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Fighting HIV where no-one admits it's a problem

For years Russia has remained remarkably silent on the challenge it faces from HIV and Aids. Now that silence has been broken by an epidemiologist who has been working in the field for more than two decades - and he calls the situation "a national catastrophe".

Published
20 May 2015
From
BBC
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'

A UK study on why teenage heterosexual couples may engage in anal sex has revealed a climate of coercion, with consent and mutuality not always a priority for the boys who are trying to persuade girls into having it.

Published
19 May 2015
From
Independent
HIV infection and low CD4 count associated with hardening of arteries

HIV infection is associated with an increased risk of hardening of the arteries, investigators report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The US study compared changes

Published
06 May 2015
By
Michael Carter
Condom use higher in young HIV-positive women with gender-equal views

Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the study found that HIV-positive South African women under the age of 26 were more likely to have used a condom during their last episode of sexual intercourse if they had more gender-equal views, compared with women whose views were more male dominated.

Published
05 May 2015
From
Medical News Today
Québec researchers call for interventions to support HIV-positive mothers

A team of researchers at several universities and clinics in Montreal conducted a study to explore issues related to healthcare access and mental health among HIV-positive mothers. In detailed interviews with 100 mothers, the researchers uncovered several issues that affected the women’s mental health. The team made recommendations for doctors, nurses and other care providers, which, if implemented, could greatly improve the mental health and wellbeing of HIV-positive women who have children.

Published
14 April 2015
From
CATIE
Zimbabwe’s female condom success story takes new form

Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health is currently gathering evidence on acceptance of a new Cupid Female Condom before rolling it out.

Published
13 April 2015
From
Key Correspondents
Women in PrEP trial feared they would have to leave study if they reported low adherence

Post-study interviews and computer questionnaires conducted with former participants in a trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that reported zero effectiveness show that participants concealed their low adherence to

Published
10 April 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Uganda: women and girls bear burden of HIV caregiving

James Odong explores how the burden of caregiving falls heavily on girls, affecting their quality of life and education opportunities, as well as bringing added vulnerabilities.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Key Correspondents
Predictors of HIV-related peripheral neuropathy in the modern era

Researchers at major clinical centres in the U.S. have collaborated to study potential causes of peripheral neuropathy (PN) among HIV-positive people in the modern era. They recruited about 500 people who were free from PN and monitored them for an average of two years, performing extensive assessments. Taking into account many issues, statistical analysis found that there were several factors associated with an increased risk for PN.

Published
01 April 2015
From
CATIE
Menopause linked to decreased anti-HIV activity

Postmenopausal women’s cervicovaginal fluid had lower anti-HIV-1 activity than premenopausal women. Timing of menstrual cycle and hormonal contraception were not associated with differences in activity against HSV or HIV.

Published
30 March 2015
From
2 Minute Medicine
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