Monthly Archives: June 2018

What we’re reading: Testing lag highlights role of healthcare access in HIV prevention and more about knowing the right thing to do, but . . .

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Tests are lagging and the end of the epidemic is far away – How can it be that nearly four decades after what later became known as HIV was first recognized as a syndrome killing men who had sex with men, and more than a decade since U.S. public health officials recommended routine testing as […]

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 […]

Advocates hail South Africa bedaquiline recommendation, replacing toxic injection for patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis

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Medicine represents third choice over “deaf or dead” for many patients, health worker/tuberculosis survivor-founded organization says Praising the treatment policy decision of South Africa health officials to replace painful injections that brought irreversible side effects to many tuberculosis patients whose disease was resistant to first line treatments with a newer medicine that had been proven […]

What we’re reading: Realities to keep in mind when planning to eliminate TB and other diseases

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Open Letter by the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of mental and physical health — in the context of TB – When a preventable and treatable disease remains the world’s leading infectious killer, the reasons can be found in inequities that allow the disease to spread and kill. […]

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, […]

House bills reject Trump retreat from U.S. leadership of global infectious disease responses

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Brushing aside White House proposals to cut global HIV and other international disease response funding, members of the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee released a bill set to be finalized Friday, reflecting steadfast, and in some cases growing support for research, preparedness and response efforts to control the […]

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 […]