Vagina bacteria may eat HIV prevention drugs and leave women at risk

By Christa Lesté-Lasserre Women with a certain mix of bacteria in their vaginas may be at a much greater risk of contracting HIV because the bacteria consume drugs that prevent infection with the virus. Oral pre-exposure prophylactic (PrEP) drugs are 90 percent effective in preventing HIV infections in men who have sex with men. But the efficacy of PrEP drugs drops to 50 percent or lower in women, regardless of whether they are taken orally or vaginally – and researchers lack a full explanation for why [...]

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2020 World AIDS Day – SAA Activity

In commemoration of World AIDS Day 2020, the Society for AIDS in Africa, the custodian, and organizer of the largest HIV/AIDS Conference in Africa; the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) embarked on a Blood donation exercise. The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) which headquarters is based in Accra since 2009, embarked on the blood donation exercise to support and strengthen the health system in Ghana amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not new, as [...]

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Timothy Ray Brown

Timothy Ray Brown, First Person Cured of HIV, Has Died of Cancer

Timothy Ray Brown, the first person to be cured of HIV, died today, Tuesday, September 29, 2020. He delivered messages of hope for the HIV community through social media and interviews until nearly the end of his life. The passing was announced on his Facebook page by his partner, Tim Hoeffgen, and various friends. Timothy died after a battle with leukemia, the cancer that was the catalyst for a stem cell transplant in 2008 that cleared his body of HIV through the use [...]

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People's Vaccine

As pandemic deaths pass 1 million, COVID survivors from 37 countries write to pharmaceutical bosses to demand a People’s Vaccine

GENEVA, 29 September 2020—Survivors of COVID-19 from 37 countries are among almost 1,000 people who have signed an open letter to pharmaceutical industry leaders calling for a ‘people’s vaccine’ and treatments that are available to all – free from patents. The letter comes on the eve of a high-level side event about the pandemic at the UN General Assembly in New York tomorrow (30 September). The signatories include 242 COVID-19 survivors from South Africa to Finland and New Zealand to Brazil. They [...]

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Timothy Ray Brown

First man to be cured of HIV now suffers from terminal cancer

Twelve years ago, the man known as “the Berlin patient” received a bone marrow transplant which permanently cured him of HIV. The man, Timothy Ray Brown, told the AP news agency that he is now facing terminal leukemia. The first man ever to be cured of HIV, US national Timothy Ray Brown, is suffering from a recurrence of leukemia that was believed to have been cured along with the virus. In an interview with the Associated Press (AP) news agency, Brown [...]

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Distribution of 600 dignity kits to HIV+ Adolescent Orphans and the Aged

Following the lunch of OUTREACH FOR ADOLESCENT ORPHANS HIV+ FOR RESILIENCE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC project in partnership with UNFPA, Canada Government at the Adentan Municipal Assembly conference hall, the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) continue with the distribution of 600 dignity kits to HIV+ adolescent orphans and the aging at the Tema General Hospital, Ashiaman Polyclinic, La Polyclinic, Lekkma Hospital, Ghana NAP+, and Princess Marie Louise Hospital(Children’s Hospital) – Accra. The staff of SAA Permanent Secretariat presenting the Dignity Kits [...]

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OUTREACH FOR ADOLESCENT ORPHANS HIV+ FOR RESILIENCE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

OUTREACH FOR ADOLESCENT ORPHANS HIV+ FOR RESILIENCE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The Society for AIDS in Africa, in partnership with the government of Ghana, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA Ghana), the Canadian High Commission organized a donation exercise at the Adentan Municipal Assembly. This donation exercise was targeted at providing 600 dignity kits to HIV+ adolescent orphans and the aging. The programme took place at the Conference hall of the Adentan Municipal Assembly. In attendance was the ICASA Director & SAA Coordinator, Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, the Representative of [...]

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UNAIDS urges countries to stay focused on HIV prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic

UNAIDS urges countries to stay focused on HIV prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic

PRESS RELEASE UNAIDS urges countries to stay focused on HIV prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic Overstretched health systems, lockdowns, loss of livelihoods and fewer employment opportunities could increase unprotected sex, sexual violence and exploitation, transactional sex and sex work, leading to an increase in new HIV infections GENEVA, 6 May 2020—Despite the global progress made in HIV prevention, with new HIV infections falling by 40% since the peak in 1997, hard-won gains are in danger of being reversed by the COVID-19 pandemic [...]

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WHAT PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HIV AND COVID-19, UNAIDS. ONUSIDA, VIH ET COVID-19 : INFORMATIONS À L’INTENTION DES PERSONNES SÉROPOSITIVES

COVID-19 is a serious disease and all people living with HIV should take all recommended preventive measures to minimize exposure to, and prevent infection by, the virus that causes COVID-19. READ MORE La COVID-19 est une maladie à prendre au sérieux. Toutes les personnes vivant avec le VIH doivent respecter l’ensemble des mesures préventives afin de minimiser leur exposition au virus à l’origine de la COVID-19 et d’éviter toute infection.EN SAVOIR PLUS Source: UNAIDS

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Ms Phillipa Tucker, Director of Research Development and Resourcing, Accountability International

African governments told to improve tax for HIV control

Accra, Oct. 15, GNA – The Society for AIDS in Africa and Accountability International, an African Civil Society Organisation (CSO) have urged African governments to improve mobilisation of tax from citizens especially, middle to high income earners to control HIV infections. This will bridge the gap of 20 percent global funding for HIV, and help the continent to meet the UNAIDS 2020 and 2030 targets of fighting HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. The recommendation was given at a consultative meeting organised [...]

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