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25 OCTOBER 2019 VOLUME 20 ISSUE 41

Media Coverage

  • The Rwanda Population-based HIV Impact Assessment showed that 84 percent of all people living with HIV know their status; 98 percent of those who are diagnosed HIV positive are on sustained antiretroviral therapy (ART); and 90 percent of those on ART have an undetectable viral load, reaching 84-98-90 of the joint target set by the UNAID in 2014.

    October 23, 2019
    General
    Xinhua
  • Two major US biomedical research funders plan to each put at least $100 million over 4 years toward bringing cutting-edge, gene-based treatments to a part of the world that often struggles to provide access to even basic medicines: sub-Saharan Africa. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced the unusual collaboration to launch clinical trials for gene-based cures for HIV and sickle cell disease within the region in the coming decade.

    October 23, 2019
    General
    Science Magazine
  • Three outfits seeking to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, including USAID, Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Nigeria and Department of Defense have sought the buy-in of the 36 Nigerian state governors for the abolition of user fees by all HIV positive persons in the country.

    October 23, 2019
    All Africa
  • It’s been nearly six months since Mark Arthur (not his real name) got the diagnosis that he was HIV positive after doing a finger-prick test at home. But within a few months, the antiretroviral therapy medication Arthur takes has reduced the HIV viral load to an undetectable level – and he can no longer pass it on.

    October 22, 2019
    The Guardian
  • The Philippines has bucked the trend of a steady global decline in HIV cases, becoming the country with the “fastest growing epidemic” of the dreaded disease, according to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

    October 22, 2019
    General
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • I may be retired from the news business, but I still know a good story when I see one. Reports now tell us that more children than ever are growing up free of deadly diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

    October 22, 2019
    General
    Devex
  • A review of HIV incidence among young people in east and southern Africa since antiretroviral treatment (ART) roll-out reveals failures to reach the highest-risk young women.

    October 22, 2019
    Avert
  • There is some bad news and worse news in the 2018 Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, published earlier this month by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report showed that, for the fifth year in a row, cases of three sexually transmitted diseases (STDs, also called sexually transmitted infections, or STIs) -- syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia -- were up.

    October 22, 2019
    General
    The Body
  • For over a decade, there has been a vaccine to prevent the types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that are most likely to cause cervical and other types of cancers -- and yet, vaccine rates lag far behind the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80 percent among 13 to 15 year olds. In 2017, just 49 percent of eligible young people had been adequately vaccinated. This is particularly alarming given new research that suggests vaccines could prevent 92 percent of all cancers caused by HPV.

    October 22, 2019
    The BodyPro
  • The Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage, adopted recently at the United Nations General Assembly, could set the stage for a fairer world in which health is viewed as a human right and not as a commodity. On paper, we have a compact that enshrines the idea of universality. At the local, state, and country levels it will mean healthier populations and greater global health equity.

    October 21, 2019
    General
    STAT News
  • Maria Nantale is enjoying a beer at a rickety wooden bar after a long day’s work. “Forty people tested today,” she reflects. “Found three positives. One of them is in denial. She has run away.”

    October 21, 2019
    General
    The Guardian
  • Our failure to prioritize sexual health in the United States is making people sick, and for some of us it will be deadly.

    October 21, 2019
    General
    The Hill
  • Like many HIV clinicians, Robert Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., spends a lot of time thinking about the patients who never step foot in his office. With one out of every seven patients unaware of their HIV status, many never make it to the first step in the HIV care cascade: diagnosis.

    October 18, 2019
    General
    The BodyPro

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