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5 African countries approach control of their HIV epidemics

Data released today from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) show that the HIV epidemic is coming under control in Lesotho. These results add to prior PEPFAR-supported Population-based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIAs) announced in the last nine months for Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Together, these data demonstrate impressive progress toward controlling the HIV epidemics in the five countries.

Published
19 September 2017
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
South Africa death rates declined due to HIV success – report

Death rates have declined, largely due to successes in HIV, but a lot more needs to be done to defeat its “terrible twin”, tuberculosis (TB).

Published
23 August 2017
From
Health-e
AIDS deaths are almost half of what they were in 2005 — but experts worry Trump could reverse that

“If the president’s budget were enacted, we would see the progress that has been gained over the last decade reversed very quickly, and all of the hard-fought gains reversed almost quicker than we achieved them,” said Mitchell Warren, executive director of HIV-prevention advocacy group AVAC.

Published
21 July 2017
From
Mic
HIV numbers 'terrifying' in Philippines as more millennials are diagnosed

Millennials living in the Philippines are the most likely to receive a positive HIV diagnosis. Monthly figures from April show there were 629 new notifications of HIV in the Philippines. More than half of those people were aged between 15 and 34 years old.

Published
03 July 2017
From
Gay Star News
More gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia, less HIV, at Dutch STI clinics

An increasing number of clients tested at a Dutch STI clinic for a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is diagnosed with gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia. However the number of HIV diagnoses has declined for years. At the STI clinics, 285 new HIV diagnoses were detected in 2016, of which 93 percent were MSM.

Published
30 June 2017
From
RIVM
Fall in new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men (MSM) at selected London sexual health clinics since early 2015: testing or treatment or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)?

Since October 2015 up to September 2016, HIV diagnoses fell by 32% compared with October 2014–September 2015 among men who have sex with men (MSM) attending selected London sexual health clinics. This coincided with high HIV testing volumes and rapid initiation of treatment on diagnosis. The fall was most apparent in new HIV testers. Intensified testing of high-risk populations, combined with immediately received anti-retroviral therapy and a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programme, may make elimination of HIV achievable.

Published
26 June 2017
From
Eurosurveillance
Fall in HIV among gay men could spell end for Britain's epidemic, say experts

New data from Public Health England talks about the potential elimination of HIV, revealing the first downturn in the epidemic among gay and bisexual men since it began, thanks to a combination of frequent testing of people at high risk of infection and rapid treatment.

Published
22 June 2017
From
The Guardian
Liberia Way Behind in HIV Response, Kicks-off 'Catch-up' Plan

UNAIDS' new Country Director, Ms. Miriam Chipimo, says she looks forward to contributing to the response of HIV prevalence in Liberia. Ms. Chipimo stated: “We haven’t reached most of the people around the country for testing; we have only reached 26 percent of those who are positive with the virus.” She also indicated that of the estimated 40,000 persons living with the virus throughout the country, 6,000 of them need treatment.

Published
18 May 2017
From
Liberian Daily Observer
HIV and Aids Prevalence On the Decrease in Malawi

Malawi's National Aids Commission (NAC) has said HIV and Aids prevalence rate is decreasing in the country. statistics for 2010 indicate that 10 percent of people in Malawi were living with HIV and Aids while the 2016/17 statistics show that eight percent of people in Malawi are living with the virus that causes Aids.

Published
18 May 2017
From
Nyasa Times
HIV notifications down 16 per cent in Queensland compared to same period in 2016

There have been 48 HIV notifications in Queensland until April 2, compared with 57 to the same period in 2016.

Published
18 April 2017
From
Brisbane Times
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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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