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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).


HIV prevalence for over 50’s has doubled

3 October, 2014

Global HIV prevalence among the over 50’s has doubled from 1995 to 2013, meaning that there are currently 4.2 million people living with HIV in this age group. In a recent study published ahead of print in AIDS journal, researchers compared UNAIDS estimates with national household surveys to confirm accuracy and consistency of the data for the over 50’s.


Closer to understanding why the Berlin patient was cured of HIV

1 October, 2014

A recent study has attempted to further understand why Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the Berlin man, was cured of HIV in 2006 after living with the virus for 11 years. The research has narrowed down critical factors that were involved in eliminating the HIV virus from Brown’s body. Brown remains the only known case of someone who has been cured of HIV and his case has subsequently gained immense interest among researchers striving to find a cure for HIV.


Increased risk of age-related diseases for HIV positive populations

30 September, 2014

Recent studies of older HIV positive people has found that people living with HIV are at greater risk of suffering from age-related diseases than not HIV infected people