Highlights

Infants Treated within Days of Birth can clear HIV Reservoir Rapidly

Viral load and viral DNA fall rapidly in infants who begin antiretroviral therapy (ART) within days of birth, two South African studies have found... Read More

Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/page/3117512/?utm_source=NAM-Email-Promotion&utm_medium=aidsmap-news&utm_campaign=aidsmap-news

Ending AIDS in Children by 2020

Faith-based organizations have been engaged in accompanying people living with and affected by HIV, in all parts of the world, since the impact of the epidemic first became evident... Read More

Source: Parallel Event at 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. By Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo

Point-of-Care Test Improves Infant HIV Diagnosis rate, Treatment starts and Retention in Care

Using a point-of-care test to diagnose HIV in infants significantly... Read More

Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/page/3117477/?utm_source=NAM-Email-Promotion&utm_medium=aidsmap-news&utm_campaign=aidsmap-news

Nine Countries Commit to halve Maternal and Newborn Deaths in Health Facilities

Today, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda... Read More

Source: http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/news_events/news/quality-ofcare-network/en/?utm_source=WHO+List&utm_campaign=6fa4fd583d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_823e9e35c1-6fa4fd583d-266618061

 

Dear All,

Greetings! This is the 16th issue of the ARC newsletter but the first for this year. It is my hope that you have had a good start of 2017. We are happy to continue to disemminate key information on HIV/AIDS and other related issues. We look forward to greater growth moing forward. For those joining our mailing list for the first time, welcome!

Wishing you all a Blessed Easter!

Manager - ARC

Access to Health Service

A Benign circle: how a Combination of Factors has reduced HIV Infections in One of the Hardest-hit Parts of Africa

imageHIV incidence has started to tumble in one of the best-studied groups of people in Africa, the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) heard in Seattle today...

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/page/3117447/?utm_source=NAM-Email-Promotion&utm_medium=aidsmap-news&utm_campaign=aidsmap-news

Care and Treatment

Peer Navigators Improve Linkage to HIV Care and Retention in Care in South African Study

Adults recently diagnosed with HIV getting help from peers to address personal barriers to care together with SMS check-in messages, appointment and healthy living reminders had nearly twice the odds of being retained in care at one year follow-up compared....

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/Peer-navigators-improve-linkage-to-HIV-care-and-retention-incare-in-South-African-study/page/3119642/

Ebola

Social Mobilization Lessons Learned: The Ebola Response in Liberia

image There is a naivety among many HIV prevention researchers and advocates about the steps needed to introduce and implement new HIV prevention technologies such as oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), vaginal rings and vaccines, according to speakers at the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P 2016) conference in Chicago last week....

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Source: www.healthcommcapacity.org

Hepatitis

Co-infection with HCV increases Cancer rRisk for People with HIV Risk remain Significant after Exclusion of Liver Cancer

People with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infection have an increased risk of non-AIDS-defining cancers compared to people with HIV mono-infection, investigators from Spain report in the online edition of AIDS. Even after hepatocellular carcinoma was excluded, co-infection was associated with a 26% increase in the risk of non-AIDS-related cancers relative to HIV mono-infection....

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/Co-infection-with-HCV-increases-cancer-risk-for-people-with-HIV/page/3127606/

Mental Health

Better Depression Care could Improve Outcomes for HIV Treatment Programmes

image Improved management of depression and other mental health disorders has the potential to improve the outcomes of HIV treatment programmes, Pamela Collins of the National Institute of Mental Health told the Conference on Retroviruses...

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/Better-depression-care-could-improve-outcomes-for-HIVtreatment-programmes/page/3119660/

Prevention

Experimental STI prophylaxis in PrEP users produces Big drops in Syphilis and Chlamydia Infections but not in Gonorrhoea

image Use of the antibiotic doxycycline as on-demand post-exposure prophylaxis by men who have sex with men (MSM) taking part in the Ipergay HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial produced a 70% drop in chlamydia infections and a 73% drop in syphilis...

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/page/3117534/?utm_source=NAM-Email-Promotion&utm_medium=aidsmap-news&utm_campaign=aidsmap-news

Prevention

No Evidence of Risk Compensation after Circumcision in Three African Cohorts

Three large studies in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya have found no evidence that men who have been circumcised have more sexual risk behaviours than uncircumcised men. Two of the studies were reported last week at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) in Seattle...

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/No-evidence-of-risk-compensation-after-circumcision-inthree-African-cohorts/page/3119859/

Research

Dual Antiretroviral Regimen Maintains Durable HIV Suppression after Switch

image People who switched from standard antiretroviral therapy (ART) to a two-drug regimen of dolutegravir (Tivicay) plus rilpivirine (Edurant) were able to maintain an undetectable viral load for 48 weeks in a pair of late-stage clinical trials, according to a late-breaking...

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/page/3117509/?utm_source=NAM-Email-Promotion&utm_medium=aidsmap-news&utm_campaign=aidsmap-news