Highlights

HIV Cases Drop but Picture Grim

The national HIV prevalence has dropped to 5.6 per cent from the previous 7.1 per cent recorded in 2007, according to the latest Kenya Aids Indicator Survey.Read More

Source: June 27, 2014 Daily Nation Newspaper (Page 11)

President of Kenya Commits to Ensure Sustainability of the AIDS Response in Kenya

The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, pledged to continue working with the United Nations for the effective utilization of available resources in the national AIDS response.... Read More

Source: http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2014/july/20140709kenya /

Spare Our Students the Condoms Burden

A recent story in this paper was music to my ears. It reported Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi stating on a Nation FM ‘State of the Nation’ radio programme that the government will not support condoms and birth control pills for students.Read More

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/Students-Condoms-Reproductive-Health- Care-Bill/-/440808/2357952/-/ll2ryjz/-/index.html

Ebola Virus Disease, West Africa – update

The Ebola epidemic trend in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone remains precarious with ongoing community and health-facility transmissions of infection. Read More

Source: http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_07_31_ebola/en/

Ebola challenges West African Countries as WHO ramps up Response

The emergence of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa in 2014 has become a challenge to the 3 countries involved.... Read More

Source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2014/ebola-response/en/

Facts

More than 35.3 million people are currently living with HIV in the world. 2.1 million of these are adolescents (10-19 years).
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) prevents the HIV virus from multiplying in the body.
In 2012,more than 35.3 million people were living with HIV worldwide 2.1 million of these were adolescents (10-19 years).
Antiretroviral coverage of pregnant women living with HIV to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus reached 62%, in 2012
More than 75% of all estimated HIV incident tuberculosis cases live in just 10 countries, nine of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2012, more than 35.3 million people were living with HIV worldwide where 2.1 million of these were adolescents (10-19 years).
In 2012, 62% of pregnant women living with HIV received antiretroviral treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.
In 2012, 62% of pregnant women living with HIV received antiretroviral treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.
Consisting of the combination of antiretroviral drugs (ARV), antiretroviral therapy slows the rate at which HIV multiplies in the body helping the infected person to stay healthy. It also helps to prevent HIV transmission.

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In this issue we feature major articles on the just concluded AIDS 2014 Conference in Melbourne, Australia.We have also touched on the deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

ART

Maximizing the Benefits of Antiretroviral Therapy for Key Populations

"Maximizing the benefits of ART for key populations" grew out of discussions between the Key Affected Populations and Treatment as Prevention Working Groups of the International AIDS Society.

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Source: http://www.iasociety.org/Web/WebContent/File/KAPs_WhitePaper_2014.pdf

Diagnostics

UNAIDS and Partners launch Initiative to Improve HIV Diagnostics

Partners will advocate for increased funding and price reductions, strengthen efforts to ensure highest quality diagnostic services and forge partnerships to close diagnostic access gaps.

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Source: http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2014/july/201 40723dai/...

Treatment

A new Target for HIV Treatment from UNAIDS

imageAIDS researcher Joep Lange, who died in Malaysian Airlines 17 crash last week, a high level panel Sunday discussed the UNAIDS new target for HIV treatment — 30 million by 2030.

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Source: http://sciencespeaksblog.org/2014/07/20/aids-2014unaids-ending-the-aidsepidemic- a-new-target-for-hiv-treatmen

Contraception

More Data suggest Increased Risk of HIV Infection for Women Using Contraceptive Injections

imageA sophisticated meta-analysis, pooling individual-level data on 37,000 women, has found that the use of DMPA injectable hormonal contraception is linked with a higher rate of new HIV infections in women, the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne heard today. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced at the same session that its guideline supporting the provision of this contraceptive to women at risk of HIV infection remains unchanged.

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/page/2894227/?utm_source=NAM-Email- Promotion&utm_medium=conference-bulletin&utm_campaign=English

Global Health Initiatives

Of Guidelines, Targets and Resources: The Documents that defined the 2014 International AIDS Conference

If there was a phrase that defined the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), one that surfaced in every few presentations and kept turning up in documents, it was "key affected populations".

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/Of-guidelines-targets-and-resources-the-documentsthat-defined-the-2014-International-AIDS-Conference/page/2895350/

Human Rights

Tackling Moral Judgments about Sex and Sexuality is Vital for HIV Prevention

Scientific advances in biomedical prevention and treatment will not reach transgender people, men who have sex with men (MSM) and other populations with the greatest needs without parallel efforts to improve human rights, the Filipino activist Laurindo Garcia told the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in a powerful plenary speech yesterday.

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/Tackling-moral-judgments-about-sex-and-sexuality-isvital-for-HIV-prevention/page/2894929/

ARVS Cost

High Prices hinder Access to Newer HIV Drugs and Optimal Tests that Ensure Treatment is Working

Melbourne, 21 July 2014 – High prices continue to represent a major barrier to affordable access of both new HIV medicines and viral load testing

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Source: http://www.msfaccess.org/about-us/media-room/press-releases/high-priceshinder-access-newer-hiv-drugs-and-optimal-tests

ART

Therapy with Newer, Safer Antiretrovirals an Option for the Majority of HIV-Positive Patients

The majority of people taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) that includes drugs associated with long-term side-effects may have the option of switching to a novel regimen that uses newer and safer anti-HIV drugs, according to Australian research published in PLOS ONE

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Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/Therapy-with-newer-safer-antiretrovirals-anoption- for-the-majority-of-HIV-positive-patients/page/2866538/