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South Africa takes bold step to provide HIV treatment for all

The Government of South Africa has announced a major policy shift that will move the world faster towards the global 90–90–90 treatment target. On 10 May 2016, the South African Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, announced in his Health Budget Vote Speech to the Parliament of South Africa that the country will implement a new evidence-based policy of offering HIV treatment to all people living with HIV by September 2016.

Published
16 May 2016
From
UNAIDS
South Africa moves to ‘test and treat’

Treasury has allocated an extra R1-billion to finance this “universal test and treat” (UTT) programme, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced during his budget speech in Parliament today.

Published
16 May 2016
From
Health-e News
South Africa to adopt WHO’s ‘test and treat’ HIV guidelines

SA WILL adopt the World Health Organization’s new "test and treat" guidelines for HIV patients in September, enabling people to start treatment as soon as they are diagnosed instead of having to wait until their immune systems weaken, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Tuesday.

Published
10 May 2016
From
Business Day
A simple ask in 2016: the UN goal of universal HIV treatment

Last week, the working draft for 2016 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS was released with only a few days for comments. Called the Zero draft, like previous statements produced every five years, it is a list of observations, comments and goals. But using the UN Statement as a platform of human rights has become disconnected from the scientific and medical advances in HIV over the last five years. The bulk of the draft document could have been written at any time during the epidemic, certainly most of it could have been written in 2011. There is only one reference to dramatic changes in the WHO 2015 guidelines and only two references to PrEP.

Published
28 April 2016
From
i-Base
South Africa rolls out ‘test and treat’ to sex workers

South Africa has become one of the world’s first countries to begin rolling out PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) as well as ‘test and treat’ to sex workers as it launches Africa’s first plan to prevent and treat HIV among sex workers.

Published
14 March 2016
From
Health-e
Removing clinic barriers to rapid initiation of ART in Uganda enables 70% to start on the same day

Making point-of-care CD4 count diagnostics available, revising adherence counselling requirements and giving extra training to healthcare workers can almost quadruple the number of patients who begin antiretroviral

Published
25 February 2016
By
Roger Pebody
New recommendations in the updated WHO guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with chronic hepatitis C infection

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued the first Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with hepatitis C infection in 2014. Since then, several new medicines for the treatment of HCV infection have been introduced.

Published
25 February 2016
From
World Health Organization
Tenofovir resistance may develop in more than half of patients failing treatment in sub-Saharan Africa

More than half of people who experienced failure of a tenofovir-based antiretroviral regimen in sub-Saharan Africa had resistance to tenofovir, a meta-analysis of drug resistance studies published

Published
01 February 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
US: Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents

What's New in the Guidelines? Revisions to the April 8, 2015, version of the guidelines are largely based on findings from two large, randomized controlled trials that addressed the optimal time to initiate antiretroviral therapy (ART)—START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Therapy) and TEMPRANO.

Published
01 February 2016
From
AIDS.info
HIV/AIDS Guidelines App available for iOS and Android Devices

AIDSinfo is releasing a new HIV/AIDS Guidelines app for mobile devices. The AIDSinfo Guidelines app provides mobile access to the federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice treatment guidelines. The guidelines include recommendations approved by expert panels on the treatment of HIV infection and related opportunistic infections in adults, adolescents, and children and on the management of perinatal HIV infection.

Published
24 January 2016
From
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
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