Online HIV prevention program receives $8.8 million NIH grant

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded an $8.8 million grant to Keep It Up!, a novel online HIV prevention program that has been shown to reduce sexually transmitted infections in gay young men by 40 percent.
Drawing in users with entertaining soap operas, exercises and interactive games, Keep It Up! is the first online HIV prevention program proven to reduce sexually transmitted infections. Its next goal? To figure out how to best scale up the program nationally.  Read More

Novel intervention halves rate of death among people living with HIV who inject drugs

Novel intervention halves rate of death among people living with HIV who inject drugs
A counselor listens to and advises a client. Credit: NIAID

An intervention designed to facilitate treatment for HIV and substance use was associated with a 50 percent reduction in mortality for people living with HIV who inject illicit drugs, a study has found. In addition, the people who received the intervention were nearly twice as likely to report being in treatment for HIV and substance use after one year as those who received their national standard of care. They also were about twice as likely to have suppressed their HIV to undetectable levels after one year. The intervention consisted of psychosocial counseling along with guidance and support navigating the healthcare system. These findings were reported today in the journal The Lancet.  Read More

I treated HIV/AIDS. I saw what a lack of education did, is doing still

A man undergoes a rapid HIV test on June 23, 2018.
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A rise in sexually transmitted diseases has been reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the fourth straight year. The CDC reports that the spike — close to a whopping 10 percent in 2017 — is fueled by a lack of awareness and changing sexual behavior. I can attest to that. Read More

4,245 Adolescents Living with HIV/AIDS in Nasarawa, Says NASACA

The Nasarawa State Aids Control Agency (NASACA) has said that about 4,245 adolescents in the state were living with HIV/AIDS as of the month of June this year.

This was disclosed yesterday by the Executive Director of the NASACA, Dr. Ruth Adabe, in Keffi during a one- day media executives, reporters and producers’ meeting on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)/Adolescents and Young Persons (AYP) Support in Nasarawa State organised by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).  Read More

First Lady vows to fight HIV, AidsFirst Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa and other dignitaries celebrate after she launched Free to Shine Campaign at the Harare Exhibition Park yesterday. – (Picture by John Manzongo)

First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa yesterday vowed to work tirelessly in the fight against HIV and Aids, and to champion national and international advocacy efforts to end the pandemic in the country.

The First Lady, who is a member of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV and AIDS (OAFLA), reiterated her commitment to intensify advocacy efforts to address other prevalent illnesses that affect mostly women and children. Read More