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Amivi’s story: Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in South Sudan

11 July, 2014

Amivi*, 27, who is living with HIV, has been going to the one Save the Children’s health facility in Nimule every day to receive free antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. Despite the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, Save the Children has continued its effort to care for the children in this global hot spot. Today, she is at the centre not only for her own medical care but to follow up on the HIV status of her 18-month-old daughter, Yabo*.

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Adolescents & HIV: have we taken our eye off the ball?

9 July, 2014

According to a World Health Organisation report published earlier this year, HIV is now estimated to be the number two cause of death among adolescents aged 10-19 globally, and the number one in Africa, and this at a time when HIV-related deaths are decreasing in all other age groups. Adolescent health, and in particular adolescent health and HIV, continues to be a missing piece of the global health jigsaw and one of the reasons is the complexity of the issues – and consequent decisions that need to be taken - facing service providers working with this age group.

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The importance of social protection programmes for PLHIV

7 July, 2014

The importance of HIV sensitive social protection programmes has been emphasised in a recent report published by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

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Gender inequality key foundation for generalised HIV epidemics

2 July, 2014

Gender inequality is a major contributor to maintaining and establishing generalised HIV epidemics, according to a new short report published in the International AIDS Society Journal. The report calls on programmes to combat gender inequality as an integral part of public health policy formation and combatting generalised heterosexual HIV epidemics.

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South Sudan integrates HIV testing into other health services

26 June, 2014

HIV testing and counselling services are to be integrated into provider-initiated health services to try and get more people tested for HIV in South Sudan. Since South Sudan’s independence in July 2011, a lot of progress has been made in bringing health services to the country but more needs to be done to alert people about HIV and to get them on treatment.

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Window of opportunity to reach PWID in MENA

20 June, 2014

Findings of a systematic review provide strong evidence of growing HIV epidemics among people who inject drugs in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. There is also a possibility that hidden epidemics among PWID exist in other countries. The researchers highlight the need to act now to take control of emerging and growing HIV epidemics in this region.

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New study seeks to emulate results of the Mississippi baby

18 June, 2014

The US National Institute of Health (NIH) is beginning a study to ascertain whether an aggressive treatment regime started soon after birth can effectively cure an infant of HIV. The global study is hoping to emulate the case of the ‘Mississippi baby’, who gained notoriety in 2013 after being functionally cured of HIV – a state where a very small amount of the virus is present, but is unable to replicate.

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Pitfalls of WHO TasP recommendations for discordant couples

13 June, 2014

Researchers set out to assess how many people living with HIV would benefit from World Health Organisation 2013 antiretroviral treatment recommendations regarding serodiscordant couples based on their relationship status and the HIV status of their partner.

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