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22 JUNE 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 25

Media Coverage

  • Namibia is one of 13 countries close to achieving HIV epidemic control. The Namibia Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (NAMPHIA) survey results to be released soon will give a clearer picture on how close the country is to that target.

    June 22, 2018
    New Era
  • With its strong leadership, innovation and partnership, China has made huge progress in fighting AIDS, UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe said during his visit to China.

    June 22, 2018
    General
    Xinhua
  • In Ohio, it's a felony for people who know they have HIV, viral hepatitis or tuberculosis to intentionally expose another person to their blood, semen, urine, feces or other bodily substances such as saliva with the intent to harass or threaten the person. Advocates for people living with diseases like hepatitis C and HIV say these laws add to the stigma that patients already face and studies suggest the laws are not effective at stopping the spread of disease.

    June 22, 2018
    General
    NPR
  • The United States of America President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will provide Namibia with US$73.6 million which is a slight increase over current year funding of US$72.3 million to combat HIV in the country.

    June 22, 2018
    General
    Namibia Economist
  • The withdrawal of lay counsellors from primary health clinics in KwaZulu-Natal led to a sharp fall in the number of people taking an HIV test in 2015, a study published in advance online in the journal AIDS has shown. The findings highlight the important role that lay counsellors play in increasing the number of people diagnosed with HIV in a sub-Saharan African setting, the researchers say.

    June 21, 2018
    General
    aidsmap
  • Aid workers at charity Medecins Sans Frontieres used prostitutes and sold medication while working in Africa, whistleblowers have claimed. The allegations have been made against support staff rather than doctors or nurses at MSF, which is also known as Doctors Without Borders.

    June 21, 2018
    General
    Daily Mail
  • An LGBTI-friendly insurance company in the UK has today launched a new travel insurance policy. Anyone with HIV does not need to disclose it as a pre-existing medical condition. This is provided they are on stable anti-viral medication and have an undetectable viral load.

    June 21, 2018
    Gay Star News
  • A federal jury in Boston has awarded $18.4 million to a man who said two doctors failed to test him for HIV, which later developed into AIDS. Sean Stentiford, 48, consented to an HIV test in 2007 because he was experiencing facial paralysis.

    June 21, 2018
    General
    Daily Mail
  • A new experimental vaccine regimen, tailor made to fit of the structure of a vulnerable region on HIV, generated antibodies in mice, guinea pigs and monkeys, and it neutralized dozens of HIV strains. The findings will lead to human clinical trials for a vaccine capable of neutralizing a large fraction of common HIV strains.

    June 21, 2018
    Advocate
  • Deborah Waterhouse, head of GSK’s majority-owned HIV business ViiV Healthcare, aims to overtake Gilead as market leader in the $26 billion-a-year HIV market by the mid-2020s, assuming the gamble on two-drug combinations pans out.

    June 20, 2018
    Reuters
  • Implants for HIV PrEP are in preclinical and early clinical studies, with a first-in-human trial planned to evaluate a subdermal implant containing tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) in South African women.

    June 20, 2018
    Contagion Live
  • Gerald Friedland, M.D…..delivered the Gary S. Reiter and Andrew Kaplan Memorial Lecture at the 13th annual International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence Conference. His presentation…. emphasized the importance of engaging providers, as well as expanding the definition of HIV providers beyond the clinical setting.

    June 20, 2018
    General
    The BodyPro
  • The lives of over 35,000 people living with HIV and AIDS are being put at serious risk as the country runs out of antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs, a drug given to people living with HIV and AIDS to help fight infections.

    June 20, 2018
    All Africa
  • Martin Shkreli is in prison, but Daraprim still costs $750 per pill. Heather Bresch was hauled before Congress, but EpiPens still cost three to six times more than they did in 2007. Every week we hear of a new outrageous drug price hike. In polls, some 80 percent of Americans say that government should do more to curb drug prices.

    June 20, 2018
    General
    New York Times
  • New findings published in the June issue of the journal AIDS reveal that frailty is twice as prevalent in middle-aged and elderly men living with HIV as HIV-negative men. Researchers also found that men living with HIV who had high waist measurements were seven times more likely to suffer from frailty than men with smaller waists.

    June 20, 2018
    General
    HIV Plus Mag
  • Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a national public-information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are working with 220 health departments, AIDS-service organizations and other community organizations to help provide free HIV testing and information at participating Walgreens stores in more than 180 cities on National HIV Testing Day.

    June 20, 2018
    General
    Windy City Times
  • It is feasible to offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as part of community-wide HIV testing campaigns in East Africa, with a fifth of adults who were identified as eligible for PrEP starting it within 30 days, researchers from the SEARCH collaboration report in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

    June 20, 2018
    aidsmap
  • The rising prevalence of transmitted antiretroviral drug resistance in the United States is unlikely to affect the success of first-line treatment in the future and is largely unconnected with recent treatment failure in people already on antiretroviral therapy, a large analysis published in Clinical Infectious Diseases shows.

    June 19, 2018
    aidsmap
  • Late last month we reported on a lawsuit against the US Department of Defense (DoD) for its policies discriminating against military members who have HIV. We spoke to one of the organizations legally representing the client in that case...to help us understand more about American military HIV policies and what will happen next with their lawsuits.

    June 19, 2018
    General
    Hornet
  • This year’s United States Conference on AIDS is very important because the federal government will discuss its plan to end the HIV epidemic in America during a USCA plenary, then hold a town hall to collect feedback from attendees. Everyone needs to come prepared to share their thoughts on what it will take to make this happen.

    June 19, 2018
    General
    POZ
  • Over the years, Fowlkes, who works with several pride organizations around the world, has noticed a shift in attitude about the inclusion of HIV messages in the celebrations. "It's not in the forefront anymore," Fowlkes said. "There's a little AIDS fatigue."

    June 19, 2018
    General
    The Body
  • People taking a controversial preventative HIV drug could give false negative results for up to seven months, new research suggests.

    June 19, 2018
    Daily Mail
  • High school students in Virginia’s largest school system will learn about daily medication used to prevent HIV as part of their sexual health education. The Fairfax County School Board voted last week to include information about pre-exposure prophylaxis — PrEP — in the district’s family life education curriculum, which includes lessons on sexual health and sexuality.

    June 19, 2018
    Washington Post
  • The first officially approved HIV home tests will go on sale on Tuesday, the Federal Office of Public Health announced on Monday. All tests have been approved by the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products, Swissmedic.

    June 18, 2018
    General
    Swissinfo.ch
  • Altan (a pseudonym) cried for two hours after his doctor told him he was infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Following his diagnosis, he searched online for more information about the disease, as he had not learned about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) while in school.

    June 18, 2018
    General
    Al-Monitor
  • Researchers from Freie Universität Berlin have developed a mathematical simulation tool to predict the efficacy of pre and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications, which can help to prevent HIV infection.

    June 18, 2018
    Verdict
  • Government last week launched the pre-exposure prophylaxis strategy (PrEP), which is meant to reduce the risk of contracting HIV.

    June 18, 2018
    Zimbabwe Herald
  • In the rural South, poverty, prejudice and lack of health care are exacerbating the spread of HIV, making it the epicenter of HIV/AIDS in America. William Brangham and Jason Kane, along with Jon Cohen of Science magazine, meet some who are pushing back against this stigma. This report is part of the NewsHour’s ongoing series “The End of AIDS: Far From Over,” with support from the Pulitzer Center.

    June 15, 2018
    General
    PBS News Hour
  • Teen risky behaviors remain a mixed bag, with declines in sex and drug use, but increases in feelings of sadness or hopelessness, CDC researchers said.

    June 14, 2018
    MedPage Today
  • Scientists now report that Treg cells, a type of regulatory lymphocyte, may be protecting babies in the womb from getting infected with the HIV virus when the mother is infected.

    June 11, 2018
    General
    Science Daily

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