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What are the treatment challenges for the over 50s in Africa?

Although older adults in Uganda showed a high regard for the importance of anti-retroviral treatment, structural factors such as wait times and ageism still provide barriers to adherence.

Published
28 February 2019
From
AVERT
Trump Plan To Beat HIV Hits Rough Road In Rural America

Health officials and doctors treating patients with HIV in predominantly rural states say any extra funding would be welcome. But they say strategies that work in progressive cities like Seattle won’t necessarily work in rural areas of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

Published
24 February 2019
From
Kaiser Health News
Viral load monitoring motivates HIV treatment adherence in eSwatini

The treat-all policy will only succeed if people keep taking their HIV treatment. It is important to motivate people who started treatment while they were still feeling well. 

Published
24 February 2019
From
AVERT
HIV care is threatened by proposed changes to Medicare Part D

Optimal HIV care includes early and uninterrupted access to effective antiretroviral medications. Proposed changes to Medicare Part D threatens that.

Published
25 January 2019
From
STAT
‘RAPID’ HIV treatment initiation a success in San Francisco

Populations considered hard to treat or engage in care can benefit from same-day antiretroviral treatment as part of a clinic offering social safety-net interventions.

Published
08 January 2019
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AVERT
49th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Integrating HIV treatment and TB preventative therapy greatly improves IPT adherence

When tuberculosis preventive therapy is delivered with HIV treatment services and patients get a choice in where they access treatment, completion of tuberculosis preventive therapy rises, helping to ensure people living with HIV stay healthy, researchers said here. This model of prevention should be scaled up in TB-HIV high burden settings, researchers said.

Published
05 November 2018
From
Science Speaks
What it’s like to provide HIV care to people without housing

How can a person take daily medications if they’re constantly having their belongings stolen? Or prioritize going to medical appointments if they’re just worried about where their next meal will come from? How can they contact their doctor with questions, if they can’t afford a mobile phone plan?

Published
29 October 2018
From
BETA blog
Kenya:We Have Adequate HIV Drugs and Test Kits, Says Ministry

As the drug shortage in public health facilities continues to bite, the Ministry of Health (MoH)) has reassured Kenyans of continued supplies of essential HIV drugs and test kits. "There were delays in the delivery of 540,730 patient packs of boosted atazanavir due to global supply constraints of raw materials or active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)," Health Secretary Peter Tum said.

Published
21 August 2018
From
AllAfrica.com
The final frontier in the fight against Aids? There is still one region where HIV infection rates are on the rise

Huge global progress has been made in tackling an epidemic which has claimed over 35 million lives since the 1980s. But there’s one region in the world where infection rates from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – the pathogen that causes Aids – have been quietly rising in recent years. The HIV crisis in eastern Europe and central Asia – which gathered pace in the two decades following the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 – has now reached epidemic proportions.

Published
16 August 2018
From
Daily Telegraph
Sometimes Nice Guys Finish First: Preferences for HIV Care in Zambia

As a healthcare patient, what would you sacrifice for a provider with a nice—rather than rude—attitude? For HIV patients in Zambia, the answer may surprise you. According to findings of a study published August 13, 2018, in PLOS Medicine, HIV patients in Zambia were willing to increase wait time and travel distance—and accept significant reduction in medication—in order to access a healthcare provider with a nice attitude.

Published
15 August 2018
From
UCSF News Services
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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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