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Malawi: Study finds fear drives pregnant women with HIV from prevention services

Our study investigated why HIV-positive pregnant women might drop out of an Option B+ treatment program. For many, the answer was fear. Fear of HIV disclosure, fear of stigma, fear of their husband’s reaction, risk of divorce and loss of economic support, along with a lack of social support, lack of self-efficacy and agency for women in the culture, and a lack of male involvement in the program generally.

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Science Speaks
SA's new HIV challenge: patients who believe they've been healed

On the eve of South Africa’s national AIDS conference taking place in Durban this week, it has emerged that people are defaulting on their ARVs – often under the impression that they have been healed. According to health workers Health-e News spoke to, the issue relates to the “undetectable viral load” diagnosis patients receive when their antiretroviral therapy starts working and causes the amount of virus in their blood to drop to an extremely low level.

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13 June 2017
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Citizen
Point-of-care CD4 counts improve linkage to HIV care in Kenya

Carrying out a point-of-care CD4 count immediately after a person was diagnosed with HIV by home-based testing doubled the rate of linkage to HIV care,

Published
06 June 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Pet care can connect people to health and harm reduction services

Providing free veterinary care can be a good way to bring homeless and marginally housed people into contact with health care, harm reduction and other services, according

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24 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Black HIV-positive MSM in US still have lower rates of ART use

The proportion of newly diagnosed HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States who were promptly linked to care and started antiretroviral therapy (ART)

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17 April 2017
By
Michael Carter
Health system navigators didn't improve ART initiation or TB treatment completion rates among people newly diagnosed with HIV in Durban

An intervention using health system navigators, phone support and text message reminders did not improve rates of people living with HIV initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) or completing treatment

Published
10 April 2017
By
Michael Carter
Tracking down patients lost to HIV care: home visits need to be carefully targeted

Efforts to track patients lost to care are likely to produce very little return on the money and time spent unless clinics target tracing activities

Published
06 April 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Fewer clinic visits improve retention in HIV care in Zambia

People with HIV who attended their clinic once every six months were much less likely to miss their next clinic visit, miss medication pick up

Published
22 March 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Vietnam will struggle to meet 90-90-90 targets without addressing barriers to HIV care for men who have sex with men

Men who have sex with men in Vietnam risk being left behind as the country strives to achieve UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 targets for diagnosis, treatment and viral suppression,

Published
20 March 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Finding men with HIV – and keeping them in treatment

Specialised services to attract men to HIV testing and treatment may need to adopt several different formats in order to reach different sub-populations of men,

Published
17 March 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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