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  • Voucher incentives improve engagement with HIV care among people who inject drugs

    Providing vouchers exchangeable for food or household goods boosts rates of linkage and retention in HIV care among people living with HIV who inject drugs, according to research published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. However, voucher incentives ...

    07 May 2014 | Michael Carter
  • Abolishing HIV in Rwanda

    The achievement of universal HIV coverage in one African country, Rwanda, has resulted in HIV diagnoses more than halving and annual incidence falling by 90%, the 2014 Treatment as Prevention workshop in Vancouver heard earlier this month. Edward Mills of the ...

    16 April 2014 | Gus Cairns
  • Can we provide point-of-care viral load tests in poor countries?

    It is not impossible to provide mobile, point-of-care viral load tests in resource-poor settings, the 2014 Treatment as Prevention workshop in Vancouver heard last week. By using a number of techniques including sample pooling, high throughput, and training lay testers, it ...

    10 April 2014 | Gus Cairns
  • Risk score can help predict which people living with HIV have highest risk of kidney disease during tenofovir treatment

    Investigators in the United States have developed a risk score to predict which people living with HIV have the highest risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Published in the online edition of AIDS, the risk score is based on ...

    31 March 2014 | Michael Carter
  • Male life expectancy nine years shorter due to lower male uptake of HIV treatment in rural South Africa

    Male life expectancy in rural South Africa has improved far less dramatically than women’s life expectancy since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy, due to a growing disparity in uptake of treatment, an international research group reported on Thursday at the ...

    06 March 2014 | Keith Alcorn
  • People with HIV more likely to die after diagnosis of many common cancers in US

    People with HIV are more likely to die from many common cancers than the rest of the US population, according to a large US comparative study presented on Wednesday at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) ...

    05 March 2014 | Keith Alcorn
  • High incidence of antiretroviral prescribing errors in Nigeria

    Antiretroviral prescribing errors are common in Nigeria, according to results of a large prospective study published in PLOS ONE. Errors were detected in the prescriptions of almost all adult patients. Common errors included prescribing incorrect antiretroviral drugs or combinations; prescribing drugs ...

    07 February 2014 | Michael Carter
  • HIV associated with increased risk of MDR-TB

    HIV infection is associated with an increased risk of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), results of a systematic review and meta-analysis published in PLOS ONE show. HIV increased the risk of MDR-TB by 24%. The analysis included 24 separate studies with ...

    05 February 2014 | Michael Carter
  • Successful HIV drug resistance testing is possible when viral load is low

    HIV drug resistance testing can perform well, even when viral load is as low as 250 copies/ml, results of two studies published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases show. In one study, genotyping was successfully performed on ...

    27 January 2014 | Michael Carter
  • Ongoing challenges in providing PMTCT in Kenya and Malawi

    Ongoing systemic issues are affecting the implementation of the 2010 World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programmes in Kenya, according to a study presented at the 17th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa ...

    24 January 2014 | Lesley Odendal
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  • Study points the way forward for global HIV services and other chronic conditions

    Millions of people in need would benefit from HIV services in developing countries that are moving towards universal health coverage if these services were run more efficiently and integrated better.

    03 July 2014 | HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
  • Kenya: Is integrated methadone and HIV care possible?

    In Kenya, people who inject drugs have a constant daily battle with poverty and addiction. From waking to sleeping, they need to get money to live. This battle takes time. Their HIV care has to come second to the immediate need to survive. People who inject drugs say that lack of time is the main reason they do not access HIV care.

    13 June 2014 | International HIV/AIDS Alliance
  • “I Can Improve Things”: An HIV Peer Counselor in the Dominican Republic

    Stigma makes it difficult for HIV-positive pregnant women to ask questions and get the information they need to cope with their diagnosis and navigate treatment. HIV peer counselors play an important role in countering this.

    06 June 2014 | USAID CapacityPlus (blog)
  • ‘Appalling service’ provided by Healthcare at Home leaves patients without drugs

    Thousands of NHS patients, some seriously ill, have not received vital medicines on time because of problems at the company contracted to deliver the drugs to these patients in their own homes. The failures in the service offered by Healthcare at Home have been described by patient groups as ‘appalling’ and ‘unsafe’, and have left patients with live-threatening conditions frightened about their ability to get hold of their drugs.

    03 June 2014 | Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Divided Opinions on Feasibility of Kenya’s Option B+ Roll Out

    Kenya’s health sector has been facing significant challenges, ranging from a shortage of health care providers to a series of labour strikes. The problems have not only disrupted health services, but have HIV experts divided on whether to roll out Option B+ nationwide or just to pilot it in high volume facilities such as major referral hospitals.

    29 May 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • Why Did AIDS Ravage the U.S. More Than Any Other Developed Country?

    "It’s best understood as a function of health disparities writ large,” says Chris Beyrer. The core difference between the United States and Western Europe, he says, is that “we’re a much bigger, much more complex, and much more unjust country.”

    13 May 2014 | The New Republic
  • AVERT-funded home-based care study featured in PLOS ONE

    The study assessed challenges facing home-based care providers in rural South Africa in the context of HIV and AIDS. The PLOS ONE article focuses on outputs of the research regarding poor referral systems between hospitals/clinics and community care workers, and the trend of these care workers using their own funds and food to support clients.

    06 May 2014 | AVERT
  • Motorbikes Speed Up HIV Test Results in Malawi

    Improvements to Malawi’s network for transporting laboratory samples will help people living with HIV get vital test results quicker. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) plans to work with motorcycle couriers Riders for Health to expand the laboratory samples transportation network in Malawi.

    22 April 2014 | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (blog)
  • Uganda police raid U.S. military AIDS clinic, order it shut

    Activists in Uganda report that plain-clothes police raided a U.S. military-affiliated AIDS services clinic in Kampala today, accused it of promoting homosexuality, and ordered it to close. The clinic has been one of relatively few health-care facilities in the city that willingly treat LGBT people.

    03 April 2014 |
  • Forgotten Negatives: The Limits of Treatment as Prevention

    The CDC’s High-Impact Prevention strategy takes aim at the stubborn HIV incidence rate in the United States. The only problem: it doesn’t include an ambitious plan for those at risk for the virus.

    02 April 2014 | Treatment Action Group
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