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Tattoo parlours pose infection risk, warn health experts

Shops offering tattoos and piercings pose an infection risk, and laws on who works in them should be tightened, say public health experts.

Published
17 June 2019
From
BBC News
HIV epidemic in children in Pakistan raises concern

Experts suspect there is no single source but that the outbreak is the result of years of widespread practice of poor infection control. She said that, in many communities, patients often turn to small, under-regulated clinics which can provide quick and affordable medical care. Health workers there might reuse needles when giving injections and administering intravenous therapy. There are also unregulated blood banks, which could easily spread the virus.

Published
12 June 2019
From
The Lancet (requires free registration)
More than half of HIV patients in Pakistan's Sindh province remain without treatment

More than half of the 751 people diagnosed with HIV in Pakistan's Sindh province remain without treatment, according to the WHO.

Published
11 June 2019
From
Times of India
WHO supports response to HIV outbreak in Sindh, Pakistan

An international team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) has arrived in Pakistan to support the response to an outbreak of HIV in Larkana in Sindh province, Pakistan, at the request of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination. The outbreak was first reported on 25 April 2019, and so far more than 600 HIV cases have been identified. The majority are among children and young people: more than half those affected are children under the age of 5.

Published
03 June 2019
From
World Health Organization
Medical Investigation: How Did 494 Children In One Pakistani City Get HIV?

Dr. Minhaj Kidwai believes that the outbreak is a result of "contaminated syringes, syringes that are reused for injections in children, unscreened blood transfusions and reuse of dextrose and saline drips."

Published
22 May 2019
From
NPR
Hundreds of Pakistanis infected with HIV after doctor used contaminated dirty syringes

Pakistan was long considered a low prevalence country for HIV, but the disease is expanding at an alarming rate. The country currently has the second fastest growing HIV rates across Asia, according to the UN.

Published
16 May 2019
From
South China Morning Post
Why the infected blood enquiry matters

Our infection through medical treatment for haemophilia caused the media to obsess about our ‘innocence’ in getting HIV and, even if they did not say it out loud, everyone could guess who the ‘guilty’ were.

Published
10 May 2019
From
National AIDS Trust
Infected blood scandal: key files overlooked by Department of Health

Exclusive: documents missed in supposedly thorough search appear vital to public inquiry

Published
07 May 2019
From
The Guardian
Infected blood may have been given after safe date, inquiry hears

Testimony raises questions about assurances provided on screening out of hepatitis C

Published
03 May 2019
From
The Guardian
Blood scandal teens made pact to discover their killer

A group of teenagers with haemophilia who were infected by contaminated blood made a pact that whoever survived would find out what was killing them, a public inquiry has heard.

Published
03 May 2019
From
BBC News
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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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