‘My mother died without telling me I had HIV’

[From BBC News, July 3, 2019] “Some parents in Kenya take the secret of their HIV status to their graves, leaving their children ignorant and unwell. Brian Omondi, who was born with HIV, started taking anti-retroviral (ARV) pills when he was 10.” For more, click here.

HIV In The Deep South: The Fix

[From Newsy, June 28, 2019] “From community clinics to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, a force is required to find solutions to the South’s HIV epidemic.” For more, click here.

High awareness but low uptake of PrEP among Black and Hispanic transgender women in US study

[From aidsmap, June 27, 2019] “There is high awareness but low uptake of HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) among Black and Latina transgender women in Baltimore and Washington DC, investigators report in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Although 87% had heard of PrEP, only 17% had taken it. However, three-quarters of HIV-negative individuals who had… Read More »

UNAIDS and UNDP call on 48* countries and territories to remove all HIV-related travel restrictions

[From UNAIDS, June 27, 2019] “GENEVA, 27 June 2019—UNAIDS and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are urging countries to keep the promises made in the 2016 United Nations Political Declaration on Ending AIDS to remove all forms of HIV-related travel restrictions. Travel restrictions based on real or perceived HIV status are discriminatory, prevent people… Read More »

Sen. Kamala Harris Introducing Bill to Mandate PrEP Coverage

[From Advocate, June 20, 2019] “U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is introducing a bill to guarantee insurance coverage of drugs used in pre-exposure prophylaxis, a strategy to prevent transmission of HIV, she announced today.” For more, click here.

Activists Look Back At Anniversary Of Historic San Francisco ACT UP Protests

[From CBS San Francisco, June 20, 2019] “For San Francisco’s LBGTQ community and their family, friends, and colleagues, Pride is a time to be proud about the hard-fought, grief-filled and tenacious march to equality. Part of the legacy includes the inspiring work of some very early AIDS activists, particularly one week in 1990 when they… Read More »

What challenges must Nigeria overcome to eliminate vertical transmission of HIV?

[From aidsmap, June 20, 2019] “Despite impressive health system-related achievements in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in the last decade, Nigeria contributes the greatest number of infants infected with HIV worldwide. Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Nigeria requires the implementation of feasible, culturally acceptable and sustainable interventions and policies addressing… Read More »

Frequent drug-drug interactions in older people with HIV in France

[From aidsmap, June 19, 2019] “Drug-drug interactions are common in people over the age of 65 living with HIV and this substantially increases healthcare costs in France. Published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases, a new study has revealed that as many as 17% of ageing individuals had an identified drug-drug interaction, costing as much as… Read More »

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