Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

U.S. drug costs lead to lapsed treatment adherence, less viral suppression, more ER, hospital visits for people with HIV, study finds

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From 2016 to 2017, 14% of people living with HIV in the United States did something to save money on the out-of-pocket costs of their prescription medicine. Some asked their provider for a lower-priced medicine. Some bought their medicine from another country. Some used an alternative therapy. About half of them — 7 % of […]

CDC: Across 20 PEPFAR countries, index testing for HIV doubled diagnosis rates

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Tracing and offering HIV tests to exposed partners and children of people living with the virus led to twice the rate of positive tests than all other HIV testing interventions combined across 20 countries between 2016 to 2018, according to an analysis in the current Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the U.S. Centers for […]

Study highlights “missed opportunities” to prevent HIV infections with PrEP

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In the three years following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a daily oral antiretroviral medicine to prevent HIV infection, records show that 885 South Carolina residents older than 13 were diagnosed with HIV. About two-thirds of them had visited health care facilities before their diagnoses — for a combined total of more […]

China study indicates bias against men who have sex with men spurs migration, potential spread of HIV, stalls services, responses

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Study highlights role of dating website in filling gaps The quest is for anonymity, but the result is closer to invisibililty. While the numbers of men who have sex with men remain a guess in China, a country that only in the last 20 years decriminalized same-sex intimacy, and only in the last decade and […]

For HIV counselors in Zambia, work hits close to home

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The following is a guest post from Karen Blyth, director of East Africa programs for Intrahealth International. They’ve lost children, family, and friends to HIV. Now they search their community’s churches, bars, schools, and markets, offering help to those who are at risk but often out of reach. By Karen Blyth In a small office […]

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 […]

CDC issues interim guidelines on preexposure antiretroviral use for heterosexual adults

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines for clinicians prescribing antiretroviral medicine to prevent acquisition of HIV in heterosexual men and women, saying daily doses of Truvada can be safe and effective in reducing risk of infection. The guidelines, released in the agency’s August 10 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, emphasize that […]