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  • Policy
    WHO recommends steps to improve HIVAIDS control in Estonia
    World Health Organization | 5 hours ago

    Estonia is among 5 European Union/European Economic Area countries with the highest rates of HIV– 24.6 per 100 000 populations in 2013. While the number of new HIV cases has been decreasing in Estonia since 2001, more needs to be done to address shortcomings in HIV/AIDS surveillance, treatment and care in order to halt the epidemic.

  • Drug-resistant TB
    South Africa: Bedaquiline approved to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis
    Business Day | 5 hours ago

    The Medicines Control Council has approved Janssen Pharmaceutica's bedaquiline, the first drug specifically designed for treating multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) to reach the market. Janssen is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

  • Epidemiology
    Uganda fails to keep up with demand for HIV drugs
    Key Correspondents | 20 October 2014

    Despite a remarkable increase in access to HIV treatment over the last decade, the number of people in need of antiretroviral drugs in Uganda continues to outpace the response.

  • Activism
    Mark Heywood: Ebola’s rapid death march - It’s time we learnt
    Daily Maverick | 20 October 2014

    Ebola and HIV are closely related in their social pathogenesis. The spread of both viruses is directly related to appalling governance of public heath systems and social inequality. Their control and treatment boils down to issues of democracy, equality and good governance.

  • Promoting HIV testing
    IDWeek 2014: Social Network Strategies Encourage HIV Testing | 20 October 2014

    Face-to-face social networking among peers is a more effective and proactive way to identify people with HIV infection than standard counseling, testing, and referral methods, according to study findings presented yesterday at the IDWeek 2014 conference in Philadelphia. In an analysis of 45 sites in Wisconsin, researchers found that social networking strategies identified a higher proportion of people who tested HIV positive than traditional methods.

  • Kidney problems
    IDWeek 2014: Longer Use, Age, Low Body Weight Raise Risk of Tenofovir Kidney Problems | 20 October 2014

    Abnormal kidney biomarkers are common but rarely progress to serious kidney dysfunction in HIV positive people taking tenofovir, and longer duration of use, older age, and having diabetes or high blood pressure raise the risk, researchers reported at IDWeek 2014 last week in Philadelphia. A related study found that people with low body weight experienced progressive kidney function decline while taking tenofovir.

  • Injecting drug users
    Female drug users in Georgia face barriers to access therapy
    The Lancet | 17 October 2014

    Many women addicted to drugs in Georgia are unable to access harm-reduction programmes because of stigma and discrimination, including from health professionals.

  • Behaviour change interventions
    Phone apps could help promote sexual health in MSM
    The Lancet | 17 October 2014

    Public health experts hope smartphone apps that men who have sex with men use to meet sexual partners might help in health promotion.

  • Pharmaceutical industry
    Juncker seen making U-turn on medicines policy
    EurActiv | 17 October 2014

    Jean-Claude Juncker has ceded to pressure from MEPs and abandoned his plan to return control of medicines and pharmaceutical products to the Industry Commissioner. This responsibility will instead remain in the hands of the Health Commissioner.

  • Injecting drug use
    UK: Funding cuts for drug and alcohol treatment
    Russell Webster (blog) | 17 October 2014

    Earlier this month (October 2014) Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health published a joint review of drug and alcohol commissioning in England and Wales. This Department of Health funded review was based on a series of interviews with Directors of Public Health (94% of the 152 Upper Tier authorities participated) and Drugscope and looked at current and future commissioning plans for drug and alcohol treatment.

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