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UNAIDS report overlooks significant aspects of the global HIV response

UNAIDS' World AIDS Day 2018 report is selectively silent on persistently high AIDS mortality and looming treatment rationing in light of donor disengagement.

Published
30 November 2018
From
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Q&A: Privacy ‘not keeping pace’ with digital health

The pace of technological advancement in digital health – where smartphones and the internet are being used to personalise health services – is moving faster than policies to ensure people’s data is being protected, according to Patricia Mechael, co-founder of the non-profit organisation HealthEnabled. For example, officials in Tanzania used health records to identify gay men.

Published
29 November 2018
From
Sci Dev Net
Integrating the exceptional in an evolving response to AIDS

How do we keep what is valuable from the vertical approach to HIV while simultaneously broadening the health services delivered?

Published
15 November 2018
From
Friends of the Global Fight
49th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Integrating HIV treatment and TB preventative therapy greatly improves IPT adherence

When tuberculosis preventive therapy is delivered with HIV treatment services and patients get a choice in where they access treatment, completion of tuberculosis preventive therapy rises, helping to ensure people living with HIV stay healthy, researchers said here. This model of prevention should be scaled up in TB-HIV high burden settings, researchers said.

Published
05 November 2018
From
Science Speaks
What it’s like to provide HIV care to people without housing

How can a person take daily medications if they’re constantly having their belongings stolen? Or prioritize going to medical appointments if they’re just worried about where their next meal will come from? How can they contact their doctor with questions, if they can’t afford a mobile phone plan?

Published
29 October 2018
From
BETA blog
Why integrating HIV with non-HIV services in Uganda won’t work

Several policies, including World Health Organisation guidelines, have outlined ways in which HIV services can be integrated into general health services. But, our research in Uganda shows that the country is not prepared for this integration. This is because general clinic staff don’t have specialist HIV knowledge, as well as the fact that sheer numbers of HIV clients will make it difficult.

Published
22 October 2018
From
The Conversation
Zambia: Patients With HIV Will Forgo Short Wait Time, Travel Distance to Access Nice Providers

Patients with HIV indicated a strong preference for “nice” over “rude” providers and a willingness to wait 19 hours more or travel 28 miles farther to see nice rather than rude providers.

Published
03 September 2018
From
American Journal of Managed Care
Patient Navigation Associated With Positive Outcomes in HIV

Patient navigation programs in HIV care are positively associated with HIV care continuum outcomes such as maintenance of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and retention in care, according to a study published in AIDS.

Published
30 August 2018
From
Clinical Advisor
Kenya:We Have Adequate HIV Drugs and Test Kits, Says Ministry

As the drug shortage in public health facilities continues to bite, the Ministry of Health (MoH)) has reassured Kenyans of continued supplies of essential HIV drugs and test kits. "There were delays in the delivery of 540,730 patient packs of boosted atazanavir due to global supply constraints of raw materials or active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)," Health Secretary Peter Tum said.

Published
21 August 2018
From
AllAfrica.com
The final frontier in the fight against Aids? There is still one region where HIV infection rates are on the rise

Huge global progress has been made in tackling an epidemic which has claimed over 35 million lives since the 1980s. But there’s one region in the world where infection rates from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – the pathogen that causes Aids – have been quietly rising in recent years. The HIV crisis in eastern Europe and central Asia – which gathered pace in the two decades following the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 – has now reached epidemic proportions.

Published
16 August 2018
From
Daily Telegraph
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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