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22 NOVEMBER 2019 VOLUME 20 ISSUE 45

Media Coverage

  • As HIV activists around the world are pushing for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) to be accessed over the counter, the health ministry says that it will not be considered in Uganda.

    November 22, 2019
    Independent
  • As Nigeria prepares to join the rest of the world to commemorate the World AIDS Day on December 1, the country still accounts for more than half of new infections and deaths from AIDS-related illnesses globally.

    November 22, 2019
    General
    All Africa
  • A survey of German PrEP users reported at the recent 17th European AIDS Conference (EACS 2019) found that one in nine of them had not had a single HIV, STI or renal function test during the time they were on PrEP. Of those who had taken an HIV test while on PrEP, 15.5 percent had taken a test less often than the recommended interval of three months, and 8.5 percent had had an STI check-up less often than the recommended once every six months. One in 25 PrEP users had not even had an HIV test shortly before starting PrEP.

    November 22, 2019
    aidsmap
  • A second case of HIV transmission from someone interrupting their HIV therapy as part of a cure study has been published. The report, by Dr Ainoa Ugarte, Dr Lorna Leal and colleagues from Barcelona University Hospital (Ugarte reference below) has prompted discussion about whether the HIV-negative partners of people involved in studies that feature so-called analytical treatment interruptions (ATIs) should be offered PrEP as a matter of course.

    November 22, 2019
    aidsmap
  • Given how doggedly persistent individuals seeking to obtain a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prescription often must be, it should come as little surprise that many people at high risk for HIV fall through the cracks of a health care system poorly equipped to provide them access to a highly effective form of prevention.

    November 22, 2019
    POZ
  • “I came of age as a gay man in the middle of an epidemic,” says Paul Kawata, the executive director of NMAC, formerly known as the National Minority AIDS Council. “It is, and continues to be, the issue that has defined my life.”

    November 21, 2019
    Metro Weekly
  • HIV diagnoses have fallen 16 percent in Paris in the 3 years since the rollout of a strategy that combines extensive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) coverage and screenings with political support for community engagement, according to new data.

    November 21, 2019
    General
    Medscape
  • In the South, black houses of worship are reducing the social suffering of HIV with an approach that recalls Dr. King’s teachings.

    November 21, 2019
    General
    New York Times
  • The country boasts the world's largest HIV treatment programme. Find out how South Africa's nine provinces stack up when it comes to getting patients onto life-saving antiretrovirals with this interactive map.

    November 20, 2019
    General
    News24
  • The New HIV and Vaccine Microbicides Advocacy Society (NHVMAS) Wednesday urged the Federal Ministry of Health to reduce the age of access for both Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) and HIV testing services to 14 years. The civil society organisation, which made this known at a round table discussion in Abuja, in collaboration with AVAC and GADO Agency LTD Nigeria, also urged the government to integrate SRH education into the curriculum of schools.

    November 20, 2019
    General
    The Nation
  • Several non-human primate studies looking at HIV's relative – SIV – provided evidence that creating too many soft targets can weaken vaccination that would have otherwise protected against infection.

    November 20, 2019
    News-Medical
  • The economy, Medicare and immigration. These are important topics we’ve heard about for months from the Democratic presidential candidates and I expect we’ll hear more around such topics at tonight’s debate in Atlanta. But a critical issue overlooked thus far is how the next President will tackle today and tomorrow’s infectious disease epidemics — an issue particularly urgent for Atlanta, which is home to more than 35,000 people living with HIV.

    November 20, 2019
    General
    Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • US Ambassador Lisa Johnson launched the new PEPFAR-funded voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme “Safe VMMC” in Namibia a programme that will cost the US aid agency a whopping N$497,140,000 over a five-year period.

    November 19, 2019
    New Era
  • Mailing free home HIV tests to high-risk men offers a potentially better strategy for detecting infections than usual care. That’s according to a US government study that resulted in many more infections found — including among friends with whom recipients shared extra kits.

    November 18, 2019
    General
    New York Post
  • While diverse global participants with differing beliefs and values look forward to sharing knowledge about global progress in stopping the epidemic that has lived for centuries, there is more they can learn about Rwanda’s approach towards preventing new HIV infections while raising the life expectancy of people living with HIV. And this is a tremendous story.

    November 18, 2019
    General
    New Times
  • In 2001 at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the former and late UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said “HIV has the face of a woman”, and for decades even up to date it still has that face!

    November 18, 2019
    General
    Chronicle
  • For men who sleep with men, pills that block HIV from taking hold are making unprotected sex feel fun and safe again. Women aren’t getting in on that action.

    November 7, 2019
    Politico

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