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25 MAY 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 21

Media Coverage

  • As PEPFAR celebrates its 15th anniversary this month, perhaps even more striking is the widespread agreement among the initiative’s biggest backers that if PEPFAR does not go even further — or if political support falters — the basic mathematics of disease will bring about a new emergency, wiping out a victory that was never fully achieved.

    May 25, 2018
    General
    Devex
  • At this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, the garden A Life Without Walls has been created to break down the stigma faced by people living with HIV. The garden was designed especially with adolescents and young people in mind.

    May 25, 2018
    General
    Gay Star News
  • The results of our research, published in the journal Glia, reveal how HIV patients are more vulnerable to neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions that are somehow tied to disrupting dopamine levels in the brain.

    May 24, 2018
    Live Science
  • South Sudan’s five-year civil war is quietly creating another kind of victim: those prevented from getting life-saving antiretroviral medicine. Experts say the number of affected people could be in the hundreds of thousands.

    May 24, 2018
    Washington Post
  • On May 17, 2018, at the SEAM meeting, a team of Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers shared the results of their study on patients with acute infectious illnesses who had been admitted to a Mthatha, South Africa emergency department..... The study, say the authors, is South Africa’s first prospective study describing the epidemiology and risk factors for mortality of emergency department patients with acute infections.

    May 24, 2018
    Contagion Live
  • Since the first case of HIV/AIDS was reported in Michigan in 1981, lawmakers say treatment for the disease has progressed so much that it's time to revisit state laws surrounding HIV....that would, among other things, make it a misdemeanor, rather than a felony, to not disclose the disease to a sexual partner. The bills would also update the language in the laws — many written in the '80s — to reflect advances in treatments and technology.

    May 24, 2018
    Detroit Free Press
  • The Federal Government may next year hand over the management of HIV/AIDS to states.The coordinator of the Abia State AIDS Control/Programme, Dr. Rock Hemuka disclosed this yesterday....According to him, by 2030 every Nigerian would have HIV-testing kits, while those who test positive to the virus would have ready access to retroviral drugs.

    May 24, 2018
    All Africa
  • The rate of military service members taking HIV prevention drugs sky-rocketed in 2015, new CDC data reveal. Around 350 officers a year are diagnosed with HIV in the United States, with the majority of infections contracted on home soil.

    May 24, 2018
    Daily Mail
  • In Eswatini, the child is referred to as “UmlibaLoyaEmbili” meaning that children are the future – as the continued existence of the people of Eswatini rests with them....There is now a consensus that if we want to end AIDS as a public health threat in the Kingdom of Eswatini, we need meaningful engagement of our communities.

    May 24, 2018
    Swazi Observer
  • Wanjiru and other health workers in Kenya told CNN that the number of backstreet abortions have increased since the United States cut aid to family planning programs that provide abortion services, in addition to contraception, in the world's least developed countries.

    May 24, 2018
    General
    CNN
  • It had been known from the early days of PrEP research in animals, however, that even if PrEP fails it can cause a so-called ‘blunted’ HIV infection with a lower viral load and a weaker antibody response than usual, and the same could happen if infection occurs just before PrEP is started.

    May 23, 2018
    aidsmap
  • The collaboration would involve various government and non-government institutions in India, including the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), and International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) along with Erasmus Medical Centre in The Netherlands, and Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

    May 23, 2018
    General
    DNA India
  • Elvis Basudde and Hilary Bainemigisha started a series of Retired Major Rubaramira Ruranga, one of the few Ugandans who have lived longest on ARVs. He disclosed his status at a time when stigma was at its highest, has participated in HIV trials and is an icon in the Ugandan fight against HIV.

    May 23, 2018
    New Vision
  • Gay and bisexual men who reported engaging in chemsex (the use of specific drugs to enhance or facilitate sex) were five times more likely to be newly diagnosed with HIV, nine times more likely to be diagnosed with hepatitis C and four times more likely to be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) during a 13-month follow-up period, according to London data published this week in HIV Medicine.

    May 23, 2018
    aidsmap
  • President Trump and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar unveiled the administration’s plan to lower prescription drug prices, but.... The plan received criticism for being too easy on pharmaceutical companies for their role in the seemingly exponential recent rise in drug prices.

    May 23, 2018
    POZ
  • Data from the ETE Dashboard and our HIV Surveillance Annual Report for 2016 show that more and more New Yorkers with HIV are being linked to care, staying healthy, and becoming virally suppressed....Promoting "U = U" as an evidence-based public health intervention is key to dismantling stigma and connecting New Yorkers to the prevention and care services to which they are entitled.

    May 23, 2018
    The Body
  • A coalition of 60 HIV organizations from across the country is calling on insurance commissioners and attorneys general in all 50 states and D.C. to investigate a practice they say is being adopted by health insurers that’s resulting in excessively high out-of-pocket costs for AIDS and Hepatitis C drugs.

    May 23, 2018
    Washington Blade
  • Handing out tens of millions of dollars to an HIV-focused organization to develop a Lassa fever vaccine may sound like a far-fetched idea. But that’s just what the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has decided to do—for a valid scientific reason.

    May 22, 2018
    FiercePharma
  • It’s been over 30 years since the inception of the virus, and still, there is so much shaming and stigma surrounding people living with HIV. This in large part due to misinformation and fear of contracting the virus. That’s what led Drs. Jonathon Rendina and Jeffrey Parsons of Hunter College to explore whether gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men actually believe that undetectable = untransmittable.

    May 22, 2018
    NewNowNext
  • Scarcity of antibiotic Septrin drives fears of weakened immunity among patients, setting back efforts to end AIDS by 2030.

    May 22, 2018
    The Guardian
  • The number of Americans who believe vaccinations are crucial to public health has fallen by 10 percent in the last 10 years, according to a new survey.

    May 22, 2018
    The Hill
  • In the age of PrEP, we have an opportunity and obligation to improve services for adolescents in the United States and around the world. In looking at some of the latest research, where should we prioritize our efforts?

    May 22, 2018
    POZ
  • In-depth interviews with 26 South African women who were either pregnant or recently post-partum, revealed high levels of interest in PrEP. Many of the interviewees reported feeling that they did not have a say in whether they used a condom with their partner.

    May 21, 2018
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