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
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
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
A promising new drug that almost entirely eliminates the risk of contracting HIV might fail to control the epidemic in New Zealand if not enough people are using it.
New research, published in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal, praises the benefits of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication, but questions the number of barriers to getting it into the right hands. Read More
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 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
The theocrats say they want to help, but those in the Iranian LGBTQ community worry that’s just a way of outing them. And so, they turn to black markets for drugs and foreign social networks for community. Read More
Arusha — The government, in cooperation with different foreign partners, has managed to bring down the rate of HIV infections in Arusha Region from 3.2 to 1.9 percent from the year 2011/12 to the year 2017/18 respectively. Read More