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Too many PLHIV lack basic HIV treatment knowledge

22 October, 2014

The majority of people are poorly informed about their HIV treatment. Accurate information on HIV treatment is essential to reach the global and national HIV targets.


Sexual health promotion for MSM through smartphone apps

20 October, 2014

It has been suggested that smartphone apps have the potential to encourage sexual health among men who have sex with men (MSM). Smartphone apps for dating and casual sex have developed substantially and have become widely used by MSM over the last few years. As a result, health organisations are becoming increasingly aware of using these apps for sexual health advertisements, a recent report in the Lancet reveals.


Utilising social networking to increase HIV testing uptake

17 October, 2014

Face-to-face interaction and networking among peers has been found to be a more effective to engaging people in HIV testing than standard health system referrals.


India: Delayed ART procurement saw 150,000 PLHIV at risk of missing treatment

15 October, 2014

A delayed tendering process for antiretroviral drugs by the Indian National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) meant that 150,000 people living with HIV (PLHIV) in India were at risk of being without antiretroviral treatment (ART) for October. This is a continuation of the drugs crisis AVERT reported on last month, which saw NACO having issues procuring drugs.


De-worming has a positive effect on CD4 count in pregnant women

13 October, 2014

Treating pregnant HIV-positive women for worm infections increase CD4 count and decrease viral HIV load, shown in a recently published conducted in Rwanda


Types of social support strategies influence depression rates in PLHIV

10 October, 2014

Social support to people living with HIV have been associated with reduced rates of depression. A study in rural South Africa, found that social support is more effective than emotional support at reducing rates of depression.


Can the Netherlands keep their leading role in harm reduction programmes?

8 October, 2014

The European Harm Reduction Conference 2014 was hosted in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, reflecting the Dutch approach in harm reduction programmes


59% of children suffering from severe immunodeficiency at treatment initiation

6 October, 2014

Two thirds of children from low and middle-income countries are presented for HIV treatment with severe immunodeficiency, a new study has revealed. Current WHO guidelines recommend that treatment is available for all HIV positive children under the age of five, regardless of their CD4 count, in order to curb the epidemic among younger generations. These updated guidelines have led to a profound increase in children receiving treatment, with over 740,000 children in 2013 on highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART).