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22 December 2014

Different populations reached with different community HIV testing and counselling approaches

New research from Lesotho provides more insight into what types of community-based HIV testing and counselling (HTC) are most effective in reaching people with HIV services in resource-limited settings.  The cluster randomised control trial, published in PLOS One, looked at whether home-based HTC (HB-HTC) resulted in a higher uptake of HTC than delivery through community gathering and mobile clinics (MC-HTC).

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15 December 2014

Contraception uptake improves along HIV treatment cascade

Women living with HIV on antiretroviral treatment (ART) are more likely to report single and dual-method contraception use, the longer they are enrolled on HIV treatment. The findings, reported in JAIDS this week, looked at research from a rural community in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and is the first of its kind to look at uptake of contraception in women as they progress along the HIV treatment cascade.

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10 December 2014

Mortality risks in children on ART measured by weight gaining

Poor gaining of weight in children under the age of 10 on antiretroviral treatment (ART) is associated with an increased risk of mortality. According to a recently published study in AIDS Journal, children with poor weight gain after 6 and 12 months of ART initiation have a higher risk of death in comparison to children who gained good weight.

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01 December 2014

World AIDS Day 2014: Nomerica's Story

Our World AIDS Day 2014 blog brings together voices from the field to share perspectives on the HIV epidemic on this day of remembrance and solidarity. This blog series includes messages from AVERT’s CEO, our partner, the Umunthu Foundation, and a case study from our South African partner, Sisonke. The blog also features guest pieces from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, and the Key Correspondents programme.

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01 December 2014

World AIDS Day 2014: A message to young people from Malawi

Our World AIDS Day 2014 blog brings together voices from the field to share perspectives on the HIV epidemic on this day of remembrance and solidarity. This blog series includes messages from AVERT’s CEO, our partner, the Umunthu Foundation, and a case study from our South African partner, Sisonke. The blog also features guest pieces from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, and the Key Correspondents programme.

David Odali, Director, the Umunthu Foundation

Dear all young people,

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07 November 2014

Namibian Supreme Court rules women were sterilised without consent

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.

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13 October 2014

De-worming has a positive effect on CD4 count in pregnant women

Treating pregnant HIV-positive women who are on antiretroviral treatment (ART) for helminth infections, also known as worm infections, is proven to increase CD4 count and haemoglobin level and decrease viral HIV load. These findings are a result of a recently published study in Clinical Infectious Diseases, conducted in Rwanda.

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10 October 2014

Types of social support strategies influence depression rates in PLHIV

Social support in the form of financial assistance and the provision of material goods and services has been associated with reduced rates of depression among people living with HIV (PLHIV) and on antiretroviral treatment (ART). A recent study in rural South Africa, found that this type of ‘instrumental’ social support is more effective than ‘emotional’ social support at reducing rates of depression.

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15 September 2014

HIV positive mothers likely to stop treatment after delivery

A new study has found that mothers living with HIV in South Africa often discontinue HIV care after their child is born and has tested negative for HIV, because they perceive their own health as unimportant. The study sought to understand the challenges facing HIV positive woman during the postpartum period, and why there is such a low retention of care. Although barriers for retention in care among HIV positive adults in sub-Saharan Africa are well known.

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02 September 2014

Rise in HIV prevalence among South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

There has been an estimated 15 percent increase in new HIV infections among South Sudanese refugees in a Ugandan refugee camp. Since the conflict in South Sudan re-erupted, 1.5 million people have been displaced, with over 421,000 fleeing to neighbouring countries such as Uganda. In one Ugandan refugee camp, Kiryandogo, the population is increasing every day with an expected 35,000 refugees by the end of 2014.

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