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2016 has fast come and gone! We are now in December, the last month of 2016. As in past years, the 1st of December is a day when the whole world commemorates World AIDS Day. SAfAIDS joins the rest of the world today in standing together and walking the Ending AIDS by 2030 journey with zest. This is the day that we need to raise awareness about HIV and demonstrate our commitment and solidarity to all efforts being done in the global HIV response.

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Why is tackling stigma so difficult?

UK, 04 July 2016, (nat) - For many in HIV advocacy addressing stigma is the Holy Grail. Many, if not all, of the factors that drive the HIV epidemic are embroiled with stigma.  The impact it has on the lives of people living with HIV is well documented.  In a recent survey of over half of people living with HIV reported feelings of shame, guilt, low self-esteem and self-blame; one in five had experienced verbal harassment or threats.

HPV cervical cancer test introduced in England

ENGLAND, 04 July 2016 (bbcnews) - The NHS in England is introducing a "superior" test for cervical cancer, following a successful pilot programme.

Women in HIV serodiscordant relationships less likely to take PrEP consistently if they experience intimate partner violence

BOSTON, 30 June 2016 (aidsmap) - Experiencing intimate partner violence is associated with an increased risk of poor adherence to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among women in serodiscorant relationships in sub-Saharan Africa, investigators report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Overall, 16% of women experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) and this increased the risk of suboptimal adherence to PrEP by 50%, when measured by either pill count or plasma tenofovir concentrations.

New effort uses implementation science to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission Studies investigate best practices to ease HIV disease burden in Sub-Saharan Africa

FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, 30 June 2016 (sciencedaily) - An emerging field, known as implementation science, may help reduce the nearly 150,000 instances of mother-to-child HIV transmissions that occur annually around the world, mostly in developing countries. A team of scientists and program managers, led by the National Institutes of Health, has been studying a variety of implementation science approaches to prevent mother-to-child transmission and has published the results in a 16-article open-access supplement to the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. In implementation science, scientists study how to integrate research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine care and services

Shape-changing enzyme suggests how small doses of anti-HIV drug might treat Alzheimer's

NIST, 28 June 2016 (sciencedaily) - Molecular roadmap provides key evidence supporting proposal to launch clinical trials of efavirenz as an Alzheimer's treatment


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ART use averting huge numbers of opportunistic infections among children living with HIV in lower-income countries

BOSTON, 27 June 2016 (aidsmap) - There has been a decrease in cases of many opportunistic infections (OIs) among children living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries thanks to antiretroviral therapy (ART), a meta-analysis published in the June 15th edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases shows. Investigators estimated that use of ART is averting over 161,000 opportunistic infections each year, saving $17 million per annum.

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