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South Africa: Sexual violence in Platinum Mining Belt a major driver of HIV
MSF | 17 February 2017
New analysis of data detailing the extent of sexual violence in the Rustenburg area indicates that one in five HIV infections (approximately 6,765 of all female cases) and one in three cases of depression among women (5,022 cases) are attributable to rape and intimate-partner violence (IPV), while one in three women inducing abortion (1,296 cases) was pregnant as a result of sexual violence.   
Potential cure for deadliest form of TB
Health-E News | 16 February 2017
Usually a death sentence, extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) can potentially be cured with a new drug combination. Interim results from the Nix-TB trial, which were presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, are extremely promising and point to new hope for people diagnosed with XDR-TB.
CROI 2017: Added support, speed and communication improve HIV service linkage and retention in Mozambique and South Africa
| 16 February 2017
Providing immune cell testing and HIV treatment counseling immediately after a positive HIV test was the first in a series of measures that increased rapid linkage to care and retention at ten clinic sites in  Mozambique, data presented here Thursday showed. Measures in a randomized trial of interventions in Maputo and Inhambane Province also included accelerated access to antiretroviral treatment and text message appointment reminders. Findings from the trial were presented by...
Oral PrEP Works Well in Women With Abnormal Vaginal Microbiota
POZ | 15 February 2017
Daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV works as well in women with abnormal vaginal microbiota as in women with normal levels of vaginal flora. This new finding addresses concerns arising from previous research that suggested that an anti-HIV vaginal gel might not effectively prevent the virus among women with bacterial vaginosis or other indicators of an imbalance in the vaginal microbiome.  
(Preventing) the coming epidemic: HIV in youth
CROI | 15 February 2017
A themed discussion from Wednesday's Plenary Session. Presented by Shannon L Hader, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA, at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2017. Access the video and sildes from the presentation here.
A benign circle: how a combination of factors has reduced HIV infections in one of the hardest-hit parts of Africa
Aidsmap | 14 February 2017
HIV incidence has started to tumble in one of the best-studied groups of people in Africa, the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) heard in Sea
Vaginal microbiome and susceptibility to HIV
CROI | 14 February 2017
A themed discussion from the session entitled Strangers in the night: challenges and opportunities in STI control. Presented by R. Scott McClelland, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2017.   Access the audio and sildes from the presentation here.
Text messaging is associated with improved retention in a clinic-based PrEP program
CROI | 14 February 2017
A themed discussion from the session entitled Prep withour borders: new delivery options. Presented by Christine M Khosropour, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2017. Access the audio and sildes from Christine's presentation here.
State of the Nation Address 2017
South African Government | 9 February 2017
President Jacob Zuma presented the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces) on 9 February 2017 at 19h00. This was President Zuma’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to the joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament since he was re-elected in May 2014. Access a full manuscript of the address, as well as a video recording, here: http://www.gov.za/SONA2017
A realist review of mobile phone-based health interventions for non-communicable disease management in sub-Saharan Africa
BioMed Central | 6 February 2017
Daniel Opoku, Victor Stephani and Wilm Quentin The prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is increasing in sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, the use of mobile phones is rising, expanding the opportunities for the implementation of mobile phone-based health (mHealth) interventions. This review aims to understand how, why, for whom, and in what circumstances mHealth interventions against NCDs improve treatment and care in sub-Saharan Africa.
Conspiracy beliefs and knowledge about HIV origins among adolescents in Soweto, South Africa
PlosOne | 2 February 2017
Robert Hogg, Busisiwe Nkala, Janan Dietrich, Alexandra Collins, Kalysha Closson, Zishan Cui, Steve Kanters, Jason Chia, Bernard Barhafuma, Alexis Palmer, Angela Kaida, Glenda Gray, Cari Miller
SAMA disappointed over Minister’s statements on unemployed doctors
Medical Chronicle | 24 January 2017
The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has expressed its disappointment and concern over remarks by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi regarding the uptake of posts by doctors. The Association said the remarks by Dr Motsoaledi were unfortunate. Dr Motsoaledi made the remarks at a press briefing in Pretoria on 19 January 2017. “While we are pleased that the Minister acknowledged that there are issues around the unemployment of doctors in three categories (which we first raised...