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South African Billionaire Patrice Motsepe Gives $10 Million To Fight HIV/AIDS

On Thursday last week during the World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Switzerland, the mining tycoon announced a $10 million donation to U2 singer and activist Bono’s (RED) campaign, which fights HIV/AIDS in Africa, according to a report by eNews Channel.

Published
28 January 2014
From
Forbes
HIV Incidence Rose 13.5-Fold in MSM in Poland From 2000 to 2011

Estimated HIV incidence (the new-infection rate) rose 13.5-fold among men who have sex with men (MSM) across Poland from 2000 to 2011. The increase was even greater in the Warsaw region.

Published
28 January 2014
From
International AIDS Society
Nigeria: Anti-Same Sex Marriage Act 2013 Not Problem to HIV Treatment - NACA

Director General of National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Prof. John Idoko, says no provision of the Anti-Same Sex Marriage Act will deny anybody access to HIV treatment.

Published
28 January 2014
From
AllAfrica
Across Europe Biggest Rise in New HIV Rate Involves Young MSM

Across Europe the highest proportion of new HIV infections occur in young men who have sex with men (MSM), according to results of a 15-country analysis. New infections almost doubled in MSM between 20 and 29 years old from 2003 to 2012 more than doubled in MSM under 20.

Published
27 January 2014
From
International AIDS Society
Successful HIV drug resistance testing is possible when viral load is low

HIV drug resistance testing can perform well, even when viral load is as low as 250 copies/ml, results of two studies published in the online edition of

Published
27 January 2014
By
Michael Carter
At $84000 Gilead Hepatitis C Drug Sets Off Payer Revolt

Gilead’s new drug, Sovaldi, costs $84,000 for a 12-week treatment. Such breakthrough treatments and their stratospheric price tags have “absolutely” caused insurers to reconsider covering high-priced hepatitis, diabetes and other treatments, said Sumit Dutta, chief medical officer of Catamaran, the fourth-biggest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, or PBM.

Published
27 January 2014
From
Bloomberg
Ukraine Crackdown Hits Fight Against AIDS

Groups battling one of the world’s worst HIV/AIDS epidemics say their task may get “catastrophically” harder following the introduction of controversial laws in Ukraine in response to months of anti-government protests. Among legislation introduced this week is a new law forcing NGOs that receive foreign funding to register as “foreign agents”.

Published
26 January 2014
From
Inter Press Service
Only just the beginning of the end of hepatitis C

The main drawback of these new agents is the huge price tag, which will make treatment out of reach for people in the developed and developing world. The other concern is the limited testing of these new treatments on less common genotypes and marginalised populations disproportionately affected by HCV infection. For example, there has been minimal testing among those co-infected with HIV.

Published
26 January 2014
From
The Lancet (editorial)
Ongoing challenges in providing PMTCT in Kenya and Malawi

Ongoing systemic issues are affecting the implementation of the 2010 World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programmes in Kenya, according to a study

Published
24 January 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
Israel: Health Ministry agrees to provide free care to migrants with HIV, AIDS

Instead of leaving the treatment of some 150 migrants who are HIV carriers or have full-blown AIDS to voluntary groups scrounging for financial support, the Health Ministry has finally agreed to cover the costs of their medical care and medications.

Published
23 January 2014
From
Jerusalem Post

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