Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Study surprises with findings that use of efavirenz appeared to lessen depression risk among patients in Uganda

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For years the association of a life-saving medicine commonly used in first-line antiretroviral treatment regimens with psychiatric side effects that included thoughts of suicide, posed an urgent question to HIV physicians administering care across Africa. Risks of depression among people living with HIV already are higher than among those of the general population and threaten […]

Peers speed HIV diagnosis to treatment start in country with world’s highest estimated prevalence

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In the Kingdom of eSwatini, the nation formerly known as Swaziland, where the percentage of the population who live with HIV is estimated to be the highest in the world, efforts to provide testing for the virus have been widespread and successful. It’s the next step, from testing to treatment for those who test positive, […]

Analysis highlights hurdles between pregnant women with HIV and treatment

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Interactions among poverty, gender, and health systems affect women’s participation in services to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child: a causal loop analysis The following is a guest post by Jennifer Yourkavitch, MPH, PhD, of MEASURE Evaluation Retaining women in programs to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child remains a priority and […]

Starting HIV treatment at diagnosis slashes drop out, drug failure rates, China study finds

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Patients diagnosed with HIV who started antiretroviral treatment within 30 days had significantly lower rates of dropping out of treatment, and higher rates successful treatment, than those who started later, particularly those who started more than three months after their diagnosis, a study in China has found. Researchers, led by Yan Zhao and Zunyou Wu […]

Peace Corps discharge of volunteers diagnosed with HIV raises questions about policy’s realities

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The recent news in Buzzfeed about volunteers who were recently discharged from their Peace Corps postings after being diagnosed with HIV stirred memories at the HIV Medicine Association, an organization of more than 6000 HIV medical providers and researchers, and one of the publishers of this blog. HIVMA was among those voicing concern about the […]

More than half of children living with HIV still without treatment in high burden, PEPFAR-supported southern African countries

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While a growing number of countries have adopted World Health Organization guidelines recommending antiretroviral treatment for all children with HIV, more than half of children living with the virus in the highest burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa remain untreated, according to a report released today. The report notes that pediatric HIV treatment coverage nearly doubled between […]

Report shows drop in HIV funding threatens gains in high burden, low income countries

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While steady increases in overall spending to prevent and treat HIV since 2000 have greatly diminished the impacts of the pandemic, high-burden and low income countries continue to rely largely on external funding for care, treatment and prevention programs that will be at risk if donor contributions continue to drop, a recent report from a […]