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Option B+ has enabled Malawi to make significant progress towards 90-90-90

BOSTON, 27 February 2016 (Aidsmap)-  In four years, Malawi’s treatment cascade for pregnant women has been transformed so that the proportion of women with HIV who are diagnosed has gone from 49 to 80%, and the proportion who are virally suppressed has jumped from 2 to 48%, the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) in Boston heard this week.

Dapivirine vaginal ring helped protect women against HIV in ASPIRE Phase III trial

BOSTON, 22 February 2016 (sciencedaily) - A vaginal ring containing an antiretroviral (ARV) drug called dapivirine that women use for a month at a time was safe and helped protect against HIV in a large-scale clinical trial involving more than 2,600 women in Africa, researchers who conducted the trial, known as ASPIRE, reported.

Africa: Transition Preparedness Assessment Framework Tool Developed

NAIROBI, 23 February 2016 (allAfrica) - A transition preparedness assessment framework has been developed for the Global Fund by Curatio International Foundation (CIF), a Georgian NGO. The framework is designed to allow countries to assess their readiness to fully fund and implement their TB and HIV programs once they no longer receive financial support from The Global Fund and other donors.

Africa: Johnson & Johnson Issues Call for Innovative Ideas to Reduce HIV Infections in Sub-Saharan Africa

NEW JERSEY, 17 February 2016 - Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today issued a call for innovative ideas as part of the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, which is supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Janssen Pharmaceutica, NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and ViiV Healthcare. Proposals are currently being accepted for breakthrough innovations to reduce HIV infections in adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries. 

Namibia: Condoms Among Inmates Divide Opinion

WINDHOEK, 16 February 2016 -   The Windhoek Correctional Facility says the constitution does not allow same-sex individuals to engage in sex, hence condoms cannot be distributed in correctional facilities.

Kenya to Reduce New HIV Infections By 75 Percent in 2017, Says First Lady

NAIROBI, 15 February 2015, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today said Kenya is in an acceleration mode to reduce new HIV infections by 75 percent and eliminate mother to child infections by 2017.

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