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3 AUGUST 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 31

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  • Almost 1,000 HIV organisations across the globe are likely to be affected by massive funding cuts because of a controversial United States policy that prohibits organisations it funds from offering or advocating for safe abortions, according to new research.

    August 3, 2018
    General
    Bhekisisa
  • Mylan, a giant generic drugmaker headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, that took a bashing in 2016 for steeply raising the price of its EpiPen that treats severe allergic reactions, has now flipped the tables and is arguing that the United States is wasting billions of dollars on name brand anti-HIV drugs instead of its cheaper alternatives.

    August 3, 2018
    Science
  • After two years of flat funding, donor government disbursements towards fighting HIV in low- and middle-income countries increased by 16 per cent from $7 billion in 2016 to $8.1 billion in 2017, says a new UN report. However, this increase is not expected to last as it was largely due to a shift in timing of American support.

    August 2, 2018
    General
    The East African
  • New data from the Namibia Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (NAMPHIA) survey shows a 50 percent reduction in the total number of new HIV infections per year in the last five years. The total national HIV prevalence in Namibia is now at 12.6 percent compared to 14 percent in 2014, according to the NAMPHIA results.

    August 2, 2018
    General
    New Era
  • This decade in particular has seen awesome advances in both scientific research and efforts on the ground to control the epidemic. But considerable challenges remain, including fully harnessing the power of antiretrovirals (ARVs) to reduce transmission, whether through treatment of HIV or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); searching for effective, scalable means of prompting long-term viral remission among people living with HIV; and keeping enough money flowing to get the job done right.

    August 2, 2018
    General
    POZ
  • Starting today, Wisconsin residents can access prescription birth control and HIV prevention without setting foot in a doctor’s office. Nurx (pronounced Nur-ex) is a platform that already offers these services in 17 other states.

    August 1, 2018
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • The needs for safe conception services and a wider choice of contraception for women living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa were highlighted last week at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam.

    August 1, 2018
    aidsmap
  • HIV is particularly interesting to study in this manner, Leitner noted, as the virus mutates rapidly and constantly within each infected individual. The changing "genetic signatures" of its code provide a path that researchers can follow in determining the origin and time frame of an infection, and the computer simulations are now proven to be successful in tracking and predicting the virus's movements through populations.

    August 1, 2018
    General
    News-Medical
  • HIV DNA levels were similar whether patients recently diagnosed with HIV were treated with a kick-and-kill approach that involved a vaccine plus a latency-reversing agent or treated with a traditional antiretroviral therapy, findings from a new study show.

    August 1, 2018
    Medscape
  • In a consensus statement published in the July 25 issue of the Journal of the International AIDS Society, 20 HIV/AIDS researchers and clinicians from 16 countries have made a formal argument against laws in some countries that effectively criminalize the disease, prosecuting people who are HIV-positive for not disclosing their disease status, exposing sexual partners to the virus, and/or transmitting the virus to unwitting partners.

    August 1, 2018
    General
    Contagion Live
  • Multiple studies have shown that oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective strategy to prevent HIV transmission in many populations at high risk for HIV. However, there is limited research evidence on PrEP effectiveness and safety for certain populations and in certain situations.

    August 1, 2018
    The BodyPro
  • Men seek and start treatment for HIV/AIDS when they are much sicker compared to women, according to a study by researchers from around the world, including at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

    August 1, 2018
    Medical Xpress
  • At this year's AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam, Fauci spoke to TheBodyPRO after his remarks to the U=U Preconference, in which he detailed the scientific research that lead us on the path to the discovery that undetectable equals untransmittable (U=U).

    August 1, 2018
    The BodyPro
  • It was the U=U (undetectable equals untransmittable) and PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) conference – not just in terms of scientific results, but more importantly in the political imagination of people, in our sense of what’s possible, and in the iconography of HIV.

    July 31, 2018
    aidsmap
  • Recommended first-line ART (EFV-based) takes a median of 84 days to reach viral suppression compared to 28 days for DTG-based ART.

    July 31, 2018
    aidsmap
  • Kenya is highly dependent on donors who provide Sh7 out of every Sh10 set aside to address HIV. However, HIV funding has remained flat in recent years, at about Sh191.9 billion, which is about Sh703 billion short of the amount needed to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.

    July 31, 2018
    General
    Daily Nation
  • The Autotest VIH test can detect antibodies in just 15 minutes after taking a pinprick blood sample. The test can be purchased by anyone over the age of 18.

    July 31, 2018
    General
    Independent
  • New findings presented last week at the 22nd International AIDS Conference reveal how President Donald Trump's expansion of the so-called global gag rule -- which restricts US health assistance funding to non-US NGOs that offer abortion services -- is likely to have wide scale negative effects on the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

    July 31, 2018
    General
    CNN
  • The International AIDS Conference -- or "AIDS 2018" -- returned to Amsterdam for the first time since 1992.

    July 31, 2018
    General
    The BodyPro
  • The Clinton Health Access Initiative, along with several other development agencies, has brokered an agreement to make routine HIV tests more accessible. They're aiming to make HIV viral load tests available for $12 a piece, slashing the price in some markets by more than 50 percent.

    July 31, 2018
    General
    NPR
  • Funding for efforts to slow the spread of HIV by treating all infected people has flatlined, and many countries, for a host of reasons, can’t or won’t mount aggressive responses. “We will not be able to meet the prevention goal,” said Michel Sidibé, director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Geneva, Switzerland. “We have a prevention crisis.”

    July 31, 2018
    General
    Science
  • The rice produces two types of proteins and one kind of antibody that can bind to HIV viruses. This stops the HIV virus from interacting with human cells. The rice can be made into a topical cream that can be applied to the skin where these special proteins can enter the body, protecting that person from HIV.

    July 31, 2018
    General
    Newsweek
  • A new analysis from the US Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which evaluated HIV testing for black men who have sex with men (MSM) in 20 southern US jurisdictions in 2016 found that although this population received only 6% of the tests that were provided, they accounted for 36% of new diagnoses in non-health care facilities.

    July 31, 2018
    General
    Contagion Live
  • Medicine to prevent HIV in Tennessee is now as easy to get as the pill. And it doesn’t cost a thing.

    July 30, 2018
    WSMV
  • The fight to end HIV/AIDS was given a boost by a star-studded week of presentations, panel sessions and the occasional protest at this year’s International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. However, tensions within the community remain, and with few new funding pledges announced, there are questions about how to translate strong rhetoric into action.

    July 30, 2018
    General
    Devex
  • After 37 years of the AIDS epidemic, there is consensus among scientists and activists that the virus is thriving in groups that are marginalised and shamed by mainstream society. These groups are termed “key populations” in the AIDS world.

    July 29, 2018
    General
    Daily Maverick
  • San Francisco’s annual HIV diagnosis rate generally and slowly declined from 2006 to 2012, from 530 to 453 diagnoses, and has followed a steep decline in the years since, reaching just 223 diagnoses in 2016.

    July 27, 2018
    POZ
  • For years, humanity had the virus on the run, and death tolls plunged to joyously low levels. But the disease is now poised, for the first time in recent memory, to add massively to its global death toll of 35 million since 1981. Three factors are contributing to its runaway resurgence: flawed public health strategy, rapidly shifting demography, and diminished resources.

    July 25, 2018
    General
    Foreign Policy
  • Analysis of the phase I/IIa randomized, placebo-controlled APPROACH trial showed that all of the tested varieties still had a "robust humoral and cellular responses even after 1 year," according to Frank Tomaka, MD, of developer Janssen, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.

    July 25, 2018
    MedPage Today

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