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6 January 2017 VOLUME 18 ISSUE 1

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  • A new injectable drug could change the face of HIV prevention and the revolution might start right here in South Africa.

    January 6, 2017
    Bhekisisa
  • Intarcia Therapeutics is developing implantable pump which holds six or 12 months’ supply of medicine.

    January 6, 2017
    Wall Street Journal
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is investing up to $140 million in the creation of a subdermal implant that can continuously release PrEP for up to one year before needing to be replaced.

    January 6, 2017
    Huffington Post
  • The clinic.... the largest sexual health clinic in the UK, saw an unprecedented 40% drop in new HIV diagnoses this year....It therefore looks very possible that PrEP may have been a significant contributor to the drop in diagnoses, despite the fact that it is still not generally available in the UK.

    January 5, 2017
    aidsmap
  • "PrEP drugs cannot put an end to HIV/Aids on their own”, Dr [Anthony] Fauci warns. “They will have to be coupled with other approaches including a vaccine that prevents infection. “If deployed alongside our current armoury of HIV prevention tools,” he says, the combination “could be the final nail in the coffin for HIV”.

    January 5, 2017
    Financial Times
  • Outgoing US President Barack Obama has given Kenya’s fight against HIV/Aids a huge boost with the injection of $306 million (Sh31.4 billion) into treatment and prevention programmes, which will be rolled out in 23 counties across the country over a five-year period,...according to procurement documents by the US Agency for International Development (USAid).

    January 5, 2017
    Business Daily
  • As President-elect Trump considers submitting a fiscal year 2018 budget request to Congress, scores of government funding issues will be intensely debated. America’s investment in global health is one area that should stand outside the political fray.

    January 5, 2017
    The Hill
  • The model was based on rollout of VMMC to cover 90% of males aged 15-49 years. The investigators modelled three viral suppression scenarios, two of which involved viral suppression rates below the 90% target. In all three scenarios, male circumcision would reduce HIV incidence to at least levels predicted with 90% viral suppression, even when suppression rates were as low as 75%.

    January 5, 2017
    aidsmap
  • Concerned about their patients’ access to care, HIV professionals all over the country are urging Congress not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a suitable replacement, and to sustain a federal commitment to Medicaid. More than 950 physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other medical professionals from 37 states and the District of Columbia signed a letter sent to Congress on the first day the Republican-led legislature was back in session.

    January 4, 2017
    Healio
  • This month, the CDC released the Annual HIV Surveillance Report—a detailed report that serves as our primary source of who’s getting HIV in the U.S. year by year...Overall, the number of HIV infections every year is going down. But among men who have sex with men, the number of new HIV infections has remained surprisingly stable....What’s going on...?

    January 4, 2017
    Beta Blog
  • Among a large group of people accessing Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis from a Northern California health system, quarterly rates of rectal gonorrhea and urethral chlamydia increased steadily and about doubled after one year....The cohort study also found that older individuals on PrEP were at greater risk of reduced kidney function.

    January 4, 2017
    POZ
  • Scientists at the University of York have harnessed the therapeutic effects of carbon monoxide-releasing molecules to develop a new antibiotic which could be used to treat the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea,...the second most common sexually transmitted infection in England [and] becoming untreatable.

    January 4, 2017
    Science Daily
  • Viral load testing...is currently available in only three cities of Pakistan. To fill this gap, the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) will now be availing the Aga Khan University Hospital’s (AKUH) 200 plus nationwide network of collection units to collect blood samples from far-flung areas. Tests will be performed free of cost at the state-of-the-art AKUH laboratory in Karachi and results shared with treatment centres as well as NACP.

    January 4, 2017
    The News
  • Libya’s collapsed medical services, one of the consequences of the on-going civil war and political unrest,...have forced the WHO to distribute anti-retroviral drugs to Libyans living with HIV....The agency is working closely with the health ministry to develop and implement surveillance and health system assessment mechanisms....[and] reinstate the HIV-related infrastructure halted at the start of the war in 2011.

    January 4, 2017
    Channel Africa
  • Two HIV policy experts from the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law [School] working in partnership with NMAC have released the first of two reports to help prevent HIV in communities of color. The "Blueprint for HIV Biomedical Prevention: State of the State" was released on December 3, 2016 at the National HIV PrEP Summit in San Francisco.

    January 3, 2017
    News-Medical
  • After 26 years of pioneering efforts to help intravenous drug users avoid contracting HIV/AIDS, New Haven government is getting out of the needle exchange business....Mayoral spokesman Laurence Grotheer...said the city’s health department is handing off the program — and the state money that funds it —to the Yale School of Medicine, which will run it out of its existing community health care van.

    January 3, 2017
    New Haven Independent
  • A Christian youth leader is taking on one of Malawi's oldest taboos in an attempt to help tackle the country's HIV pandemic. Chatonda Mhango, youth chairman of one of the country's largest Presbyterian ministries, wants contraception to be discussed as a means of HIV and Aids prevention in churches. Yet the idea is widely condemned by churches across sub-Saharan Africa because it is seen as synonymous with promiscuity.

    January 3, 2017
    Times of India
  • 2016 has been an exciting year for HIV research and news. Here's a look at some of the top HIV stories this past year: http://www.hivequal.org/hiv-equal-online/2016-an-hiv-year-in-review?slide=1.

    January 3, 2017
    HIV Equal
  • Researchers are starting clinical studies on a new form of HIV prevention that would only have to be taken once every two months. This would be a leap forward for medicine, but it apparently isn’t reaching all prospective patients equally: No cisgender women or trans men will be included....The reason is because gay men and trans women are still the most vulnerable populations for HIV, according to health advocates.

    January 3, 2017
    Outline
  • Though roughly one percent of Russians are HIV-positive,...Russia eschews more modern tactics of fighting HIV and instead favors a zero-tolerance policy for drug use and 'moral education,' the preferred cure of the Orthodox Church. Now, however, it has added a third tactic: a national registry of HIV patients, launched with the new year.

    January 3, 2017
    Foreign Policy
  • [Truvada], the daily [HIV prevention] pill, may be overshadowed by an even simpler method — a single flu shot-like injection at the doctor's office, once every two months....The NIH announced last week that it was entering the first-ever global clinical trial of an injectable HIV-prevention drug called cabotegravir, in eight countries...in the Americas, Africa, and Asia...., pulling from groups with the highest rates of new infections.

    January 2, 2017
    NBC Connecticut
  • “The last person that I train, I want that training to be in something other than HIV”, says Jared Baeten. Speaking to the HIV Research for Prevention Conference (HIVR4P) in Chicago, IL, USA, where he has brought a 12-strong team of his researchers, Baeten explains: “When that time comes, I want HIV to have been eliminated as public health threat, so we can focus on other diseases”.

    January 2, 2017
    Lancet
  • HIV infection has always been associated with reports of complex hormonal and metabolic abnormalities,...the majority...in HIV-positive men. A team of...Vancouver researchers have focused on measuring...blood samples from HIV-positive women [and] found that factors such as increasing age, body mass index and, in some cases, having a high viral load prior to starting ART, were associated with hormonal and metabolic abnormalities.

    December 30, 2016
    BodyPro
  • Another individual may have been cured of HIV after receiving a stem-cell transplant from a donor with a natural resistance to the virus, similar to the..."Berlin Patient"....Another study finds that long-acting injectable rilpivirine (Edurant) significantly suppresses HIV replication in rectal tissue. And inflammation levels in women do not seem to decrease as much as levels in men after achieving viral suppression, a study suggests.

    December 30, 2016
    BodyPro
  • The number of Russians who have received a positive HIV diagnosis passed the one million mark this year. There is, however, little indication that the government will commit adequate resources to stem acceleration of the virus from high-risk groups into the general population....[T]he combination of indifference toward victims, government financial austerity, hostility toward foreign funds and a powerful camp of AIDS deniers all amounts to lack of a coherent national effort.

    December 28, 2016
    NY Times
  • MedPage Today asked specialists in infectious diseases around the country to tell us what they thought were the most important clinical developments in 2016. These were the most commonly mentioned, along with excerpts supporting their nominations:...[Number] 3. New HIV Strategies.

    December 27, 2016
    MedPage Today
  • June's UK/EU Referendum precipitated.. Priti Patel's appointment as secretary of state for international development. She announced more action to curb corruption by increasing accountability and transparency and demanding UK aid is strictly linked to results,...demonstrated in September when the UK pledged £1.1 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria only if several conditions around transparency and effectiveness were met.

    December 21, 2016
    Thomson Reuters
  • People living with HIV are increasingly experiencing a range of non-AIDS-related co-morbidities as the population ages, including cardiovascular disease, kidney impairment and bone loss leading to fractures, according to research presented at the IDWeek 2016 meeting in New Orleans in October.

    December 19, 2016
    aidsmap
  • Certain protease inhibitors, among the most effective HIV drugs, lead to the production of the peptide beta amyloid, often associated with Alzheimer's disease, and may be the cause of cognitive problems, report researchers...from the University of Pennsylvania, [who] have now pinpointed some of the key players in causing neuronal damage.

    December 16, 2016
    Science Daily
  • Here are the treatment news stories with the most views this year.

    December 12, 2016
    POZ
  • Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates sat down to answer questions from African academics about HIV/AIDS.

    November 30, 2016
    Mail&Guardian Africa
  • LGBT rights advocates and allies from all over the world have gathered in Bangkok....for the 28th ILGA World Conference.

    November 30, 2016
    Washington Blade
  • PrEP is not a magic bullet. But we won’t end the HIV epidemic without it.

    November 30, 2016
    Bhekisisa
  • A growing range of HIV self-test (HIVST] kits, however, are bringing renewed hope of achieving the 90-90-90 targets....But it is a largely untested technology and, as a result, the WHO has published new guidelines for its implementation....[and] joined with UNITAID and non-profit PSI to run an HIVST project called STAR...in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, using a range of devices to test how they can be distributed and used in communities.

    November 29, 2016
    Deutsche Welle
  • The Venezuelan Society of Infectious Diseases, SVI, warns that the lives of HIV patients are in danger due to shortages of medicine and unscheduled treatment changes that make HIV/AIDS "impossible to control"....In the past year, serious shortages of anti-retroviral medications...have "exacerbated" and threatened the lives of Venezuela's HIV-positive population, SVI said.

    November 8, 2016
    UPI

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