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9 FEBRUARY 2018 VOLUME 19 ISSUE 6

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  • Technical advances in vaccine production should shorten the time to clinical trials, breaking the logjam of promising new candidate vaccines waiting to be tested.

    February 9, 2018
    Science Daily
  • A ground-breaking HIV prevention drug has been approved for taxpayer subsidy in Australia — marking a major milestone in the four decades long battle against HIV and AIDS....The decision is expected to see the over-the-counter cost of the drug drop from up to $1,000 to about $40.

    February 9, 2018
    ABC News
  • Use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has expanded rapidly in recent years among beneficiaries of California’s Medicaid system, known as Medi-Cal. Following trends seen across the country, white men older than 25 are the predominant population using Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine) as prevention for HIV.

    February 8, 2018
    POZ
  • New Zealand has just become one of only a few countries in the world to publicly fund PrEP and the price for patients is ridiculously cheap….Truvada will be available at a subsidized rate from 1 March to people at high risk of acquiring HIV….Another massive win for NZAF was PHARMAC’s decision to follow its advice and include trans men as being eligible to access the subsidized PrEP.

    February 7, 2018
    Gay Star News
  • Young women in Zimbabwe have a higher risk of HIV infection if they have a sexual partner who is 10 or more years older than them, investigators have reported in the online edition of AIDS.

    February 7, 2018
    News Day
  • Indian officials are investigating claims that a fake doctor in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh has infected at least 33 people with HIV with a used syringe.

    February 7, 2018
    General
    BBC
  • Phill Wilson, the longtime president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, will retire from the organization he launched in 1999, according to a press release from the institute. Although the retirement is not immediate, the organization is now embarking on a national search for a new CEO.

    February 6, 2018
    General
    POZ
  • It’s being called a significant breakthrough that could hasten an eventual HIV cure. A research team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center has changed the chemical structure of an existing antiviral drug to penetrate hard to reach cells and tissues where HIV resides.

    February 6, 2018
    KForNow
  • The Southeast's largest supermarket chain announced Tuesday that it is changing its employee prescription plan to cover a drug that helps prevent HIV infections, remedying an omission that doctors and gay rights groups said was highly unusual.

    February 6, 2018
    ABC News
  • South Africa's Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism has this opinion piece on the intersection of hormonal contraception, HIV prevention and empowerment from Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, the Vice Chairperson of South Africa's Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition.

    February 5, 2018
    Bhekisisa
  • Circumcision of babies, medically known as early infant medical male circumcision (EIMC), is not traditionally practised in Kenya. However, the government prioritises it in the Second National Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Strategy 2014-19.

    February 5, 2018
    The Star
  • The rates of HIV among incarcerated women are higher than those of their non-incarcerated counterparts. In 2009 and 2010, the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 1.5% of women in state and federal prisons were living with HIV or AIDS, a slight decrease from the nearly 2% in previous years. These numbers do not include the number of trans women with HIV housed in men's facilities.

    February 5, 2018
    The Body
  • Several decades on, the effective HIV prevention strategies put in place in Switzerland in the 1980s are considered models of excellence. A new book describes how the road was paved by those who fought prevailing conditions to push for change.

    February 5, 2018
    General
    Swiss Info
  • Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out, US government officials said.

    February 1, 2018
    General
    Washington Post

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