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International rapid response team called over HIV/AIDS outbreak in Sindh: Dr. Zafar Mirza

[From Dawn, May 26, 2019] “Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza on Sunday announced that after seeking the advice of the Sindh health minister, he had called an international rapid response team in the aftermath of the recent HIV/AIDS outbreak in the province. Pakistan is a considered a… Read More »

Half a million adults in Johannesburg are HIV-positive- new study

[From Times Live, May 27, 2019] “Almost one in five (17%) of South African adults aged between 15 and 49 have HIV – a five percentage point increase from 2000. A total of 5.3 million South Africans under the age of 50 are HIV-positive, according to a study by the University of Washington’s Institute for… Read More »

Cryptococcal Meningitis Responsible for 1 in 10 HIV-Related Deaths, Study Reports

[From ContagionLive, May 23, 2019] “Cryptococcosis is one of the leading causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa among adults living with HIV. Tuberculosis is the most common cause of AIDS-related morality in adults, but estimates indicate that cryptococcal meningitis is the second most common cause, with a mortality rate of around 15%.” For more, click… Read More »

HIV upsurge in China’s students

[From Science Magazine, May 24, 2019] “Thirty years ago, China experienced its first indigenous HIV/AIDS cases. Since then, HIV has spread from drug users and blood transfusion recipients to the general urban population, mainly through sexual routes. Particularly worrisome is the recent increase of HIV infection among college students, according to the Chinese Center for… Read More »

New South Wales reports progress towards ending HIV

[From Out in Perth, May 24, 2019] “The latest data showing a continued decline in HIV transmission rates in NSW has been welcomed by the state’s leading HIV prevention and HIV support organisation, ACON. The NSW HIV Strategy Data Report – Quarter 1 shows that in the first three months of 2019, there were 22… Read More »

Churches can help increase HIV testing in South African men

[From AVERT, May 21, 2019] “An HIV testing campaign conducted within South African churches successfully recruited 43% of the congregation for HIV testing on campaign days and was most successful at reaching men and particularly men who had never tested before.” For more, click here.

318K HIV-Positive Russians Have Died Since 1987 – Watchdog

[From Moscow Times, May 20, 2019] “The HIV epidemic has led to the deaths of an estimated 318,000 Russians since the first case was registered in 1987, or 10,000 every year, the country’s national consumer watchdog has said.” For more, click here.

Young HIV patients dying in Sask. despite availability of free treatment: doctors

[From CBC, May 05, 2019] “HIV patients in some parts of Saskatchewan are not being offered treatment with free, readily available antiretroviral drugs that can save their lives and — according to new research — prevent sexual transmission of the virus.” For more, click here.

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