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Different community HIV testing and counselling approaches reach different populations in rural Africa

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.

Published
17 December 2014
From
Medical News Today
Why lifespans are more variable among blacks than whites in the U.S.

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."

Published
17 December 2014
From
Science Daily
UK government halves the budget of HIV prevention programme for England

The Department of Health’s funding for HIV Prevention England, the national HIV prevention programme in England, will be cut by 50% from April 2015. This will have

Published
16 December 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Congress adds $300 million to PEPFAR for FY15, in bill global health advocates say recognizes critical needs

The allotment of $4.3 billion for PEPFAR restores half of the $600 million in cuts PEPFAR has seen since 2011.

Published
16 December 2014
From
Science Speaks
AIDS Response Is Leaving African Men Behind

Mention gender inequality in AIDS and the fact that  more women than men live with HIV pops up. But another, rarely spoken about gendered difference is proving lethal to men with HIV. Research reveals that, across Africa, men have lower rates of HIV testing, enrollment on antiretroviral treatment, adherence, viral load suppression and survival, than women.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Inter Press Service
NAT opposes 50% cut to national HIV prevention funding for England

The Government has announced that there will be devastating cuts to funding for the national HIV prevention programme in England.  Funding will be halved for the year commencing April 2015 and there is as yet no commitment to fund further years of the programme.  

Published
15 December 2014
From
NAT press release
UKIP forced to leave London offices after HIV activists dump horse s--t outside

UKIP has been kicked out their offices in Croydon, after a group of HIV activists dumped a pile of horse manure outside on World AIDS Day. The party’s local chairman Winston McKenzie announced yesterday to Steven Downes of Inside Croydon that the protest “was the last straw” for their office owners – and UKIP will have to find a new home.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Act Up press release
Issue Brief: Achieving undetectable: what questions remain in scaling-up HIV virologic treatment monitoring?

Although the majority of developing countries do not yet offer viral load testing on a routine basis, the use of HIV viral load monitoring is rapidly gathering pace in most developing countries. Which questions remain in further scaling up this gold standard for HIV treatment monitoring in these countries? Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is releasing Achieving Undetectable, the latest in a series of issue briefs and reports on access to viral load monitoring in resource-limited settings.

Published
15 December 2014
From
MSF
Save Our Service

The Birmingham Heartlands HIV Service may be under threat as a result of the potential loss of our Sexual Health & GUM service. We need your help!

Published
12 December 2014
From
Birmingham Heartlands HIV Service
Johnson & Johnson announces collaboration between Janssen and USAID to expand access to anti-multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) compound

Memorandum of Understanding signed to address the global health threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Published
12 December 2014
From
PR Newswire
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