The search for a cure
The New Yorker | 22 hours ago
The fight against AIDS is following a trajectory similar to that of the fight against many cancers. When I was growing up, in the nineteen-fifties, childhood leukemia was nearly always fatal. Eventually, drugs were developed that drove the cancer into remission for months or years, but it always came back.
Experiences of stigma
Open Society Foundation | 23 hours ago
In the past year Uganda has passed four laws which defy public health principles and show blatant disregard for dignity and human rights. These laws target individuals who are already marginalized by society and most in need of health services and support: people who sell sex to make ends meet for their families; LGBTI people living in fear of community violence; people hiding their HIV medication from their own families; and people struggling to manage drug dependence and other illnesses. Perhaps most harmful of all, parts of Ugandan society are interpreting these laws to justify violence and exclusion.
Hepatitis C transmission and prevention
Sydney Morning Herald | 17 December 2014
Injecting drug users will be offered a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C as part of a Melbourne study to assess whether treating them can reduce transmission of the virus in the community.
Delivery of care
Medical News Today | 17 December 2014
Home- and community-based HIV testing and counselling services can achieve high participation uptake in rural Africa but reach different populations within a community and should be provided, depending on the groups that are being targeted, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine.
Condoms and lubricant
Hollywood Reporter | 17 December 2014
The 9th Circuit decides that making porn actors wear condoms doesn't run afoul of the First Amendment
BETA | 17 December 2014
A common perception held among researchers and lay-people alike is that alcohol plays a larger role in the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals than for people who identify as heterosexual. But to say that a larger percentage of LGB individuals drink more often, more heavily, and with greater negative consequences may be oversimplifying the facts.
Hepatitis C treatment
Insurance News Net | 17 December 2014
Cigna is monitoring the health outcomes of customers with hepatitis C who have undergone treatment using a prescription combination with the drug Sovaldi. Cigna found that 91.1% of customers achieved a sustained virologic response (SVR). Customers who have an SVR when tested 12 weeks after the completion of treatment are considered cured.
Social and legal issues
Science Daily | 17 December 2014
Eliminating health disparities between races is a goal of many groups and organizations, but a team of sociologists suggests that finding the reasons for the differences in the timing of black and white deaths may be trickier than once thought. Interventions to reduce this disparity may be more effective if they target sex, as well as race. "With regard to policy, our results indicate the importance of sex-specific intervention to reduce racial disparities," the researchers said. "In the case of HIV/AIDS, for example, there is greater potential for significant reduction of the racial gap when men are targeted. The opposite is true for heart disease and diabetes, where interventions focused on women are more likely to narrow the gap."
HIV treatment in children
UNITAID | 17 December 2014
The UNITAID Executive Board finished its twenty-first meeting and decided that UNITAID will invest up to $63 million through the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to bring early infant diagnosis for HIV to the heart of communities in nine African countries. This will pave the way to universal access for testing and enable a ten-fold increase in treatment, thus transforming global childhood HIV/AIDS. Initiating treatment before the twelfth week of life reduces HIV-related mortality by 75%.
Injecting drug use
Science Daily | 17 December 2014
Occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use, an international team of researchers reports.