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New US guidelines for PrEP target groups
16 May, 2014
Truvada was licensed in the US as an HIV prevention measure for at-risk HIV-negative people in July 2012, however, this approval of PrEP by the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) was not accompanied by clear guidelines on priority groups to be prescribed the drug. New PrEP guidelines have now been released to clarify key target groups.
HIV criminalisation bill passed in Uganda
13 May, 2014
Ugandan HIV activists are angered with news that an HIV criminalisation bill has been passed by parliament this week. If signed into law by the president, the bill will criminalise deliberate transmission of HIV, in a move that is seen as a significant step away from a rights-based approach to combatting the HIV epidemic.
Research shows male circumcision scale-up successful
7 May, 2014
Large-scale voluntary male medical circumcision (VMMC) programmes can be successfully implemented and impact positively upon new HIV infections in low-resource settings, according to a new series of research published in the PLOS Collection yesterday. The research focuses on the overall success of large-scale VCCM interventions in southern and eastern African countries, and the lessons learnt for going forward.
AVERT-funded home-based care study featured in PLOS ONE
Third-line ART can improve clinical & economic outcomes in SSA
24 April, 2014
A new study has revealed that access to third-line antiretroviral treatment (ART) for HIV can be cost effective in low-resource settings, as long as there are systems in place to identify those who urgently need third-line therapy, and those who could still benefit from second-line therapy.
Rwanda making considerable gains in HIV response
16 April, 2014
Rwanda was one of the first countries globally to achieve universal coverage of HIV treatment. While treatment coverage challenges remain, Rwanda may hold many lessons for other nations in Africa and around the around.
Socioeconomic status associated with HIV mortality in Uganda
10 April, 2014
Unemployment, a lack of formal education and claiming housing benefit are all indicators linked with HIV and AIDS-related mortality in Uganda. The findings, published ahead of print in JAIDS, are among the first to link vital socioeconomic status (SES) indicators, including wealth index components, with HIV and AIDS mortality in low- and middle-income countries.
Survey reveals South Africa has highest new infection rate globally
4 April, 2014
South Africa's Human Sciences Research Council's (HSRC) National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey has revealed the country had the highest HIV incidence rate in the world in 2012 with an estimated 400,000 people newly infected with HIV.