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Wider Access to Meds Cuts Global AIDS Deaths in Half

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – AIDS-related deaths worldwide have been halved since 2005 as more people were able to get lifesaving drugs, UNAIDS (a United Nations Program) says in a new report. In 2016, 19.5 million (53 percent) of the almost 37 million people living with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) had access to HIV treatment. AIDS-related deaths fell from 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million in 2016. If the treatment trend continues, the goal to provide drugs for 30 million HIV patients by 2020 will be achieved, according to the report. "We met the 2015 target of 15 million people on treatment and we are on track to double that number to 30 million and meet the 2020 target," said Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS. "We will continue to scale up to reach everyone in need and honor our commitment of leaving no one behind," Sidibe said in a program news release. The greatest ... Read more

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Churches a Good Place for HIV Testing, Treatment in Africa

Posted 13 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 – Churches and other faith-based centers are good locations to offer HIV testing and treatment for pregnant women in isolated areas of sub-Saharan Africa, a new study shows. Worldwide, about 87 percent of pregnant women with HIV and more than 90 percent of children with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa, according to UNAIDS, a United Nations health care program that targets HIV and AIDS. Researchers found that pregnant women in hard-to-reach and rural areas of Nigeria who were offered prenatal screening for diseases such as HIV, malaria and syphilis at a monthly church-run baby shower (part of a program called the Healthy Beginning Initiative) were 11 times more likely to get tested for HIV than those who were encouraged to get routine HIV testing at local health facilities. The study was published Oct. 14 in the The Lancet Global Health. Even though simple, ... Read more

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Doctors Pinpoint Why Child Who Appeared Free of HIV Suffered Relapse

Posted 18 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 – HIV hid deep inside a young Mississippi girl born with the virus who suffered a disappointing relapse last July, after more than two years in which she appeared to have been cured by early, aggressive drug treatment, her doctors report. They now know that the girl's HIV was dormant all that time – not simply percolating undetected – because tests have shown that her recurring virus was an exact match to her mother's HIV, said the girl's pediatrician, Dr. Hannah Gay, of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson. "It appears that the virus had been dormant all of those many months and years, because there's no evidence of diversity that would have been detected if low-level viral activity had been going on," she explained. Despite the setback, Gay and her colleagues believe that all babies born with HIV should receive the same rapid medical ... Read more

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