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31 JANUARY 2020 VOLUME 21 ISSUE 4

Media Coverage

  • The Ministry of Health has said that the using of HIV self-test kits among the key population is high. Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng says while it’s too early to evaluate how many people are using test kits, she says monthly reports to the ministry are showing high uptake, although concrete data about use patterns will be ready by September.

    January 30, 2020
    General
    Independent
  • Natasha Dhumma, head of policy and campaigns at the National AIDS Trust, explains for PinkNews why the British government’s sluggish approach to PrEP must be held accountable.

    January 30, 2020
    PinkNews
  • Since the inception of the HIV epidemic, gay men and trans women have had a disproportionate number of people become HIV positive and die as a result of AIDS. Over time, being deemed “at higher risk” has been warped to infer only men who have sex with men and trans women can get HIV, which is far from the truth. In 2018, one in five new HIV infections were among women, yet women make up less than 10 percent of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prescriptions nationwide. In fact, since the approval of PrEP in 2012, there’s been a steady decline nationwide in the number of women taking it.

    January 29, 2020
    The BodyPro
  • In the early days of January, as cases of a strange, pneumonia-like illness were reported in China, researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland readied themselves to hunt for a vaccine to prevent the new disease.

    January 28, 2020
    General
    New York Times
  • Young people with innovative ideas to reduce HIV infections among adolescents will receive cash incentives to showcase best practices to fight the deadly virus during an international conference in Kisumu.

    January 28, 2020
    General
    Daily Nation
  • A new HIV vaccine is soon to be clinically tested that could potentially prevent the disease in the country, if an application by the SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) to the SA Health Products Regulation Authority gets the green light.

    January 27, 2020
    IOL
  • GlaxoSmithKline PLC licensed a promising vaccine against tuberculosis to the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute in a move the drugmaker said will help bring prevention of the deadly disease to poor countries.

    January 27, 2020
    General
    Bloomberg
  • In March 2007, international experts endorsed voluntary medical male circumcision as a partial but effective way to reduce the risk of HIV infection in men. According to the World Health Organisation, medical male circumcision can reduce a man’s risk of acquiring HIV from a female sexual partner by about 60 percent.

    January 27, 2020
    The Conversation
  • I remember when I first heard the statement in 2017: the science-based evidence that stated people living with HIV taking antiretroviral medication who had attained an undetectable viral load no longer transmitted the virus. The slogan “U=U” (undetectable equals untransmittable) from that moment took on a life of its own—and I was all for it. I wrote about it, spoke about it, and even hit the streets to protest to ensure people were given access to this important breakthrough in HIV work. Now I feel differently.

    January 27, 2020
    The Body
  • In the stock pandemic movie, scientists are frantically working on concoctions to stop the spread of a newly emerging virus—and by the end, voila, they succeed and save the world. In the real world, vaccines played limited, if any, roles in slowing the Zika epidemic that walloped Latin America in 2016, the devastating 2014–16 West African Ebola epidemic, and the pandemic flu that began to circulate in 2009. The shots just weren’t ready in time.

    January 27, 2020
    General
    Science Magazine
  • The deadly outbreak of a novel coronavirus has sparked a race among biotech companies, each claiming that its technology can quickly whip up a vaccine to quell a potential crisis. But history suggests the road ahead will be long, unpredictable, and expensive.

    January 24, 2020
    General
    STAT

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