#GoodNews: If Your Virus Is Undetectable, You Cant Transmit HIV

ACCORDING to 20 years of research and evidence, HIV treatment is highly effective in reducing the transmission of HIV. People living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy who have an undetectable level of HIV in their blood have a negligible risk of transmitting HIV sexually. According to the UNAIDS, three large studies of sexual HIV transmission among thousands of couples, one partner of which was living with HIV and the other was not, were undertaken between 2007 and 2016. In those studies, there was not a single case of sexual transmission…

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Go Further Partnership Reaches Over Half a Million HIV-Positive Women with Cervical Cancer Screening in its First Year

The United States’ PEPFAR program, the George W. Bush Institute, Merck and UNAIDS are aiming to end AIDS and cervical cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa within a generation through an innovative public-private partnership On the margins of the 2019 United Nations General Assembly, former President George W. Bush and Ambassador Deborah L. Birx announced that the Go Further partnership to end AIDS and cervical cancer has reached over half a million HIV-positive women with cervical cancer screening and treated thousands of women for pre-invasive cancerous lesions in its first year. The…

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Reintegrating Young Sex Workers Into Academic and Skills Training

DETERMINED, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS), “that’s exactly how I feel right now as a young sex worker,” said Rosaline a 19 year old sex worker from Sakubva in Mutare. By Michael Gwarisa in Mutare Rosaline is amongst some of the many beneficiaries of the DREAMS initiative which is being implemented by the Family Aids Caring Trust (FACT) through support  from USAID and PEPFAR in three districts in Manicaland province namely Mutare, Makoni and Chipinge. Having been raised by a single mother in a family of four and with her…

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Zim Launches Comprehensive HIV Communication Strategy

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in collaboration with partners have launched the comprehensive national HIV communication strategy for Zimbabwe 2019-2025, which will see HIV programing and interventions being tailor-made in line with the needs of specific HIV high risk groups. By Michael Gwarisa Officiating at the launch ceremony, Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo said the new HIV comprehensive strategy would aid in reducing the high HIV burden bedeviling the country through cultivating behavior change amongst various populations and high risk groups. The questions that…

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WHO Updates Contraceptive Eligibility For Women At High Risk of HIV

WHO has changed its recommendations for progestogen-only injectables and intrauterine devices (IUDs) for women at high risk of HIV from a Category 2 to a Category 1. Additional clarifications are provided for the IUD recommendation. These recommendations stem from a meeting of the Guideline Development Group at which a wide range of stakeholders were represented including experts in family planning and HIV, representatives from affected populations, clinicians, epidemiologists, researchers, programme managers, policy-makers and guideline methodologists. The Group reviewed evidence on hormonal contraception and HIV acquisition published since the previous review…

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An HIV Free Generation Is Still Possible For Zimbabwe- Gvt

ZIMBABWE is still committed to realising an HIV free generation through the scaling of HIV prevention services through all populations, a Ministry of Health and Child (MoHCC) official has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking recently, Director in the HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) Unit, Dr Owen Mgurungi said it was critical to have better options in the management and treatment of HIV in children so as to minimise the risk of developing We want to make sure that we build capacity in this country for management of pediatric HIV and specifically…

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Pediatric HIV Drug Resistance Testing, Zim’s Health Time-bomb

APPROXIMATELY 1.8 million children under the age of 15 have HIV globally, and almost 90% are living in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) with 77,000 of those in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa Efforts are underway in Zimbabwe to initiate as many children as possible  who are born HIV positive on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), and Zimbabwe seem to be winning on that front. However, even with access to ART, rates of treatment success for children and adolescents are lower than adults across Africa. According to Johnson and Johnson, Children are more prone…

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Zim Receives 3rd Line ARVs For Children and Adolescents

JANSSEN Pharmaceutical Companies a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson has donated a sizable quantity of Third-line Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to Zimbabwe as part of its efforts to address the huge ARV drug resistance burden prevalent in children and young people. By Michael Gwarisa Through a program dubbed the New Horizons Collaborative, an integrated approach to improving pediatric HIV care, a total of 5000 children from the SADC region are set to benefit. Through the program, Janseen provides Darunavir and Etravirine, including child friendly formulations, free of charge to eligible countries…

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The Union Commences Targeted TB Screening In Communities

THE International Union Against Tuberculosis (TB) and Lung Diseases has commenced targeted screening  in Seke and Chitungwiza, with the aim of identifying screening treatment and treatment initiatives on the spot. By Michael Gwarisa According to The Union, the program is targeting high HIV and TB risk groups which include People Living with HIV (PLHIV), former and present miners, congregate settings, smokers, people in contact with TB patients, the elderly, malnourished persons, under 5s, health workers, ex prisoners and lost to followup TB patients. The Union has already released screening schedules …

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UN Worried Over Increased New HIV Infections In Girls

OUTGOING United Nations (UN) resident coordinator, Mr Bishow Parajuli has expressed concern over increased cases of new HIV infections in girls and youths in Zimbabwe at a time when the country was witnessing a reduction in infections amongst other groups. By Michael Gwarisa According to the UNAIDS: HIV and Women report released early this year, Zimbabwe has 780 000 young girls infected with HIV. Briefing a Media Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday, Mr Parajuli said there was need for mobilisation of resources towards improving treatment and access to HIV prevention for…

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