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Researchers say long-lasting injections of an HIV drug could improve adherence to medication regimens, a major challenge in the management of the disease

NORTH CAROLINA, 21 March 2016 (sciencedaily)- Vaginal transmission accounts for the majority of new HIV infections worldwide. Forms of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) such as vaginal gels and vaginal rings designed to prevent HIV transmission have encountered poor efficacy in human trials due to problems with adherence. In an effort to minimize obstacles to adherence and prevent vaginal HIV transmission, researchers from the division of infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and collaborators from Merck demonstrated the effectiveness of a new long-acting formulation of the HIV drug raltegravir in animal models.

Babies Born to HIV-Positive Teenage Mothers 'At Risk of Virus'

KIGALI, 16 March 2016 (allAfrica) - Babies born to HIV-positive teenage mothers are more likely to be infected with the virus because teenage mothers "fear to reveal their pregnancy and health status to enjoy access to antiretroviral for prevention of mother-to-child transmission."

Free ARVs Are Not Enough - the Hidden Costs of Treating HIV in Nigeria

ABUJA, 15 March 2016 (allAfrica) - The Nigerian government's decision to provide antiretrovirals freely as part of HIV programmes at the country's health facilities has dramatically improved the uptake of treatment.

Double-Edged Stigma for People With Mental Illness and HIV

NAIROBI, 14 March  2016 (allAfrica) - People with mental illnesses who are also living with HIV face the worst kind of stigma within Kenyan society, experts have warned.

More than numbers: how better data is changing health systems

GENEVA, 9 March 2016 (UNAIDS) - The Health Data Collaborative, launched by WHO and partner development agencies, countries, donors and academics, will strengthen countries' capacity to collect, analyse and use reliable health data, thereby reducing administrative burden. A list of 100 core health indicators has been produced, and 60 low income and lower-middle income countries, and their supporting donors, will be using common investment plans to strengthen their health information systems by 2024.

UNAIDS to Collaborate On New Mobile Technology Platform to Improve Data Collection and Advance the Response to HIV

GENEVA, 8 March 2016 (allAfrica)  - UNAIDS and telecommunications operator Orange have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on a new project to strengthen links between health-care providers and people living with and affected by HIV through the use of mobile technology.

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