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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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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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22 October 2014

Too many PLHIV lack basic HIV treatment knowledge

In countries hit hardest by the HIV epidemic, people are poorly informed about their HIV treatment concludes The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) in their recently published report; “Global Policy, Local Disconnection. A look into the implementation of the 2013 HIV treatment guidelines”.

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26 September 2014

PLHIV have lower health quality of life despite treatment

People living with HIV (PLHIV) who are on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and have achieved viral suppression, still have a lower health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) than those in the general population. Data from the UK shows that despite life expectancy for PLHIV nearly equalling the general population, morbidity is still an important issue.

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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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10 September 2014

Visceral leishmaniasis-HIV co-infection an emerging global health issue

Visceral leishmaniasis-HIV (VL/HIV) co-infection is an emerging global health issue, prominent in Africa, and on the rise in South America and India. Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a disease that develops from the leishmaniasis parasite, which is transmitted via the bite of a sand fly.

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26 July 2014

Taiwan lifts travel ban for people living with HIV

Taiwan has lifted the ban on entry, stay and residence of foreigners living with HIV, as reported in the Taipei Times last week. The new law states that people wishing to stay in Taiwan for more than three months are no longer required to produce a recent HIV test, nor do they risk being deported or having their visas revoked if they find that they are living with HIV.

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