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24 March 2017 VOLUME 18 ISSUE 12

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  • The Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), has urged Nigeria and seven other countries to scale up action to reduce the number of tuberculosis (TB) deaths among HIV patients by year 2020.

    March 24, 2017
    Naija 247 News
  • Brief, empowering messaging around pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can lead to better medication adherence, new research has found. When PrEP counselors framed PrEP as part of a healthy sex life, new PrEP clients were significantly more likely to have high levels of adherence to the medication. This was true even among demographics that typically struggle with adherence including young people and people of color.

    March 24, 2017
    BodyPro
  • The American Health Care Act would drastically decrease health coverage options, increase costs and make it harder, if not impossible, for many people to get lifesaving HIV prevention and treatment services.

    March 23, 2017
    NY Daily News
  • A bill before the California Senate would change laws that make it a felony to expose someone to HIV, recognizing advances in the science of HIV treatment and prevention. The proposed legislation received strong support at a recent hearing at the state Capitol.

    March 23, 2017
    Bay Area Reporter
  • PrEP under the American Health “Care” Act would be harder to get for two reasons: 1. Premiums will go up for marketplace insurance, and subsidies will decrease, making it astronomically harder for people to afford insurance, so they won't get it. 2. The federal government will cap funding for Medicaid at rates that will force states to cut eligibility and benefits, meaning low-income people won't get coverage at all.

    March 22, 2017
    Advocate
  • The truth is that many trans women of color face extremely high levels of violence and harassment in their everyday lives. Access to consistent preventative health care from a competent provider who is well-versed in their specific needs and concerns is a luxury many of these women simply do not enjoy.

    March 22, 2017
    Philadelphia Gay News
  • Almost one in five people newly diagnosed with HIV in a study employing active methods to link people to care and treatment had still not linked to care a year after diagnosis, a large study in Botswana has found.

    March 22, 2017
    Medical Brief
  • Researchers have made tremendous strides toward creating a cure for HIV and AIDS in recent months, but a Welsh-government commissioned report published Wednesday revealed the best existing chance of eradicating the global epidemic could be anti-HIV infection drugs like pre-exposure prophylaxis, otherwise known as PrEP.

    March 22, 2017
    True Viral News
  • Anthony “Tony” Fauci, MD has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).....In recent years, Fauci has personally treated a patient afflicted with the Ebola virus. Fauci believes emerging infectious diseases will stay re-emerging, and plans to remain at the forefront of immunodeficiency research.

    March 22, 2017
    MD Mag
  • A review by the independent HIV Expert Group established by Public Health Wales has concluded that anti-HIV infection drug, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has ‘clear potential to prevent people catching the virus.

    March 22, 2017
    Health Business UK
  • An unexpectedly high number of HIV-negative gay and bisexual men taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in Amsterdam were found to have hepatitis C virus (HCV) coinfection, suggesting HCV is being transmitted sexually between men with and without HIV, according to a presentation last month at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle.

    March 22, 2017
    HIV Hepatitis
  • That word -- catastrophe -- has come up often in global reactions to the proposed U.S. budget, which seeks a nearly 30 percent reduction in international programs, like the US Agency for International Development.

    March 21, 2017
    VOA
  • A study of gay and bi men in late 2015 found that two thirds were PrEP candidates but less than 1 in 10 of those men were taking it.

    March 21, 2017
    POZ
  • Over the next 20 years, there will be 49 million new cases of HIV, a mathematical model has indicated. This number, however, could be drastically reduced if current interventions are acted upon and a vaccine is introduced in the next four years.

    March 21, 2017
    International Business Times
  • A recent review of evidence on hormonal contraceptives and the risk of HIV acquisition motivated the World Health Organization to change its safety rating of progestogen-only injectables. It remains to be seen what that change will mean, if anything, for conversations between family planning providers and patients.

    March 21, 2017
    ReWire News
  • Public health experts say that cuts to US global health funding — which makes up less than 1 percent of the federal budget — threaten the health of US citizens, since pathogens such as Zika, influenza and Ebola can cross borders. For other policymakers and advocates, it is morally unjustifiable to cut health programs that save millions of lives.

    March 21, 2017
    Washington Post
  • The new program seeks to lower the country's HIV transmission rate to individuals who face a substantial risk of contracting HIV, such as rape victims and HIV-negative drug users. The head of the National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP), Martin Sirengo, said the measure will be rolled out in April and will involve the use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP.

    March 20, 2017
    Lanka Information
  • Devex sat down with Ambassador Deborah Birx, the U.S. global aids coordinator, before the budget was released, to discuss the impacts of the reinstated global gag rule (also called the Mexico City policy), what PEPFAR implementers need to know about future priorities and the agency’s focus on prevention among girls. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

    March 20, 2017
    Devex
  • We shouldn’t be surprised that we have Helen Zille types to troll us about colonial gifts to civilisation. We have done demonstrably little to define a postcolonial civilisation worthy of its characterisation.

    March 20, 2017
    Daily Maverick
  • Which would make you safer and healthier: Being the neighborhood hermit, locking and bolting your doors, not helping your neighbors but instead threatening them and allowing trash, sewage, rats and cockroaches to accumulate around your house? Or actually caring about your neighborhood and neighbors and pitching in to keep your surroundings clean and safe?

    March 18, 2017
    Forbes
  • The United States government, one of the world’s most influential donors, is considering dramatic cuts to health and development programs around the world. I understand why some Americans watch their tax dollars going overseas and wonder why we’re not spending them at home. Here’s my answer: These projects keep Americans safe. And by promoting health, security and economic opportunity, they stabilize vulnerable parts of the world.

    March 17, 2017
    TIME
  • The theory is as follows: Men that are uncircumcised tend to have more colonies of bacteria that produce inflammation. Men who are circumcised are less likely to have these types of anaerobic bacteria colonizing the penis. Inflammation, caused by anaerobic bacteria, causes CD4 T-cells to be recruited to the site of inflammation, which then become vulnerable to HIV infection when the virus is present.

    March 16, 2017
    BetaBlog
  • Last August, the justice minister suspended HIV prevention programs, funded by the US, that were aimed at gay men — and warned that any nonprofit that supports homosexuality would be suspended. Since then, there has been a continued effort to wind back or stop such programs.

    March 15, 2017
    NPR

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