Highlights

HIV Prevention Drug on Trial in Kenya soon to be available to General Public

Youth commemorate World Aids Day. Scientists have been researching preventive drugs... Read More

Source: http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/scienceandhealth/New-preventive-drug-for-high-risk-HIVfree-groups-in-Kenya/-/3073694/3104474/-/k10qcpz/-/index.html

Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Key Populations for HIV Epidemic Control

Southern Africa is at the epicentre of the global HIV epidemic, bearing almost 40% of the global burden of infection despite being home to less than 2%... Read More

Source: http://www.jiasociety.org/index.php/jias/article/view/19408

Botswana Close to Reaching the 90-90-90 Testing and Treatment Targets

Botswana is already close to reaching the 90-90-90 target for testing, treatment and viral suppression... Read More

Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/page/3039195/?utm_source=NAM-Email-Promotion&utm_medium=aidsmap-news&utm_campaign=aidsmap-news

ART has averted over 850,000 HIV-Related Opportunistic Infections in Low and Middle Income Countries

Rollout of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in low and middle income countries has averted over 850,000... Read More

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35433856

Facts

In 2014, an estimated 36.9 million people globally were living with HIV
UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
An estimated 25.8 million people were living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa In 2014
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
An estimated 1.2 million people died from AIDS-related causes worldwide in 2014
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
Worldwide, an estimated 2 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2014, down from 3.1 million in
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 66% of the global total of new HIV infections.
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimate of 790 000 people died of AIDS-related causes in 2014.
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
Tuberculosis remains the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, accounting for around one in three AIDS-related deaths.
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
The number of AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa fell by 48%, Between 2004 and 2014
Source: UNAIDS Factsheet 2015
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Option B+ has Enabled Malawi to Make Significant Progress towards 90-90-90

In four years, Malawi's treatment cascade for pregnant women has been transformed so that the proportion of women with HIV who are diagnosed has gone from 49 to 80%, and the proportion who are virally suppressed...

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/page/3040148/?utm_source=NAM-Email-Promotion&utm_medium=aidsmap-news&utm_campaign=aidsmap-news

Care and Treatment

Free ARVs are not Enough: the Hidden Costs of Treating HIV in Nigeria

imageThe Nigerian government's decision to provide antiretrovirals freely as part of HIV programmes at the country's health facilities has dramatically improved the uptake of treatment. Since 2006 government has provided free antiretroviral...

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Source: https://theconversation.com/free-arvs-are-not-enough-the-hidden-costs-oftreating-hiv-in-nigeria-55982

Care and Treatment

Starting HIV Therapy a Associated with Improvements in Liver function, especially when Viral Load is Suppressed

Starting antiretroviral therapy is associated with improvements in liver function in HIV-positive men with and without viral hepatitis co-infection, investigators from the United States...

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Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201512212051.html

Hepatitis

Sofosbuvir/ledipasvir for 6 weeks cures HCV in HIV-positive people with acute HCV if viral load is low

Maternal mortality ratios are a strong reflection of the overall effectiveness of a country's health systems, and in Malawi the lifetime risk of maternal death is one in 34...

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Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201510281565.html

Research

START Trial Provides Definitive Evidence of the Benefits of Early HIV Treatment

imagePeople who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) immediately after HIV diagnosis, while their CD4 cell count is still high, rather than waiting until it falls below 350 cells/mm3 have a significantly lower risk of illness and death, according...

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Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-more-excuses-we-have-the-tools-to-end-the-hivaids-pandemic/2016/01/08/a01cc876-b611-11e5-a842-0feb51d1d124_story.html

Research

Studies Probe Retention in HIV Care for Women who Start Antiretroviral Treatment during Pregnancy

Engaging lay counsellors to provide a combination package of evidence-based interventions in Nyanza, Kenya and addressing partner disclosure, as well as pre-treatment education about the benefits of antiretroviral therapy (ART)...

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/page/3040485/?utm_source=NAM-Email-Promotion&utm_medium=aidsmap-news&utm_campaign=aidsmap-news

Transmission

Breastfeeding in the 21st Century: Epidemiology, Mechanisms, and Lifelong Effect

The importance of breastfeeding in low-income and middle-income countries is well recognised, but less consensus exists about its importance in high-income countries. In low-income and middle-income countries, only 37% of children...

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Source: http://www.thelancet.com