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How ACA affects vulnerable Americans living with HIV/AIDS

A series of papers recently published examines how the Affordable Care Act could affect two sectors of the most vulnerable Americans -- those living with HIV/AIDS and people who have recently cycled through jail.

Published
02 April 2014
From
Science Daily
HIV treatment while incarcerated helped prisoners achieve viral suppression

Treating inmates for the human immunodeficiency virus while they were incarcerated in Connecticut helped a majority of them achieve viral suppression by the time they were released.

Published
01 April 2014
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Should Prisoners Get Expensive Hepatitis C Drugs?

If used widely, a new generation of antiviral drugs has the potential to wipe out the deadly hepatitis C virus in the United States. But the high price of the drugs might prevent their use in prisons, which house as many as one-third of those who are infected.

Published
25 March 2014
From
Stateline
Georgia Launches Programme to Curb Hepatitis

Under a nationwide programme which Georgia’s government has launched to tackle hepatitis C, 10,000 people will become eligible for subsidised medicines, and treatment will be free in the prison system, where the disease is common.

Published
10 February 2014
From
Institiute for War & Peace Reporting
Containing infection in Zambian prisons

Developing countries face numerous challenges, with health care and services key among them, and it is often the most vulnerable – such as prison inmates – among an already disadvantaged population who suffer most and have the least access to preventive and curative care.

Published
10 February 2014
From
The Age
TB/HIV programmatic challenges highlighted at ICASA

The presence of tuberculosis (TB) at the initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) predicts retention in care, according to a study presented by Dr Enegela at the 17th

Published
07 January 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
BC study calls for needle exchange, HIV treatment for inmates

Needle-exchange programs and increased access to HIV treatment are essential to curb infection rates among Canadian prisoners, says the lead author of a new study calling for immediate action.

Published
17 December 2013
From
The Globe and Mail
HIV care in Immigration Removal Centres

We surveyed Immigration Removal Centres (IRC) and HIV clinics local to these IRCs about the treatment and care of HIV positive detainees. There is significant variation in how IRC healthcare teams approach HIV treatment and care, even where two IRCs are co-located and share the same local HIV clinic. This shows that the challenges of the IRC setting can be overcome and patients can receive their right to an equivalent level of HIV care as the NHS provides to the general public.

Published
16 December 2013
From
NAT
HIV test for new inmates may not yield new diagnoses, says study

More than 90 percent of HIV-infected inmates entering prison in North Carolina had previously tested positive for the virus, according to a study published in the November 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Published
28 November 2013
From
News Medical Net
New Funding for South African Grants Will Target Key Populations

According to the GAC, the new funding will target the following key populations: (a) low socio-economic populations; (b) victims of gender based violence; (c) sex workers; (d) men who have sex with men, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and intersex; (e) prisoners; (f) people living with MDR-TB; (g) miners and adjoining communities; (h) uncircumcised men; and (i) youth.

Published
22 September 2013
From
Global Fund Observer
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