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About 15% of Americans with HIV don't know they're infected, report says

Half of the Americans recently diagnosed with HIV had been living with the virus for at least three years without realizing it, missing out on opportunities for early treatment and in some cases spreading it to others, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Published
29 November 2017
From
Los Angeles Times
US: Most women diagnosed with HIV not linked to care

More than half of women surveyed in the United States and its territories who tested positive for HIV in 2015 had received a diagnosis in the past; however, most were not linked to care, according to a recent MMWR.

Published
23 October 2017
From
Healio
Malawi:Meeting Men Halfway - HIV Clinics Are Going Mobile to Reach Toughest Patients

For decades, we've struggled to solve the riddle: How do you get reluctant men to test for HIV. Could we finally have an answer?

Published
18 October 2017
From
AllAfrica
Paediatric to adult HIV care transition – the risk of disengagement

Young adults represent a growing proportion of the number of people living with HIV in the USA, but they are at high-risk of disengaging from care when transitioning from paediatric to adult services.

Published
04 September 2017
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AVERT
For HIV patients fewer clinic visits means better treatment retention, Zambia study finds

Patients receiving care for HIV who were scheduled for clinic visits every six months were less likely to show up late, miss visits, have gaps in treatment, and drop off treatment rolls than patients scheduled every three months, a study in Zambia has shown.

Published
29 August 2017
From
Science Speaks
HIV: MSF concerned by high numbers of AIDS deaths in sub-Saharan Africa

Global attention is needed to prevent and treat AIDS in antiretroviral era, with 50 per cent of hospital admissions in MSF hospitals already on treatment and showing signs of clinical failure.

Published
25 July 2017
From
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International
Malawi: Study finds fear drives pregnant women with HIV from prevention services

Our study investigated why HIV-positive pregnant women might drop out of an Option B+ treatment program. For many, the answer was fear. Fear of HIV disclosure, fear of stigma, fear of their husband’s reaction, risk of divorce and loss of economic support, along with a lack of social support, lack of self-efficacy and agency for women in the culture, and a lack of male involvement in the program generally.

Published
26 June 2017
From
Science Speaks
SA's new HIV challenge: patients who believe they've been healed

On the eve of South Africa’s national AIDS conference taking place in Durban this week, it has emerged that people are defaulting on their ARVs – often under the impression that they have been healed. According to health workers Health-e News spoke to, the issue relates to the “undetectable viral load” diagnosis patients receive when their antiretroviral therapy starts working and causes the amount of virus in their blood to drop to an extremely low level.

Published
13 June 2017
From
Citizen
NHS hands over patient records to Home Office for immigration crackdown

Number of government requests to access confidential non-clinical details rises threefold since 2014 in drive to track down immigration offenders

Published
25 January 2017
From
The Guardian
Going beyond current ideas about the cascade of HIV care

Scientists in France have recently noted that while the cascade of HIV care as it is currently envisaged is useful, it does not provide a complete picture of what is occurring in the continuum of care. There are significant delays moving from one step of the cascade to the next - more attention needs to be placed on the time people spend between each stage of the continuum of care.

Published
03 January 2017
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CATIE
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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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