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23 APRIL 2021 VOLUME 23 ISSUE 16

Media Coverage

  • Data from six countries’ public health programmes suggests the introduction of new testing technologies have significantly increased same-day diagnosis for babies born with HIV and sped up treatment.

    April 23, 2021
    General, Treatment
  • The first data from the large implementation study of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in England, The IMPACT trial, were presented at the joint British HIV Association and British Association of Sexual Health and HIV conference this week.

    April 23, 2021
  • A vaccine against malaria has been shown to be highly effective in trials in Africa, holding out the real possibility of slashing the death toll of a disease that kills 400,000 mostly small children every year.

    April 23, 2021
    The Guardian
  • If the immune system ran its own version of The Bachelor, antibodies would, hands down, get this season’s final rose. These Y-shaped molecules have acquired some star-caliber celebrity in the past year, due in no small part to COVID-19. For months, their potentially protective powers have made headlines around the globe; we test for them with abandon, and anxiously await the results. Many people have come to equate antibodies, perhaps not entirely accurately, with near imperviousness to the coronavirus and its effects.

    April 22, 2021
    The Atlantic
  • For the last two decades, HIV/AIDS has been held at bay by potent antiviral drugs, aggressive testing and inventive public education campaigns. But the COVID-19 pandemic has caused profound disruptions in almost every aspect of that battle, grounding outreach teams, sharply curtailing testing and diverting critical staff away from laboratories and medical centers.

    April 21, 2021
  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria launched in 2002 to get anti-disease programs off the ground until national governments are ready to take over. In poor and lower-middle income countries, where the HIV burden is often more severe, that may never happen.

    April 20, 2021
  • On 20 April 2021, a UK paper reported the first comprehensive results in HIV positive people of both T cell and B cell responses to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

    April 20, 2021
  • Public health officials are struggling to contain an outbreak of HIV among homeless drug users in Boston that has persisted since early 2019 and likely worsened as the pandemic limited access to services such as testing.

    April 20, 2021
    Boston Globe
  • Women in Germany are increasingly likely to talk to their clinicians about breastfeeding their infants while they are still pregnant, with a 13-fold increase over nine years, according to a retrospective national survey published in AIDS Patient Care and STDs.

    April 19, 2021
  • Nearly 1 in 10 Southern gay and bisexual men reported they'd discontinued use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data published online in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

    April 19, 2021
  • Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) has said it registered 38,000 new HIV infections in 2020, which is 28 per cent lower than 53,000 infections recorded in 2019. New HIV infections in the country had stagnated at 53,000 in 2018 and 2019, according to previous data from the UAC.

    April 18, 2021
    All Africa
  • Health experts have revealed that Dapivirine Vaginal Ring (DPV-VR) will help to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV during vaginal sex for women who are at substantial HIV risk, as a complementary prevention approach in addition to other safer sex practices.

    April 17, 2021
    Chimp Reports
  • Recently there was an announcement of a US$30 million grant awarded to the nonprofit health organization PATH by the US government’s President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). The grant funded a consortium of seven institutions in the USA, the UK and Australia to support African countries in the improved use of data for decision-making in malaria control and elimination.

    April 15, 2021
    Nature Medicine

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