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Psychosocial health and suicidal ideation among people living with HIV/AIDS

Psychosocial health and suicidal ideation among people living with HIV/AIDS
- Background Suicide is a serious cause of mortality worldwide and is considered as a psychiatric emergency. People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) have higher rates of suicidal behavior than the general population. This study assessed the prevalence and verified the syndemic effect of psychosocial ...

Alcohol Use in HIV Not Associated With Short-Term CD4 Cell Count Decline

Alcohol Use in HIV Not Associated With Short-Term CD4 Cell Count Decline
- Unhealthy alcohol use did not affect the short-term rate of CD4 cell count decline in HIV-infected, antiretroviral treatment (ART)-naive individuals in Uganda, according to research published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. A prospective cohort study conducted from September ...



Uganda: Beyond Donor Dollars for Health Care - How Uganda Is Thinking Outside the Box

Uganda: Beyond Donor Dollars for Health Care - How Uganda Is Thinking Outside the Box
- Over the last 15 years, there's been a rapid increase in the number of patients receiving HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. This has largely depended on foreign aid, particularly from global aid organisations such as the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and The Global Fund.

Researchers study the impact of co-infection with hepatitis viruses on pregnant women with HIV

Researchers study the impact of co-infection with hepatitis viruses on pregnant women with HIV
- Due to shared routes of infection, co-infection with hepatitis-causing viruses, particularly hepatitis B-virus (HBV) and/or hepatitis C virus (HCV), is relatively common among some people with HIV. To find out more about the impact of these viruses on pregnancy and birth outcomes in co-infected women, ...

Women helping women prevent HIV in resource-limited settings

Women helping women prevent HIV in resource-limited settings
- Almost a third of the total HIV-infected population in Nepal are women, and this female population is the fastest growing HIV-infected population in the ... they are at risk of HIV infection because of sociocultural factors, women in rural areas of Nepal are helping to prevent HIV at the local level; however, ...

Can gene therapy be used to cure Aids?

Can gene therapy be used to cure Aids?
- According to a New York Times article, gene therapy involves finding a way to create immunity by altering patients' own cells, thereby removing the need for antiretrovirals. To achieve this, they tried cutting the patient's DNA to disable the HIV entryway gene. The initial gene editing experiments were ...

Will Koreans without HIV take Truvada braving social, cultural pressure?

Will Koreans without HIV take Truvada braving social, cultural pressure?
- The number of Koreans with AIDS has jumped across all age groups annually, running in the opposite direction of the decreasing number of AIDS patients in other countries. AIDS refers to the final stage of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV attacks the immune system and ultimately destroys a ...

HIV Risk Among Injectable Drug Users Impacted by Diversity

HIV Risk Among Injectable Drug Users Impacted by Diversity
- As people who inject drugs (PWID), the 1139 patients covered by the study are in an at-risk population for HIV infection. According to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS, just 0.4% of people ages 15 to 49 years are infected with HIV, but among PWID, the HIV infection rate is 11%.

UKZN launches 'unique' lung cancer program

UKZN launches 'unique' lung cancer program
- Damonti said: “In Western Europe, 80% of children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders are cured. In Sub-Saharan Africa 90% of those children die from the same diseases. They are dying due to the same diseases reasons they were dying from HIV which is that there is not enough healthcare ...

Early HIV diagnosis in infants works in Africa, but the technology must spread to save lives

Early HIV diagnosis in infants works in Africa, but the technology must spread to save lives
- For infants born with HIV, a rapid introduction to necessary treatment is often the lifeline between whether a child will live or die. The recent introduction of a life-saving, point-of-care diagnostic technology in sub-Saharan Africa could become a global solution to preventing infant deaths from ...

East Africa aims to eliminate HIV/Aids, preventable Maternal and Child Deaths by 2030

East Africa aims to eliminate HIV/Aids, preventable Maternal and Child Deaths by 2030
- The Chairperson of the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health and Minister of State Health in the Republic of Uganda Sarah Opendi has said that the region is committed to eliminate HIV/AIDs and preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030.

Adherence to antiretroviral therapy in a clinical cohort of HIV-infected children in East Africa

Adherence to antiretroviral therapy in a clinical cohort of HIV-infected children in East Africa
- Objective To describe antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence and associated factors for a large HIV-infected pediatric cohort followed by sites of the East Africa International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) consortium. Methods This study utilized prospectively collected clinical data ...

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