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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.
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Utilising social networking to increase HIV testing uptake
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
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
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
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.