Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Self-testing for HIV in low-income, high-incidence countries could save money, could improve outcomes . . . but it’s complicated, analysis finds

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Introducing self-testing in a country like Zimbabwe, where HIV incidence is high, resources to confront HIV are limited, and only about half the people who live with HIV know they have the virus, could save about $75 million over the next 20 years, with some health benefits, besides. That would make the self-testing more cost-effective […]

HIV testing support in Tanzania puts emphasis on impact

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The following is a guest post from Mkama Mwirjarubi, a program officer at IntraHealth International in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. by Mkama Mwijarubi As the fight against HIV rolls into its fourth decade, those of us who are involved in combating the epidemic have mixed feelings. While HIV continues to affect the lives of many […]

Zambia Gender Minister: Poverty slows march toward equity

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The Honorable Professor Nkandu Luo, now Zambia’s Minister of Gender and Child Development, is a physician, professor of microbiology and immunology, a former Parliament member, former Minister of Health and founder of a an organization supporting sex workers*. Having overcome some of the challenges facing women and girls in her country, and worked to address […]

Option B+ in Nigeria: New study supports lifelong antiretroviral treatment for pregnant women with HIV

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The following is a guest post by Biyi Adesina of Avenir Health, Chukwuma Anyaike of the Ministry of Health, Nigeria, and Sara Bowsky of the Futures Group According to a 2013 UNAIDS report, Nigeria has a higher number of children contracting HIV than any other country in the world; nearly 60,000 were infected with the virus in 2012. As Nigeria […]

PEPFAR requires its programs to seek, use, document civil society input in planning

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“The old concept of concentrated, mixed, and generalized epidemics is making way for a new approach that requires analysing, understanding, and responding to subnational and local diversity of the AIDS epidemic, including knowing which populations are most affected within local epidemics.” PEPFAR Country/Regional Operational Plan 2015 Guidance Citing this year’s UNAIDS 90-90-90 recommendations to end […]

Small world: Study of HIV subtype’s global spread shows impacts of tourism, migration, policies

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The subtype that comprises 5 percent of HIV-1 infections globally traveled from Africa to Thailand where it was identified in 1989. From there, it spread around the world. In 1991, when Thailand became home to 143,000 new HIV infections, public health officials acknowledged the seriousness of the country’s epidemic, and tackled it with the then […]

Want to change the course of HIV epidemics? Decriminalizing sex work could have greatest impact, researchers say

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Infections could be averted through combined impacts on violence, police harrassment, workplace dangers, as well as improved condom access, peer outreach, modelling indicates Of the different factors that can increase the likelihood of a person who is involved in sex work getting infected with HIV, the least examined type have been those stemming from the […]

HIV dollars drop with waning philanthropic funds . . . and a goodbye to England’s Rose

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Like a candle in the wind, support for HIV responses risks burning out long before the epidemic ever will . . . On one hand, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, one of the top 20 philanthropic funders of HIV responses is still going strong, with more than $17 million in disbursements last year and a […]