developing world HIV/AIDS

Women with HIV have increased risk of missed menstrual periods

Women living with HIV a significantly higher risk of the menstrual disorder amenorrhea (missing three of more consecutive periods), according to a meta-analysis published in the online edition of AIDS. Infection with HIV was associated with a 70% increase in the risk...

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No easy road out as South Sudan marks half a decade of war

It has been exactly half a decade since armed men stormed Matok Kuol’s home and murdered his family. The images of their bullet-riddled bodies remain singed in his memory.   “I’m not okay in my head,” explained Kuol, 23, speaking at the UN-run displacement camp in...

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Stigma, access and testing: why HIV is still rising in Europe

Last year ECDC counted 159,420 new diagnoses of HIV in the WHO Europe region, which includes Siberia and the central Asian countries, an increase of 5313 or 3.4% over the previous year.This increase was largely due to an increase of diagnoses in Russia from 98,177 to...

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Ten reasons people stop attending HIV care in Zambia

Patient-provider relationships are strained by poor working conditions and rigid application of one-size-fits-all models of care, according to an in-depth investigation of why people with HIV drop out of HIV treatment services in Zambia, recently published in BMJ...

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What’s at stake in Yemen peace talks

As talks opened in Sweden today aimed at setting a framework to eventually end Yemen’s 44 months of war, a new report stopped short of declaring famine but said that 20 million Yemenis are hungry and need food aid.   Lise Grande, the UN’s top humanitarian official in...

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How dangerous is gonorrhoea resistance and can it be halted?

How has this impacted on drug resistance in gonorrhoea? The researchers compared what are called Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations (MICs) of azithromycin, cefixime and ceftriaxone in samples sent to the Belgian and UK surveillance laboratories. MIC is the minimum...

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Venezuela gold rush feeds a growing malaria epidemic

Handsome and with neatly slicked hair, Victor Gonzales looks like he belongs more in a boy band than among the dirt-clad miners around El Callao.   Originally from Caracas, the 25-year-old made the journey to the mining town in Bolívar state with his wife five months...

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