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7 DECEMBER 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 49

Media Coverage

  • PrEP services would be provided in 11 provinces by 2020 and aim to get 7,300 registrants.

    December 7, 2018
    VnExpress International
  • About 9.4 million people are likely HIV-positive and don't know it. That's a key finding from a new report from UNAIDS — and it's why the theme of this month's World AIDS Day is "Know your HIV status."

    December 7, 2018
    General
    NPR
  • American immunologist and Director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in the U.S., Dr. Anthony Fauci was a young doctor when he saw his first HIV/AIDS case. This was in 1981, and they were treating a strange illness that had no name. The now 78 year old and colleagues moved to treating opportunistic infections until 1987 when he took part in the study that gave the world the first HIV drug.

    December 5, 2018
    Independent
  • US Global Aids Coordinator, Amb. Deborah Birx, discusses the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR and its impact on HIV/AIDS in Africa.

    December 5, 2018
    General
    MSNBC
  • Philanthropic funding to fight the global AIDS epidemic dropped 5 percent last year, compared with 2016, for a decrease of about $37 million, according to a new report from Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA). This includes private support from groups ranging from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences.

    December 5, 2018
    General
    POZ
  • The HIV vaccine is currently being trialled in a programme called “Imbokodo” (meaning “rock” in Zulu) from the saying “You strike a woman, you strike a rock” and is backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The vaccine is being trialled by women between the ages of 18 and 35 years in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

    December 5, 2018
    Women's Health
  • Minister of Health and Social Services Bernhard Haufiku says sport and other gatherings can be successfully used to promote health among Namibians. In line with this, he was listing examples, such as HIV testing, voluntary male circumcision and various others. Haufiku made these remarks during the 30th commemoration of World Aids Day, which took place at Okongo in the Ohangwena region over the weekend.

    December 5, 2018
    General
    nbc
  • The Trump administration has thrown into doubt a multimillion-dollar research contract to test new treatments for HIV that relies on fetal tissue — work targeted by antiabortion lawmakers and social conservatives aligned with the president.

    December 4, 2018
    Cure, General, Treatment
    Washington Post
  • A Queensland research team are set to make HIV testing kits available in two Brisbane vending machines in a pilot program to increase testing rates.

    December 4, 2018
    General
    Q News
  • A new generation of drug buyers’ clubs like those set up at the height of the AIDS epidemic is seeking to combat a “crisis” in preventing new HIV infections by providing access to cheap generics of a breakthrough prophylactic.

    December 3, 2018
    Reuters
  • Those unable to flee are instead pushed underground and into hiding, kept from entering the outside world -- which blocks their access to health services, such as those protecting against HIV/AIDS.

    December 3, 2018
    General
    CNN
  • Seven-in-ten people with HIV taking combined antiretroviral therapy for the first time recover their CD4 cell count to above 500 cells/mm3, French researchers report in AIDS. Having a higher CD4 cell count and a higher CD4/CD8 ratio at the time of starting treatment predicted CD4 recovery (strongly, for the former; to a certain extent, for the latter).

    December 3, 2018
    aidsmap
  • Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), taken as a once-daily pill, has been hailed the world over as one of the major HIV prevention interventions in the fight against AIDS. Yet, apart form sex workers, very few South Africans are using PrEP or even know it exists.

    December 3, 2018
    Health-E
  • Although the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV has dropped from 20 percent to 1 percent over the past 10 years, the KZN MEC for Health vows to completely eradicate it. Speaking in light of World AIDS Day, MEC Dhlomo said the focus should now be on ensuring that not a single baby acquires HIV from their mother.

    December 3, 2018
    General
    IOL
  • Pakistan is registering approximately 20,000 new HIV infections annually, the highest rate of increase among all countries in the region, warns the World Health Organization (WHO).

    December 2, 2018
    VOA News
  • This World AIDS Day again finds the United States as a recognized leader of the global AIDS response, but at the same time a controversial choice as host of the next International AIDS Conference, which is scheduled for July 2020 in Oakland and San Francisco.

    December 1, 2018
    General
    The Hill
  • One path researchers are exploring is a long-acting, injectable version of anti-HIV drugs, which people would receive about every eight weeks. Like the daily pills, these drugs prevent HIV from making more copies of itself–but they are delivered in different formulations, including nanoparticles that allow small amounts to be released slowly over longer periods of time.

    December 1, 2018
    TIME
  • Namibia used to have one of the highest HIV-prevalence rates in the world, but in the past 15 years, the number of new HIV infections has halved.

    December 1, 2018
    General
    BBC
  • A Montreal doctor has created an app allowing people to have access to HIV testing from home.

    December 1, 2018
    General
    CBC
  • When it comes to HIV, it took scientists 22 years to realise the modest results from the Thailand trial (RV144) in 2009.

    December 1, 2018
    The East African
  • One in 48 Black women in the United States will contract HIV in her lifetime. But knowledge of—and access to—the pill that can prevent infection remains a problem.

    November 30, 2018
    Rewire.News
  • Nearly five decades after the first HIV cases were reported in the United States, an epidemic persists. Despite effective antiretroviral medications for both treatment and prevention, new cases continue to mount, with nearly 39,000 new HIV diagnoses in 2017 alone. But experts agree the country has the tools to finally end the epidemic at home by 2025.

    November 30, 2018
    General
    Huffington Post
  • NIAID recently announced plans to discontinue funding research into topical drugs known as microbicides if they only work locally. Instead, they are doubling down on solutions that can protect a person no matter where in the body they are exposed to the virus. This means pills and injections of long-acting HIV prevention drugs now in development. If topical drugs can be re-engineered to protect the whole body, they could also be funded, said Carl Dieffenbach, director of NIAID’s Division of AIDS.

    November 29, 2018
    General, Microbicides, PrEP
    Rewire.News
  • PrEP is great at blocking HIV, but as its use grows, so do fears that people will be more sexually reckless and spread other STIs. But researchers are coming to think that the opposite could be true.

    November 27, 2018
    Mosaic

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