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Ugandan AIDS Activists Call On Government To Reconsider Decision Against PrEP

Activists in Uganda are calling on the government to reconsider its “dismissal of an emerging prevention protocol demonstrated to be effective in a trial conducted partly in Uganda, and which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” IRIN reports. “The protocol in question is a form of…

USAID Blog Examines How Microloan Program Supports People Living With HIV In Vietnam

Writing in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Nguyen Thac Phuong, a communications specialist for USAID in Vietnam, examines how M7/CFRC, “a microfinance service provider supported by the USAID HIV Workplace Project,” is helping support people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. “Since 2008, the project, funded under [PEPFAR], has helped 1,400 people living…

Voluntary Male Circumcision Lowers Risk Of HIV Infection, Follow-Up Study Confirms

A follow-up survey to a previous study showing that voluntary medical male circumcision can significantly reduce the risk of HIV infection confirms that finding, Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports. “Bertran Auvert, whose pioneering work, unveiled in 2006, helped unleash a circumcision campaign in … sub-Saharan Africa,” and colleagues returned to Orange Farm…

Congo Health Ministry Confirms No ARVs Currently Available In Country, IRIN Reports

IRIN examines the availability of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) in Congo, reporting that Germain Cephas Ewangui, chair of the Pan African Association Thomas Sankara (APTS), told the news agency there are no ARVs currently available in the country. The Ministry of Health and Population said “some 16,310 patients in Congo were…

Researchers Discover Protein In Breast Milk That Can Disable HIV

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Genevieve Fouda of Duke University and colleagues describe the isolation of a “single protein called tenascin-C” in human breast milk that is believed to “disabl[e] HIV by locking onto a protein on the virus’s surface, and ……

New Report Examines District-Level Health Data In South Africa

South Africa’s Health-e on Tuesday published six articles highlighting Health Systems Trust’s annual District Health Barometer, which provides district-level data on a wide range of health issues. The first article examines maternal and infant mortality in various provinces and districts (Cullinan, 10/29). A second article lists “some of the worst…

African Judges Meet To Discuss HIV/AIDS-Related Human Rights, Legal Issues

More than 50 African judges and magistrates on Tuesday met at a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, to share HIV/AIDS-related experiences with human rights and the law, Xinhua reports. “Kenya’s Supreme Court President Willy Mutungai said the meeting will provide an opportunity for judges and magistrates to discuss effective strategies and…

Understanding HIV ‘Treatment Cascade’ Critical For Program Success

In a joint post in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog, senior fellow Mead Over and research assistant Yuna Sakuma examine the issue of retention with respect to HIV treatment, which they note was discussed at the October 2 PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board meeting. “For years…

Early HIV Treatment Is Cost-Effective Over Long Term, Study Says

“Treating people with HIV soon after they become infected is cost-effective over the long term, according to a study out Wednesday [in the New England Journal of Medicine] that focused on South Africa and India,” Agence France-Presse reports. “By projecting the treatment costs over time and accounting for the effects…

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