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Twitter’s potential role in the delivery of health messages

14 November, 2014

A recent study shows that social media can inform the public about health. Real-time, follow-up, information on healthcare services and healthcare information could be vital in the provision of health care.


Stem cell research could lead to a cure for HIV

12 November, 2014

Researchers from Harvard Stem Cell Institute published how blood cells can be made inaccessible to HIV virus. This new development could potentially lead to a cure for HIV.


Key populations continue to affect HIV epidemic in the US

10 November, 2014

New HIV infections among the general population in the United States have declined by 5.6 percent from 2008 to 2011, according to a new report by the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC). The report also finds that key affected populations have been left behind – with men who have sex with men (MSM), young people, adolescents and adults under 30 experiencing an increase in new HIV infections over the same period.


Namibian Supreme Court rules that women have been sterilised without consent

7 November, 2014

Namibian women have won their case against the government, holding public hospitals responsible for the sterilisation of women living with HIV without their informed consent. The case was brought to court by three women who where sterilised without consent by doctors in public hospitals after giving birth. The Supreme Court ruled that the practice of the hospitals violated the legal rights of the women.


Retention of care for people on PEP needs to be addressed

3 November, 2014

Retention of care for people taking post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV needs to be improved, with only 56 percent of people eligible for PEP completing the 28-day treatment regime. In a study published in AIDS Journal, the authors analyse data on completion rates for PEP, highlighting the need to understand poor adherence rates and integrate this understanding into the broader HIV agenda.


Randomised PrEP trials close early due to highly effective results.

29 October, 2014

The randomised controlled IPERGAY PrEP trial has closed early due to highly effective results. The results overwhelmingly revealed the effectiveness of PrEP, evidencing a significant reduction in HIV infection. This is promising to future HIV prevention and treatment strategies, especially for men who have sex with men (MSM).


Researchers identify promising target for HIV treatment

27 October, 2014

Researchers have discovered a new target protein for the development new of HIV treatment. The Ssu72 protein is responsible for the activation of HIV after it has entered the cells in the body.


TB rates still too high according to the WHO

24 October, 2014

In 2013, 9 million people were infected with TB and 1.5 million died from this disease of which, 360 000 people were co-infected with TB and HIV.