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29 MARCH 2019 VOLUME 20 ISSUE 12

Media Coverage

  • Although some women and girls may have acknowledged or celebrated National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10, all women should continue their awareness throughout the year, Janette Wheat, Ph.D, said.

    March 29, 2019
    General
    The Pine Bluff Commercial
  • Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) had some tough words for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

    March 29, 2019
    General
    New York Daily News
  • Since the country’s rollout, less than a quarter of people who’ve started taking the HIV prevention pill are young women — despite high HIV rates.

    March 29, 2019
    Bhekisisa
  • Men who have sex with men are not actively targeted by circumcision programmes, but an updated review reveals they could benefit from this HIV prevention intervention.

    March 29, 2019
    Avert
  • Construction has started on a multimillion dollar AIDS drug factory that will become the largest in Africa when it opens later this year. The $100m (£75m) facility will bring 1,000 jobs to Kenya and reduce the reliance of almost half of the continent’s countries on European imports.

    March 28, 2019
    The Guardian
  • “Every time you have sex without a condom, you are asking to die.” The man appeared to be in his 50s. He was angry, raising his voice as he chastised the panelists, men in their 20s who admitted they preferred to have sex without condoms.

    March 28, 2019
    San Francisco Chronicle
  • How do we eradicate HIV/AIDS? One route is a vaccine, but so far that has proved a very difficult research problem. There is an ongoing clinical trial of one promising treatment in South Africa, but unlike the smallpox or polio vaccines, it appears to provide only moderate protection. Another is "pre-exposure prophylaxis," or PrEP — drugs which prevent HIV infection if taken every day. One such treatment called emtricitabine/tenofovir (better known by its brand name Truvada) works very well for this, cutting the risk of infection by up to 93 percent.

    March 28, 2019
    The Week
  • Most modern epidemics end with a vaccine or a cure. HIV has neither. We are betting on a biomedical solution that has a huge behavioral mountain to scale. Unlike vaccines or a cure that required a limited number of visits to your doctor, our biomedical solution asks people living with HIV to stay in healthcare and adherent to their meds for the rest of their lives and for people on PrEP to stay in healthcare and adherent to their meds for as long as they are sexually active.

    March 28, 2019
    General
    HIV Plus Mag
  • On Monday, Nina Martinez, a 36-year-old public health expert, became the first living person with HIV in the United States to donate a healthy kidney to another person with HIV. The transplant, according to surgeons who performed the surgeries, was a success.

    March 28, 2019
    General
    Medscape
  • The other day, my patient, who I’ll call Sam, came in for a routine sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening for two reasons. First, he said that he just started a new relationship with someone he met on a dating app and wanted to make sure he was in the clear. He didn’t have any symptoms that day. Second, he read somewhere that STIs are on the rise and he was concerned.

    March 28, 2019
    General
    Jezebel
  • In a different city, in a different decade, the news would have changed David’s life forever. Instead the graduate student, who dreams of someday acting and teaching, told himself one thing as he waited for test results in the San Francisco General Hospital emergency room: “If it comes back and it’s positive, just do what you can to stay healthy.... If it comes back negative, be even more careful.”

    March 28, 2019
    General
    Los Angeles Times
  • The global AIDS response has made significant progress in reducing HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths. New HIV infections dropped by 16 percent from 1.9 million 2010 to 1.6 million in 2017. And the number of AIDS-related deaths decreased from 1.4 million to 940 000 in the same period.

    March 28, 2019
    General
    The Conversation
  • The Ethiopian government on Wednesday revealed that more than 16,000 Ethiopians die due to HIV/AIDS every year. The new study, which was released by the Ethiopian Public Health Institute on Wednesday that reviewed the status of HIV/ADIS in the country, revealed that some 16,000 Ethiopians are infected by the deadly virus annually, while the virus caused in excess of 16,000 deaths every year.

    March 27, 2019
    General
    Xinhua
  • The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is no longer a death sentence, yet a cure remains elusive. While current therapies can successfully manage active infection, the virus can survive in tissue reservoirs – including macrophage cells, which play an important role in the immune system.

    March 27, 2019
    Cornell Chronicle
  • A move by California lawmakers to allow over the counter access to PrEP is raising concerns about patient privacy and adherence to the HIV prevention medication.

    March 27, 2019
    Bay Area Reporter
  • Thomas Folks spent years in his U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab developing a treatment to block deadly HIV in monkeys. Then San Francisco AIDS researcher Robert Grant, using $50 million in federal grants, proved the treatment worked in people who engaged in risky sex.

    March 26, 2019
    Washington Post
  • Young women aged 20-24 in Nigeria are three times more likely to be living with HIV than men of the same age. In this group, HIV prevalence was 1.3 percent compared to 0.4 percent in men according to a newly published Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS), one of the largest population-based HIV/AIDS household surveys ever conducted

    March 26, 2019
    General
    Avert
  • President Trump’s State of the Union speech kicked off the year with some dramatic gestures toward “global leadership,” promising to put the United States at the forefront of a crusade to end the AIDS crisis worldwide. But between the lines, Trump’s global humanitarian agenda is actually undermining health care in the communities most deeply afflicted by HIV/AIDS.

    March 25, 2019
    General
    The Nation
  • An Australian man may have contracted HIV while practicing on-demand PrEP — but that changes nothing. PrEP is exceedingly effective, and an essential part of plans to end the epidemic.

    March 25, 2019
    HIV Plus Mag
  • Achieving an undetectable viral load is a great thing. “Undetectable” basically means the amount of HIV in your body is so low that it cannot be detected by current monitoring tests. It doesn’t mean one is cured or HIV-negative, but it does mean one can live a long and healthy life. That’s the primary benefit of an undetectable status, and it’s great news for the health and wellness of people living with HIV. But this can only be achieved through HIV treatment, and that means accessing quality health care.

    March 21, 2019
    Hornet
  • When was the last time you heard a seminar speaker claim there was ‘no difference’ between two groups because the difference was ‘statistically non-significant’?

    March 20, 2019
    General
    Nature

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