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  • Testing policies and guidelines
    South Africa: Home HIV testing gets the green light
    Health-E News | 2 hours ago

    After years of debate about the merits of home HIV testing, a ban has been lifted on pharmacist sales of do-it-yourself HIV tests.

  • Drug policy and policing
    HIV Outbreak In Indiana: DEA Arrests 10 People Tied To Disease Spread, Warns Against Prescription Painkillers
    Medical Daily | 2 hours ago

    On Feb. 5, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Indiana announced the arrest of ten individuals who collectively orchestrated the distribution of drugs, primarily prescription painkillers and methamphetamine, to Scott County. The painkiller pills were then ground up and used intravenously. From there, it’s believed the sharing of HIV-infected needles spurned an outbreak; while Scott Country previously had an average of less than 10 new HIV cases annually, the last 13 months has seen 188 new cases.

  • Kidney problems
    Johns Hopkins approved to perform first HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants in U.S.
    Johns Hopkins Medicine | 2 hours ago

    Johns Hopkins recently received approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing to be the first hospital in the United States to perform HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants. The institution will be the first in the nation to do an HIV-positive kidney transplant and the first in the world to execute an HIV-positive liver transplant.

  • Hepatitis C treatment
    mapCrowd: an online data collection platform for hepatitis C information
    Treatment Action Group | 2 hours ago

    Médecins du Monde (MdM) and Treatment Action Group (TAG) are pleased to announce the launch of mapCrowd (www.mapCrowd.org), an innovative online resource and data collection platform for gathering and sharing hepatitis C information.

  • Epidemiology and behaviour
    National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Combatting Stigma & Cultural Stereotypes
    NewsOne | 08 February 2016

    African-Americans are infected with HIV at eight times the rate of white Americans and accounted for 44 percent of HIV diagnoses in 2014.

  • Hepatitis C treatment
    Olysio/Sovaldi yield high SVR post-liver transplant
    Healio | 08 February 2016

    In a retrospective study, a combination treatment regimen of Olysio and Sovaldi led to high sustained virologic response rates among patients with hepatitis C virus infection post-liver transplant and with advanced liver disease.

  • New and experimental hepatitis C treatment
    Fair Pricing Coalition Recognizes Merck’s Lower Price for Curative Hepatitis C Treatment, Calls for Manufacturers to Reduce Excessive Prices and Increase Patient Assistance
    Fair Pricing Coalition | 08 February 2016

    The Fair Pricing Coalition (FPC) today expressed appreciation for Merck’s & Co. Inc.’s decision to launch its new curative hepatitis C (HCV) treatment, Zepatier, at a price below existing HCV treatments in a tacit acknowledgement that existing high prices have hurt patients and are untenable for the market. Zepatier’s $54,600 list price is lower than the egregious prices for Gilead Sciences’ Harvoni ($94,500) and AbbVie’s Viekira Pak ($83,319), and represents a step in the right direction.

  • New and experimental hepatitis C treatment
    U.S. FDA Approves Expanded Use of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Daklinza (daclatasvir) for Additional Challenging-to-treat Patients with Genotype 1 or Genotype 3 Chronic Hepatitis C
    Bristol-Myers Squibb press release | 08 February 2016

    Updated label provides new treatment option for patients with HIV-1 coinfection, advanced cirrhosis, and post-liver transplant HCV recurrence.

  • Religion and faith
    God and condoms: perspectives on family planning and faith
    Key Correspondents | 05 February 2016

    The subject of contraception is a hot topic in faith communities, which made for some exciting discussions at the recent International Conference on Family Planning in Indonesia. The conference heard that contrary to popular belief, many faith-based organisations do support family planning as a process that helps improve people’s quality of life. For the first time, around 80 representatives from different faith groups attending the conference spoke of their commitment to continue informing and educating their communities on family planning. The consensus was that it is consistent with faith values, in order to protect the rights of women, children and families.

  • Alcohol
    Even moderate alcohol intake may harm people with HIV
    Yale News | 05 February 2016

    Moderate alcohol consumption is more harmful to people with HIV than uninfected individuals, raising the risk of both mortality and other negative health effects, say Yale researchers. Their study is the first to demonstrate the increased harm among patients who have suppressed HIV with modern antiretroviral treatment (ART).

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