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S.Africa’s DIY battle against HIV

Alexandra, South Africa | AFP | Self-testing kits and vending machines distributing prescription drugs are two ways that HIV treatment is being automated to reduce stigma in South Africa, home of the world’s biggest HIV epidemic. With 7.1 million people living with HIV in the country, removing human intervention is …

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East African countries to improve cross border health care

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | The East African Community heads of state Thursday resolved to expand access to specialized health care and cross border health services in the region to preserve the region’s human capital base. The leaders also agreed to strengthen the network of medical reference laboratories and …

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HIV self-testing improves uptake

Up to 100% of women  given a self-testing kit took the test Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | Until recently, there was virtually no evidence on the acceptability and feasibility of HIV self-testing, but results of new studies now suggest that self-testing has potential in improving the uptake of testing – at …

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Internet-based testing for STIs doubles uptake

  First UK study to compare effect of access to internet-based STI testing against face-to-face appointments TECHNOLOGY-HEALTH | AGENCIES | Providing Internet-based testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) could increase the number of people being tested for syphilis, HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhoea, including among high-risk groups, according to a new …

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New tool to track HIV infection rates

It’s cheap and accurate Kampala, Uganda | SIKHULILE MOYO | A critical part of reaching zero new HIV infections by 2030 – as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal aims to do – is to be able to track accurately when specific high risk groups become infected with the virus. This …

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Rakai HIV study shows remarkable drop in infections

  Combination HIV prevention cuts new Infections by 42 percent in Ugandan District Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported study published last month in the New England Journal of Medicine provides real-world evidence that implementing a combination of proven HIV prevention measures across communities …

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Health Ministry reassures Ugandans on ARVs

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Health has revealed that despite the ongoing rationalization of antiretroviral (ARV) drug usage in health facilities, the country has adequate stocks to manage all the patients on treatment in Uganda. “Stakeholders and patients countrywide should be reassured that there are the right …

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Five key numbers on AIDS

Paris, France | AFP |  Ahead of World AIDS Day on Friday, here is a snapshot in numbers, based on UN data, of the deadly disease which was identified in the early 1980s. – 17 seconds – Roughly 1.8 million people worldwide contracted the virus that causes AIDS in 2016. …

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