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National Health Laboratory Service heads accused of graft
BD Live | 22 February 2017
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has accused top executives at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) of corruption and maladministration, prompting the organisation’s board to commission a forensic audit. The investigation, conducted by Grant Thornton, is complete and its recommendations are due to be discussed at a two-day board meeting that begins on Wednesday. Among the NHLS executives fingered by Nehawu are CEO Joyce Mogale, chief...
Media Brief - Launch of the South African National HIV Survey (SABSSM V) 2016/2017
Human Sciences Research Council | 21 February 2017
CATEGORY: HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB DATE: 21 February 2017 Press statement For immediate release Sixty thousand participants will take part in the fifth National HIV and Health Study The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) will visit 60 000 South Africans to request their participation in the country’s fifth HIV and Health study. Professor Leickness Simbayi, Deputy CEO for Research at the HSRC and overall Principal Investigator of the study, says field workers will be...
How should HIV self-testing services be provided?
Aidsmap | 17 February 2017
Chairing a session on HIV self-testing at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle this week, Joanne Stekler said that much is alread
No more delays: Accelerating access to medicine
Health-E News | 17 February 2017
Late last month, Heads of State and governments from across the continent gathered in Addis Ababa for the 28th African Union (AU) Summit writes Yolanda Moyo of PATH South Africa. Leaders and policymakers discussed a wide range of issues, but one common thread ran through the meeting—the need to “strengthen the spirit of pan-Africanism and unity” to achieve shared goals.
Unique case of PrEP failure without drug resistance reported from Amsterdam
Aidsmap | 17 February 2017
HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) appears to be nearly 100% effective if taken
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.