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.
17 hours ago | Science Daily
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
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)
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
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 | HIVEqual.org
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
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 | AllAfrica.com
Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that are randomly discarded are becoming a regular occurrence in the informal settlements and a cause for concern, because small children pick the pills up and chew on them. Community activist Anna Mooya believes people on treatment are throwing away their drugs, because they do not have enough food to eat. "Some complain of hunger, that their faces swell up [when they take the medication], they feel dizzy and sometimes get stressed out. They do face a lot of challenges," she said.
19 August 2015 | AllAfrica.com
Helen Bygrave of MSF discusses her frustrations with the lack of implementation of simple, programmatic strategies for improving HIV care.
21 July 2015 | PLOS Blogs
Study also showed that most commonly used measure — CD4 count does not give accurate projection of illness risk.
21 July 2015 | Science Speaks