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6 APRIL 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 14

Media Coverage

  • Results from a 2016 study led by Johns Hopkins at Frere Hospital in South Africa indicate that emergency departments (EDs) play a critical role in promoting HIV testing. The HIV epidemic in South Africa, the worst in the word, is exacerbated by a high number of citizens unaware of their HIV status.

    April 6, 2018
    General
    Contagion Live
  • HIV-positive inmates who receive healthcare navigation services from peer mentors stand a better chance at maintaining long-term viral suppression after their release from incarceration, according to a new study.

    April 6, 2018
    MD Magazine
  • There has been an enormous groundswell of public condemnation after reports emerged recently that hook-up app Grindr has been sharing data on the HIV status of its users to two external analytics companies it was working with. Most of the uproar has focused on data ownership and privacy – but to get to the heart of the problem, it pays to rewind the story and look at how and why Grindr introduced “HIV status” as one of the “stats” its users are invited to disclose.

    April 6, 2018
    General
    The Conversation
  • Robert Gallo argued that the HIV research field is "getting more clinical." "That doesn't mean that it's not important, but we're not seeing any real major advances," he added…. He said most of the basic science now has been devoted to vaccine development or to finding a cure, and "we're not developing many new drugs. I think that might be dangerous, because I think we could probably still understand more about this virus if we could do some more truly basic discovery of science, which is not really happening," he said.

    April 6, 2018
    MedPage Today
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is helping Massachusetts health officials look into a recent spike in HIV infections. The infections in Lowell and Lawrence have occurred largely among the homeless and people who inject drugs, authorities said Thursday.

    April 5, 2018
    General
    New York Daily News
  • The survey is partly sponsored by the United States government and Global Fund. It is the largest HIV survey ever done in the world. Partly because of the size of our population. We will be doing it across the country.

    April 4, 2018
    General
    Premium Times
  • Researchers have designed a new device to monitor patients’ compliance to antiretroviral drugs uptake after being exposed to HIV. The dispenser known as Wisepill is a small medicine box with a GSM communication chip to send a message if a dose is missed. Wisepill is targeting HIV-uninfected adolescent women. The gadget is on trial at Centre for Microbiology Research at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri).

    April 4, 2018
    Business Daily
  • Misconceptions about HIV infection and injection drug use could shut down the only project working to curb it.

    April 3, 2018
    General
    Bhekisisa
  • The popular gay dating app Grindr has been sharing its more than 3 million users' profile data — including HIV status — with two vendors, according to a report on Buzzfeed News. Now the company has promised to stop sharing the sensitive information.

    April 3, 2018
    General
    Kansas City Star
  • She never found out how she contracted the virus, and her boyfriend, who tested negative, left her after her diagnosis. She was only able to pay for her medical expenses with help from neighbors and a sympathetic nurse who petitioned for her to have some treatment for free. But her story is not uncommon.

    April 2, 2018
    Los Angeles Times
  • The dating app Grindr has been sharing data on whether its users have HIV with two outside companies, according to BuzzFeed and the Norwegian research nonprofit SINTEF….The company’s security chief, Bryce Case, told Axios that he felt Grindr was being “unfairly ... singled out” in light of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and said that the company’s practices didn’t deviate from the industry norm.

    April 2, 2018
    General
    The Verge
  • Coming to U.S. pharmacies this month is Cimduo, from drugmaker Mylan. It's essentially a copycat of Truvada (TDF/FTC), Gilead's blockbuster drug that's been used as a "backbone" of HIV regimens for more than a decade and, since 2012, has found a massive new profit boost as the drug used for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which actually prevents those who take it from acquiring HIV in the first place.

    April 2, 2018
    The Body
  • Thailand’s first community-led HIV clinic for people at high risk has opened in Chiang Rai serving homosexual men, transgender women and female sex workers.

    April 2, 2018
    The Nation
  • It’s a fair question, the why of it. Why would anyone never get an HIV test, ignore symptoms, stop their medications or hide their illness? Who exactly are these 7,000 people? What the hell happened?

    April 2, 2018
    POZ
  • This particularly sinister new strain of gonorrhea doesn’t respond to any known conventional gonorrhea regimens, making it particularly hard, and in some cases “impossible” to treat….Gonorrhea, like HIV, is only controllable if the drug regimens work. Drug resistance in HIV ranks among the top challenges that medical science is faced with today.

    April 2, 2018
    HIV Plus Mag
  • Quarraisha and Salim Abdool Karim are household names in South Africa and internationally. Their research into finding medical solutions to the scourge of AIDS needs no introduction.

    April 1, 2018
    Sunday Tribune
  • Sithembile Mkhize, 35, not her real name, is a sex worker who is HIV-negative and vows to stay that way, thanks to the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) pill, she takes every day.

    April 1, 2018
    IOL
  • She dreams of a white wedding, a career in social science and to have a family. Rumbidzai Chidora (22) is HIV-positive but did not understand it and lived in denial for most of her childhood, but is now a changed person.

    April 1, 2018
    The Standard
  • “Ending the AIDS epidemic in America? It’s possible. I think it could be done in the next three to seven years, if we put our mind to it,” he [Dr. Robert Redfield] said at the gathering at the agency’s main campus.

    March 29, 2018
    STAT

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