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Social inequalities associated with late HIV diagnosis and delayed HIV treatment – European study

Even in the context of western European countries with universal access to health care, there are socioeconomic inequalities in timely access to HIV testing, according to a

Published
05 September 2014
By
Roger Pebody
UK: Serious concerns expressed by DrugScope over sharp increase in drug related deaths

On 3 September, the Office for National Statistics released Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales, 2013. The data relates to deaths registered in 2013 and shows a sharp rise in deaths as a consequence of drug misuse in England and Wales.In 2013, 1,957 drug misuse deaths were registered, up 20 per cent on the figure for 2012 (1,636).

Published
04 September 2014
From
DrugScope (press release)
AHF PrEP Ad Controversy: What Do the Numbers Mean?

A new campaign from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has kicked off another round of controversy about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and how to interpret data from prevention studies.   

Published
03 September 2014
From
BETA blog
Scientists Question NIH Priorities in Awarding Scarce Government Grants

One scientist says funneling large amounts of money into a single line of research, as in the search for an AIDS vaccine, rewards pet projects and leaves many researchers out in the cold.

Published
03 September 2014
From
Healthline
Kenya: Circumcision Secretariat Closes

The secretariat that coordinated all voluntary medical male circumcision in Kenya the last six years has closed. It was funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation but other funders have not come forward. The closure of the secretariat is likely to slow down the momentum of circumcision in Kenya.

Published
02 September 2014
From
AllAfrica
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
02 September 2014
From
Groundup
Semi-soft vaginal drug-delivery suppository could limit spread of HIV, AIDS

A unique method for delivering compounds that could positively impact the global battle against HIV and AIDS may be possible, thanks to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. A semi-soft vaginal suppository made from the seaweed-derived food ingredient carrageenan and loaded with the antiviral drug Tenofovir provides a woman-initiated, drug-delivery vehicle that can protect against the spread of sexually transmitted infections during unprotected heterosexual intercourse, the researchers said.

Published
02 September 2014
From
Medical News Today
Telling tales and talking-through

There has been a recent wave of films and television events, for a combined gay and heterosexual audience, in an emerging genre of “AIDS nostalgia”. I’m thinking of films like Dallas Buyers’ Club and television series like Angels in America and The Normal Heart.

Published
01 September 2014
From
Bad Blood (blog)
Arab Region Has World’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic

At a time when HIV rates have stabilised or declined elsewhere, the epidemic is still advancing in the Arab world, exacerbated by factors such as political unrest, conflict, poverty and lack of awareness due to social taboos.

Published
01 September 2014
From
Inter Press Service
New analysis of old HIV vaccines finds potentially protective immune response

Applying the benefit of hindsight, researchers have reanalyzed the findings of two historic pediatric HIV vaccine trials with encouraging results. The vaccines had in fact triggered an antibody response -- now known to be associated with protection in adults -- that was previously unrecognized in the infants studied in the 1990s.

Published
01 September 2014
From
Science Daily

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