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
Mobile technology will be used to improve HIV services to ensure patient retention in care and treatment adherence and to help break down stigma and discrimination. Data will be collected and analyzed, gaps in services identified and action taken to improve the quality of health care for people living with and affected by HIV. The information collected will be anonymous and full confidentiality will be maintained.
09 March 2016 | UNAIDS
Anyone who was following the HIV epidemic in 2001 found the news shocking: a massive study of young gay men in the United States found that a whopping 32 percent of those who were black had HIV. Why, after some 15 years of widespread campaigns in gay communities urging condom use, was the HIV rate among black men so staggeringly high—and still rising? Today, many researchers have shifted their attention to PrEP, a breakthrough that, they hope, will simplify things considerably. But the effort to turn PrEP’s promise into a reality is providing insight that is valuable beyond HIV. The long, failing attempt to crack the riddle of black gay men’s higher HIV rate is a cautionary tale for any public-health system operating in a world with endemic inequity.
01 March 2016 | The Nation
Blacks with HIV are less likely than whites and Hispanics to receive consistent medical care, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
05 February 2016 | Atlanta Journal Constitution
Following years of apparent stagnation in the U.S. fight against HIV, recent reports suggest that things are looking up. What’s the full story?
06 January 2016 | Poz
A major focus of the new ART guidelines is on improving the quality of service delivery for people as they move along the ‘continuum of care’. In a break from the past, a ‘one-size-fits all approach’ is no longer appropriate for treating people living with HIV. Instead, WHO now recommends ‘differentiated care’, which groups people living with HIV into four broad categories based upon their treatment, care and support needs.
02 December 2015 | WHO & UNAIDS
The 2015 guidelines includes 10 new recommendations to improve the quality and efficiency of services to people living with HIV. Implementation of the recommendations in these guidelines on universal eligibility for ART will mean that more people will start ART earlier.
01 December 2015 | World Health Organization
In a report on their HIV epidemic-economic model, published online in October by the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, the researchers say that efforts to encourage people with HIV to follow up regularly with their provider and maintain long-term drug therapy may be more fruitful in preventing HIV transmission than efforts to increase HIV testing alone.
28 October 2015 | Johns Hopkins Medicine
A 'Test and Treat' protocol for HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment, implemented in two Guangxi, China counties in 2012, was associated with increased engagement in HIV/AIDS care and a 62 percent reduction in mortality among participants, according to a new study. This before-and-after analysis suggests that broader implementation of the program may inexpensively improve outcomes for HIV-positive individuals in China.
08 October 2015 | Science Daily
Last month, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) released the annual HIV Epidemiology annual report with data through December 31, 2014.
11 September 2015 | BETA blog