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Healthcare workers worry injecting heroin is on increase in South Africa

Health workers in Cape Town have warned of a possible increase in drug overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases, including HIV, if the use of needles to inject drugs increases. This comes as health workers have noticed drug users turning away from smoking towards injecting. In response, the TB/HIV Care Association (THCA) in Observatory are preparing to educate needle using drug users on the safe use of needles. Whereas once hardcore addicts chose to smoke their 'unga' on tinfoil and people who “spiked” the drug were shunned and looked down upon, this is no longer the rule.

Published
21 hours ago
From
Groundup
Malawi First Country to Put HIV Positive Pregnant Women On ARVs

President Arthur Peter Mutharika says Malawi was the first country to adopt a policy of putting all HIV positive pregnant and breast feeding women on anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs regardless of their CD4 Count.

Published
21 hours ago
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AllAfrica
Three Approaches to Beating the AIDS Epidemic in South Africa

South Africa’s AIDS epidemic is at its worst in high-risk subgroups like gay men, prostitutes, truckers, prisoners, miners and patients who don’t take their drugs regularly. To have any hope of beating the epidemic, it must focus on such groups, experts say. Many pilot projects to do that have been started with aid from the United States government program called Pepfar. Here are some of them.

Published
26 August 2014
From
New York Times
Fear-struck GALZ holds on to HIV data

Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) on Monday said they are holding on to research data on HIV prevalence among the gay community because of fear of victimisation by the government. A senior GALZ official who requested anonymity said victimisation of gays in the country has not been addressed forcing them to halt interactions at an official level with the government.

Published
26 August 2014
From
Newzimbabwe.com
HIV Trends in San Francisco and London: An AIDS 2014 Q&A

At AIDS 2014 researchers presented findings from a comparison of HIV trends in two major cities: San Francisco and LondonStudy co-author Jen Hecht, MPH, director of program development and operations at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, spoke with BETA about the study findings, what they mean for HIV prevention efforts moving forward

Published
22 August 2014
From
BETA blog
Gay Social Networking App Hornet Helps Users Find HIV Clinics

Hornet will provide users with the ability to designate their HIV status, as a part of its “Know Your Status” campaign. Once a user designates the date of their last HIV test, the application will automatically remind them to get tested again after a designated amount of time.

Published
22 August 2014
From
Towleroad
So Why Are So Many Gay Men Opposed To PrEP?

"About nine months ago, the GUM clinic I regularly attend (the Working Men’s Project at St Mary’s in Paddington) offered me the chance to be part of the PROUD study, which examines the impact on gay men of using Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and I jumped at the chance, not only because I wanted to do my bit for the community, but because it offered me an extra level of protection against HIV, regardless of whether I was using condoms or not."

Published
21 August 2014
From
TheGayUK
Zambia: PMTCT Real Life Story

The pain of living through the loss of three children was enough to discourage Constance Mudenda from ever contemplating parenting. When she was pregnant, her greatest desire was to have a child born free of HIV, and now she will continue to mentor her daughter to ensure she is protected from acquiring HIV.

Published
21 August 2014
From
Times of Zambia
Expanded harm reduction provision achieves impressive reductions in HCV incidence among PWID in Scotland

Implementation of comprehensive harm reduction policies has achieved impressive reductions in incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Scotland, research published

Published
20 August 2014
By
Michael Carter
Intimacy a strong motivator for PrEP HIV prevention

Many HIV-negative gay or bisexual men in steady relationships with other HIV-negative men don't always use condoms out of a desire for intimacy. That same desire, according to a new study, makes such men more inclined to use antiretroviral medications to prevent getting HIV, a recommended practice known as PrEP.

Published
20 August 2014
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
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