaded disease using mobile online video application.

    September 20, 2018
    General
    Independent
  • Young girls living with HIV and AIDS are finding it difficult to disclose their status to their partners for fear of breaking up their relationships, an AIDS activist has said.

    September 20, 2018
    General
    NewsDay
  • There is no magic cure for HIV. Yet ending transmission of the virus in Australia is now entirely possible. How can this be? In 2014, the Federal Government set a target of virtually eliminating new HIV cases by 2020. It was an ambitious target to be sure, as only two years earlier new HIV infection rates had hit their highest rate in 20 years.

    September 20, 2018
    RACGP
  • Many fear to be recognised by those known to them. It is even worse for adolescents who are more concerned about confidentiality and privacy, which are key barriers to HIV testing services. However, the HIV self-testing is slowly gaining ground in Zambia since it was first piloted by the Society for Family Health (SFH) in 2015.

    September 20, 2018
    General
    Zambia Daily Mail
  • A drug that cuts the chances of contracting HIV during sex should be made available on the NHS in England to anyone at risk, three MPs have told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme.

    September 20, 2018
    BBC
  • HIV diagnoses among younger men who have sex with men (MSM) increased in recent years compared with other age groups, researchers found.

    September 20, 2018
    General
    MedPage Today
  • With HIV infection cases in the East Bay rising over the past five years while those in SF have dropped, funding from a variety of sources still heavily favors one side of the bay over the other.

    September 20, 2018
    General
    San Francisco Business Times
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reallocating more than $260 million in funds this year to house the increased number of detained migrant children.

    September 20, 2018
    General
    The Hill
  • In a leaked letter, which has gone viral on social media, the permanent secretary for the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children has ordered the organisations-FHI and USAID Tulonge Afya to stop airing all content on family planning until it is revised by the government.

    September 20, 2018
    General
    The Citizen
  • Writer and food editor Tucker Shaw posted nearly two dozen tweets describing his experience losing friends and lovers to HIV. The thread was triggered by a conversation Shaw overheard on a train…Shaw described his own experiences…concluded by saying, "The long run. Wasn't that long ago."

    September 19, 2018
    General
    Advocate
  • The United States is infamous for its high cost of health care — and HIV medicines are a big part of that. Plenty of drugs carry outrageous prices: EpiPens, insulin, cancer treatments, even some antibiotics. But no class of medicines is more scandalously expensive than for HIV.

    September 18, 2018
    General
    New York Times
  • With the right investments in health and education, these young people will lead a new wave of economic progress in sub-Saharan Africa that matches what we have witnessed in China starting in the 1990s and India in the 2000s. The promise of progress is incredible, but it won’t happen if this generation is ravaged by HIV.

    September 18, 2018
    General
    STAT News
  • Gay men in London who source their own supply of generic pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs, usually from overseas internet pharmacies, most often learnt about this possibility from people in their social network and would like more support from other PrEP users to be available.

    September 18, 2018
    aidsmap
  • People living with HIV are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to the findings of a meta-analysis published in Circulation. The research also showed that HIV is the cause of 1% of global CVD cases and that the burden of HIV-associated CVD has tripled over the last 20 years. The majority of HIV-associated CVD was in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific.

    September 17, 2018
    General
    aidsmap
  • 30 years into the response, there are still a number of unanswered questions around the exact mechanism by which a baby can become infected via breast milk. There also remain questions about the viral load of HIV in blood versus the viral load in breast milk, and what a ‘safe’ threshold is for transmission. This is why scientists and policymakers have yet to declare U=U for breastfeeding.

    September 7, 2018
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