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  • 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.

    26 June 2017 | 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.

    13 June 2017 | 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

    25 January 2017 | 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.

    03 January 2017 | CATIE
  • Ensuring HIV prevention and treatment services in Haiti are back on track after Hurricane Matthew

    According to UNAIDS Haiti, the hurricane has already affected HIV prevention, support, treatment and care services. Urgent programmes are needed to ensure that the current retention rate of people on treatment (between 60% and 80%) does not decline.

    02 November 2016 | UNAIDS
  • New amfAR report highlights role of health plans, health care purchasers in curbing domestic HIV epidemic

    Today, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research released a new report, “Curbing the HIV Epidemic by Supporting Effective Engagement in HIV Care: Recommendations for Health Plans and Health Care Purchasers,” which highlights the critical role of health plans and health care purchasers, including Medicaid and Medicare programs, marketplaces, and employers, in moving the nation toward ending the domestic HIV epidemic.

    17 October 2016 | amfAR press release
  • UNC Receives $18 Million to Combine Tech & Health

    "iTech will be home to six studies with each study using technology to address a barrier to the HIV care continuum,” said Hightow-Weidman. “For youth at risk of becoming infected with HIV, we will develop apps that list HIV testing sites and medical providers who prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP to prevent HIV. For youth who test positive for the virus, we will develop electronic health interventions to engage them in care and improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy.”

    28 September 2016 | University of North Carolina Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases
  • Lessons Learned from Scaling up HIV Treatment in Mozambique

    A new CDC study examining the first decade of HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART) scale-up in Mozambique revealed fewer people are dying from HIV in recent years, likely due to more patients starting treatment at earlier disease stages. The analysis also found that people who more recently began ART were less likely to remain engaged in HIV treatment and care over time. The analysis highlights participation in community ART support groups (CASGs), small groups of patients who support each other to remain on ART, as an effective strategy to significantly reduce loss to follow up.

    20 September 2016 | CDC
  • South Africa's latest weapon against HIV: street dispensers for antiretrovirals

    A hole-in-the-wall machine that dispenses antiretroviral drugs to people with HIV will be unveiled in Durban on Monday ahead of a pilot scheme that will see units installed in rural areas miles from the nearest doctor or clinic.

    18 July 2016 | The Guardian
  • Free ARVs are not enough: the hidden costs of treating HIV in Nigeria

    The Nigerian government’s decision to provide antiretrovirals freely as part of HIV programmes at the country’s health facilities has dramatically improved the uptake of treatment. But it has not been enough to eliminate the high and sometimes inequitable economic burden of HIV/AIDS on households. Exorbitant food and transport costs, as well as the costs of illnesses linked to HIV, hinder full access to treatment services. Households end up having to fork out money they don’t necessarily have.

    15 March 2016 | The Conversation
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