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  • Namibia: Kids Eat ARVs Discarded By HIV Patients

    Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that are randomly discarded are becoming a regular occurrence in the informal settlements and a cause for concern, because small children pick the pills up and chew on them. Community activist Anna Mooya believes people on treatment are throwing away their drugs, because they do not have enough food to eat. "Some complain of hunger, that their faces swell up [when they take the medication], they feel dizzy and sometimes get stressed out. They do face a lot of challenges," she said.

    19 August 2015 | AllAfrica.com
  • Study suggests Ontario nearing U.N. targets to help end AIDS epidemic

    In a study published today in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Dr. Sean B. Rourke found that in 2011, 87.3 per cent of people in the Ontario study were receiving care (defined as having had one viral load test measuring amount of HIV virus in the blood in the previous year), 77 per cent were on antiretroviral treatment and 76 per cent had a suppressed viral load.

    18 August 2015 | St Michael's Hospital press release
  • African-Americans most likely to stop taking meds in Medicare Part D's coverage gap

    Medicare Part D provides help to beneficiaries struggling with the cost of prescriptions drugs, but the plan's coverage gap hits some populations harder than others, particularly African-Americans age 65 and older. Reaching, or even approaching, the gap affects access to medication and influences whether those medications are taken as prescribed.

    17 August 2015 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • San Francisco Sees Declines in New HIV Infections and Deaths of People with HIV

    Experts agree that the decline in new infections is due to a combination of factors including widespread testing, early antiretroviral therapy (ART), and possibly pre-exposure prophylaxis -- although PrEP is probably too recent to have had a substantial effect yet.

    17 July 2015 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • Scientists have the tools to end the HIV epidemic; they just need better ways to use them

    In the past, there was a sense that stopping the HIV/AIDS epidemic would require some radically new biomedical intervention, such as a cure or a vaccine. The growing consensus, however, is that the tools needed to stamp out HIV already exist if they could just be used in the right way.

    08 July 2015 | Nature
  • Toward Comprehensive HIV Prevention Service Delivery in the United States: An Action Plan

    This action plan, based primarily on the proceedings of the two consultations, seeks to define a communityfocused national strategy for integrating historically separate HIV prevention interventions and services— many with established positive effects on individual health outcomes—into needs-driven components of population-based care and support programs.

    25 June 2015 | Treatment Action Group
  • Early HIV Treatment Is Essential, But So Is Testing And Linkage To Care

    Last week’s announcement of the Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment (START) trial results confirms what many experts have long believed — early treatment for HIV reduces illness and death. While START further establishes the vital role of early antiretroviral therapy (ART), many questions remain on how to actually bring the life-saving benefits of treatment to individual patients.

    05 June 2015 | Health Affairs (blog)
  • Program Succeeds at Better Keeping People With HIV in Medical Care

    A program designed to rate the rate of HIV-positive people who stay in routine medical care has succeeded, and at a cost deemed reasonable.

    15 April 2015 | AIDSMeds
  • Lawsuit Claims AHF Defrauds Federal Programs of $20M a Year

    In a whistleblower lawsuit, three ex-employees of AIDS Healthcare Foundation allege that AHF is guilty of illegal patient-referral kickbacks.

    09 April 2015 | Poz magazine news
  • CDC leading new efforts to fight HIV among gay, bisexual men and transgender people

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lead new programs totaling more than $185 million in HIV prevention funding for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people, with a particular focus on addressing the needs of MSM of color. Up to $125 million will help state and local health departments expand the use of two new, powerful HIV prevention strategies: pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and engaging more people in HIV care.

    07 April 2015 | CDC press release
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