UNAIDS Optimistic AIDS Will End By 2030 Despite Setback in Mosaic HIV Vaccine

The end of the Mosaico HIV vaccine trial must lead to a continued drive to innovate as well as an urgency to ensure that proven HIV prevention and treatment options reach all who need them, says UNAIDS. By Staff Reporter Rapid progress against the HIV pandemic is possible if existing prevention and treatment options are made available through the sharing of technologies, expanding provision, and tackling barriers to access. The development, and sharing, of long-acting prevention and treatment options are also important to expand coverage. The disappointment of the vaccine…

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Large-scale HIV vaccine efficacy study stopped

AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) reports that the Mosaico study, a large-scale HIV vaccine efficacy study also known as HVTN 706/HPX3002, was stopped early for non-efficacy. By Staff Reporter The study took place in several countries in North and South America and Europe to test the safety and efficacy of the adenovirus26-based vaccine regimen among 3,900 cis-gender men and transgender individuals who have sex with cis-gender men and/or transgender individuals. An independent data and safety monitoring board, at a scheduled review of the trial data, found the regimen to be…

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HIV Related Cancers On The Decline In Zimbabwe

NEW data released by the Zimbabwe Cancer Registry (ZCR) shows a decline in HIV related cancers owing to increased coverage cancer screening services coupled with other HIV treatment and care services countrywide. By Michael Gwarisa According to the latest Zimbabwe Cancer Registry Report which looked at the Pattern of Cancer in Zimbabwe, the total number of new cancer cases recorded among Zimbabweans of all races (including non-melanoma skin cancer) in 2018 was 7 841 comprising 3 301 (42.1%) males and 4 540 (57.9%) females. While over 7000 new cases of…

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Lois Chingandu appointed Interim Executive Director of Frontline AIDS

Lois Chingandu will be stepping in as the Interim Executive Director of Frontline AIDS in January 2023, having successfully worked as our Director of Evidence and Influence since 2019, the Frontline AIDS has announced. Lois will be joined by Divya Bajpai, Director of Programmes and Partnerships, who will be acting as Deputy Executive Director during this interim period.  The appointments follow Christine Stegling’s move to UNAIDS as Deputy Executive Director, where she will lead the new Policy, Advocacy and Knowledge branch. UNAIDS is a vital partner in Frontline AIDS’ work,…

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Illicit drug abuse on the rise among Zimbabwean Women

THERE has been an increase in the number of women who use and inject drugs in Zimbabwe over the years owing to a myriad of factors, chief among them being unemployment, poverty among a host of other issues. By Michael Gwarisa This has been revealed by the Final Situation Assessment report of drug use in five provinces to inform HIV and TB programming for people who use drugs. The research was conducted by the Zimbabwe Civil Liberties and Drug Network (ZCLDN), the National AIDS Council (NAC) and the Ministry of…

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Criminalisation has hurt sex workers and perpetuated the AIDS pandemic

Responding to the decision of South Africa’s Cabinet to propose a Bill that will repeal criminalisation of sex work, UNAIDS Country Director Eva Kiwango said: “The evidence is clear: Criminalisation has been proven to have increased the risks faced by South Africa’s sex workers, hurt their health and safety, and obstructed South Africa’s HIV response. UNAIDS welcomes South Africa’s Cabinet’s proposal to repeal criminalisation and to protect sex workers against abuse and exploitation. Criminalisation has impeded South African sex workers’ access to vital health-care services, including effective HIV prevention, treatment,…

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Seke District Uses 200 000 Condoms Every Three Months

Seke district has a quarterly uptake 200 000 male condoms while female condoms have a range of 5 000 to 10 000. By Kudakwashe Pembere During a Mashonaland East media tour organised by the National AIDS Council (NAC), the organisation’s District AIDS Coordinator (DAC) for Seke district Ms Florence Nyandoro told HealthTimes in an interview last week that, “Our quarterly average uptake for male condoms is 200 000 and the female condoms are in the range of 5 000 and 10 000.” Explaining the uptake difference, she said it was…

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Sex workers target Lithium Mine Workers in Goromonzi

The Arcadia Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe is ironically becoming the proverbial gold rush for sex workers who are currently targeting miners working there, leading an event deemed to be a major driver of HIV in Goromonzi. By Kudakwashe Pembere recently in Goromonzi This has seen the National AIDS Council (NAC) through its Goromonzi District office coming in with interventions covering the previously marginalized key population of sex workers as well as miners and farming community. Giving an overview of the district, NAC Goromonzi District AIDS Coordinator (DAC) Mr Grayham Mafoke said…

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PATA Summit Spotlights key SRHR and HIV Issues Affecting Young People

THE just ended three day PATA Summit Hub that was held in Bulawayo from 21 to 23 November 2022 highlighted some of key issues that young people from various societal groups face in their quest to access HIV and Sexual Reproductive Health (SHR) services. By Michael Gwarisa The three -day conference drew participants from young people and representatives of networks for young people in their diversity.  Various presentations were made by various panelist from across the globe and discussions were around the theme Ending AIDS in Children, Adolescence and Young…

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Zim commemorates World AIDS Day 2022

Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Aids Day on December 1, 2022. The commemorations were held at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera, Mashonaland East Province. Speaking on behalf of the Vice President and Health and Child Care Minister Dr Constantine Chiwenga, Minister of State and Devolution for Mashonaland East Apolonia Munzverengi said inasmuch as the COVID-19 pandemic stalled the HIV response, the country managed to initiate 100 000 new persons on ART. “Despite the earlier COVID-19 related disruptions, which had threatened to reverse treatment outcomes, I am…

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