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In Lesotho, where life expectancy is under 50, the last to test for HIV are the hardest to reach

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Clinics for men, adolescent-dedicated sections in existing clinics, and increased support for community-based services are all needed to expand the reach of HIV testing in Lesotho, and offer hope of controlling the epidemic in a country where the virus is responsible for one of the shortest life expectancies in the world, according to a report […]

IDWeek presenter highlights global implications of HIV treatment resistance in Philippines

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Oct. 7, 2017 SAN DIEGO –  Dr. Edsel Salvaña has two posters in the exhibit hall here, each one carrying terrible news from the Philippines, that, if you pause to look at the one he stands in front of, he will cheerfully and concisely explain, has frightening implications well beyond his country. In fact, with […]

Who needs infectious disease docs? Everyone . . .

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Journal supplement delves into the rewards and challenges of chasing bugs no one wants to catch . . . Of all the specialties a young physician can enter, one that offers a career of saving lives and protecting communities, supporting social justice and alleviating suffering, while following questions and finding answers across health systems, neighborhoods […]

State Department, PEPFAR release good news and a “strategy” short on details, definition

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Names 13 countries for “particular focus” with aim for epidemic control by 2020 . . . Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe to be focus of efforts . . . Providing some clarification to proposals to shift the focus of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief […]

Advanced illness at HIV treatment start is dropping in some countries surveyed, still seen in a third of new patients

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The prevalence of advanced HIV among people beginning antiretroviral treatment has declined in eight of 10 resource-constrained countries surveyed, while median immune cell counts went up — indicating less weakened immune systems — in six countries, indicating improved access to testing and treatment, but still, about one third of patients starting treatment during the time […]

Tracking patients raises numbers returning to antiretroviral treatment — but tracking the right patients would be better still

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When community health workers went looking for patients who had started antiretroviral treatment but had stopped showing up for care at 14 clinics across Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, 13 percent of those sought returned to treatment. That represented a significant, if still small improvement over the 10 percent who returned for care when no effort […]

Office of AIDS Research gets a shout out — and a $544 million cut in NIH budget “justification”

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Citing priorities of HIV research slated to lose hundreds of millions of dollars, dispatching the Fogarty International Center while extolling its contributions, document released by National Institutes of Health director tallies steep and devastating cuts without explanation ” . . .the HIV epidemic represents the most serious health crisis of our time, a critical and […]

WHO issues guidelines for HIV self-testing, partner notification

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Noting persisting lags in HIV diagnoses, particularly among men, adolescents and people — including men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and individuals who earn income through sex work — who are marginalized by discriminatory laws and policies, the World Health Organization today released guidelines to help nations and programs use self-testing for HIV as […]

HLM 2016 AIDS: “Reaffirming” urgency while dodging realities, UN resolution on HIV shows what happens when a declaration is political

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Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerate the Fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030 sets new targets, notes gaps, but leaves much unsaid, most affected behind NEW YORK — After weeks of amendments, deletions, rephrasing, and equivocations, the document agreed to by the member states represented […]