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  • Zimbabwe on track to achieve virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV

    In 2010, when the project began, Zimbabwe had one of the highest burdens of new HIV infections in the world, with a mother-to-child HIV transmission rate of approximately 30 percent. Today, the rate of transmission has been reduced to 6.7 percent and is continuing to fall, putting Zimbabwe on track to be one of the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

    19 November 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Nigeria: Dwindling Funds, Dearth of Personnel Impede Fight Against HIV/Aids

    A total of 3.2 million persons are currently living with HIV in Nigeria, making the national HIV prevalence rate to stand at 3.2%. The current prevalence rate represents a drop from the 3.5% prevalence statistics recorded in the country over the last decade, thanks to the financial and technical assistance from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). However unless urgent steps are taken by the Federal Government to take full ownership of funding and supply of commodities and drugs for management of the epidemic, the gains made, especially in the reversal of spread of the virus through Prevention of Mother to Child transmission may collapse, leading to resurgence and new deaths.

    17 November 2015 |
  • Yemen: Treating HIV/AIDS beneath the bombs

    In the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula, more than 1,300 people living with HIV/AIDS are receiving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, around half of them in the capital, Sana’a. With the outbreak of war in March 2015, ensuring the continuity of the treatment is a critical challenge.

    03 November 2015 | Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Simplified HIV Test and same-day treat program associated with better coverage and much lower mortality in China

    A 'Test and Treat' protocol for HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment, implemented in two Guangxi, China counties in 2012, was associated with increased engagement in HIV/AIDS care and a 62 percent reduction in mortality among participants, according to a new study. This before-and-after analysis suggests that broader implementation of the program may inexpensively improve outcomes for HIV-positive individuals in China.

    08 October 2015 | Science Daily
  • San Francisco Is Changing Face of AIDS Treatment

    San Francisco is serving as a model for other cities. The city that was once the epidemic’s ground zero now has only a few hundred new cases a year, the result of a raft of creative programs that have sent infection rates plummeting.

    06 October 2015 | New York Times
  • HIV: Experience Level of Family Physicians Matters

    The study found that family physician HIV experience was strongly associated with receipt of ART by HIV-positive patients, especially among those seeing only family physicians for their care; those seeing a family physician with the highest level of HIV experience were almost twice as likely to receive ART as counterparts seeing less experienced family physicians.

    03 October 2015 | Medscape (requires free registration)
  • Ebola is all but over, but the postmortem on the World Health Organization is just getting started

    Thousands died in west Africa, but the biggest victim could be the ineffectual World Health Organization, which acted far too slowly to contain the outbreak. A year after the peak of the Ebola epidemic, which killed more than 11,300 people and threw the US and Europe into a panic, it is the global health system that is under scrutiny. In particular, the WHO is in the dock for failing to act soon enough. Big questions are being asked about its competence and its future.

    01 October 2015 | The Guardian
  • San Francisco AIDS Foundation Opens Groundbreaking Health and Wellness Center for Gay and Bi Men

    The San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) is funding the programmatic expansion and renovation costs associated with its groundbreaking new center for gay and bisexual men’s health and wellness at 470 Castro Street. Slated to open in October, the new center is named “Strut” and brings together the foundation’s well-known and popular free services for sexual health, substance use and mental health, and community engagement and support.

    15 September 2015 |
  • Simplified HIV Test and Treat program associated with better coverage and lower mortality

    A "Test and Treat" protocol for HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment, implemented in two Guangxi, China counties in 2012, was associated with increased engagement in HIV/AIDS care and a 62% reduction in mortality among participants, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

    09 September 2015 | EurekAlert
  • Global Fund Partnership Forum Discusses Strategy for New Era

    Partners in global health began discussions today aimed at shaping a new strategy for the Global Fund partnership to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. The Partnership Forum brought together over 10 participants from communities affected by the diseases, civil society, nongovernmental organizations, governments, technical partners and the private sector to a two-day gathering to influence the development of the Global Fund's new strategy. Recent scientific advances and growing experience in implementation mean there is an historic opportunity to end the three diseases as public health threats. Aida Kurtovic, the Vice-Chair of the Global Fund Board, said: "We need an ambitious strategy that puts us in a position to eliminate the three diseases."

    08 September 2015 |
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