South Africa: South Africa's Next Generation Powerhouse Aids Activist
[Daily Maverick] The Treatment Action Campaign's Vuyokazi 'Vovo' Gonyela sat down with Maverick Citizen to discuss how she got into the world of health activism, her outlook on civil society and what it takes to be an activist. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Dutch Experts Descend On Cyclone Idai-Ravaged Areas
[Zimbabwe Independent] Ten companies from the Netherlands have committed to offering financial and technical assistance to rehabilitating Chimanimani district following the damage caused by tropical cyclone Idai last year. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Women Living With HIV Twice as Many As Men - Survey
[East African] About 1.3 million adults in Kenya are living with HIV/Aids, an estimated 4.9 percent of those aged between 15 to 64 years old, according to a new survey. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Common Antibiotics Linked To Increased Risk Of Birth Defects, Study Says
(CNN) — Taking some common antibiotics during the first trimester of pregnancy was linked with higher risk of birth defects, according to a new study. The study, published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ, found an increased risk of birth defects in the children of women who were prescribed macrolides during the first three months of pregnancy compared to mothers who were prescribed penicillin. Macrolide antibiotics include erythromycin, clarithromycin and azithromycin, and they are used to treat infections, such as pneumonia, bronchitis and urinary, skin and sexually transmitted diseases. They are often prescrib...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CNN Source Type: news

Africa: We Can Make Our World Better – Mark Suzman of Gates Foundation
[allAfrica] Cape Town -AllAfrica's Juanita Williams talked with Mark Suzman, the CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest philanthropy. He assumed the position this month. In this second part of the interview, he discussed how his early career as a journalist in his native South Africa influences his perspectives; about the possibilities of eliminating malaria and reducing HIV, TB and other diseases; addressing hunger and undernutrition amid the climate crisis; and the biggest challenges he faces. Part 2 (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Poll: Americans Unaware STIs Are Common and Increasing Poll: Americans Unaware STIs Are Common and Increasing
Despite evidence showing that some STIs are occurring at an all-time high, a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows American adults are unaware of STIs'prevalence and management.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - February 19, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Namibia: HIV/Aids Activist Takes On Aquaponics
[Namibian] THE Immanuel Sheefeni AIDS Foundation is developing a fish farm at Outapi to produce shrimps, tilapia and a mix of vegetables for local and regional food markets. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cameroon: Fight Against Drugs, HIV, Cyber Crimes - CERAC Educates Campo Youths
[Cameroon Tribune] The occasion was also an opportunity for the charitable association of the First Lady to hand over gifts to some schools and youth associations in the locality of the South Region. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: The Search for an Effective HIV Vaccine Continues
[The Conversation Africa] An HIV vaccine trial that started in 2016 in South Africa was halted in February 2020. The study sponsors made the call after interim results showed that the vaccine, known as HVTN 702, did not prevent HIV. This result was disappointing, but the search for an effective HIV vaccine continues. Anatoli Kamali speaks to The Conversation Africa's Ina Skosana about other developments in the field. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 17, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Having ‘The Talk’ With My 80-Something Dad
I was not prepared for the phone call from my father ’s skilled nursing facility asking for permission to provide him contraceptives. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stacey Zapalac Tags: Nursing Homes Elderly Sex Dating and Relationships Sexually Transmitted Diseases Families and Family Life Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt May Deploy HIV Drugs to Treat Coronavirus - NACA
[This Day] The federal government has said it may as well deploy HIV drug, Kaletra, to treat the Coronavirus in the event that it gets to Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: How Nutrition Education Can Make a Difference to People With HIV
[The Conversation Africa] HIV and AIDS are still global health problems and sub-Saharan Africa remains the most affected region. Globally, around 770,000 people died from AIDS-related conditions in 2018, 160,000 of them in West and Central Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 13, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Shale drilling activity linked to increased sexually transmitted infections in Texas, Yale study
(Yale School of Public Health) Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have found that rates of two sexually transmitted infections (STIs), gonorrhea and chlamydia, are 15% and 10% higher, respectively, in Texas counties with high shale drilling activity ( " fracking " ), compared to counties without any fracking. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bu researchers identify privacy law gaps in high school STI health services
(Boston University School of Medicine) A new commentary by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers published in the journal Pediatrics uses the example of high school sexually transmitted infection (STI) programs to highlight how collaborations between schools and health departments can create gaps in student privacy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Hopes Dashed as HIV Vaccine Trial is Cancelled
[Nation] When is was announced that the trials of HVTN 70, an experimental vaccine that could protect people against HIV, the virus that causes Aids, had been cancelled for non-efficacy, Ms Inviolata Mmbavi was disappointed. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

STDs on the rise: The evidence of claims data
(FAIR Health) Private Insurance Claim Lines for STDs Rose 76% from 2007 to 2018 Gonorrhea Claim Lines Increased 326 Percent among Males, FAIR Health Study Shows. Hepatitis B Was the Leading STD on the Rise in People over 60. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

One HPV Vaccine Dose May Be As Effective As Multiple, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) — It is currently recommended that boys and girls under age 15 get two doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine but a new study published in the journal Cancer finds that just one dose may be as effective. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and certain strains of the virus are associated with cervical cancer in women. Researchers at the University of Texas looked at more than 130,000 females and found that one dose of the HPV vaccine was as effective as multiple doses for preventing cervical changes that often lead to cervical cancer. The hope is that if only one dose is require...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall HPV vaccine Source Type: news

Uganda: Uganda Commences Field Data Collection to Inform the Population Based HIV Impact Assessment Survey
[WHO] Uganda commences field data collection to inform the Population Based HIV Impact Assessment Survey (UPHIA 2020) (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 10, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Development and validity evidence of the multidimensional scale of sexual self-concept in a Spanish-speaking context - Ferrer-Urbina R, Sep úlveda-Páez GL, Henríquez DT, Acevedo-Castillo DI, Llewellyn-Alvarado DA.
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: STIs and HIV/AIDS are an important public health problem, transmitted by risky sex behaviours. In this context, it is necessary to identify protective factors, of those behaviours, as sexual self-concept. Sexual self-concept is a mult... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Sex Workers Group Discourages Members From Having Partners
[New Zimbabwe] A Chiredzi based anti-HIV sex workers peer educators group says it has registered over 1 000 women plying their trade in the red light districts and has further discouraged the promiscuous lot from having a permanent boyfriend for fear of spreading HIV through unprotected sex. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 10, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

HIV in older people: 'I thought it was a young person's illness'
Six in 10 over-50s with HIV receive a late diagnosis, as experts call for more awareness of sexually transmitted infections. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is left-behind status related to differences in sexual health of Armenian mothers? Evidence from the Demographic and Health Survey in 2010 and 2015 - Ferrandiz-Mont D, Chiao C.
BACKGROUND: Migration caused by poverty is a growing public health issue around the world. Migrants are at heightened risk of HIV/STIs and yet the vulnerability to poor sexual health of their left-behind partners, in relation to their household wealth, rem... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Government urged to take action on rising levels of STIs
An STI is diagnosed every 70 seconds and rates of syphilis at highest levels since second world war Related items fromOnMedica JCVI recommends universal HPV vaccination Funding cuts leave contraceptive services in jeopardy NHS England strips Capita of cervical screening contract Boys will receive HPV vaccine Promise to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Sexually transmitted infections: UK's sexual health 'not in good shape'
Two charities are urging the government to increase funding to sexual health services and education. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

West Africa: UN Agencies Raise Alarm in the Central Sahel Where Millions Face Hunger Amid Rapidly Escalating Humanitarian Crisis
[Unicef] Dakar -Joint UNFAO, UNICEF and WFP press release (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 5, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Clinical Trial Halted, but Search for HIV Vaccine Continues
[UCT] The early abandonment of HIV vaccine study HVTN 702 (also known as Uhambo) in South Africa for failing to prevent infections is a huge setback in the quest to find an HIV vaccine. However, this will not deter scientists, said the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Professor Linda-Gail Bekker. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 5, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Google Pays Tribute to Nkosi Johnson
[This is Africa] Google has honoured the late South African child AIDS activist Nkosi Johnson with a Google doodle. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 5, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Renowned Canadian scientist Frank Plummer dies in Kenya, where he led HIV breakthroughs
World-renowned HIV specialist Dr. Frank Plummer of Winnipeg is dead at 67. He was visiting Kenya, where he was a keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the University of Nairobi's collaborative centre for research and training in HIV/AIDS/STIs. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

Africa: UNAIDS Technical Support Identifies Human Rights, Gender Barriers and Strengthens Global Fund Grants
[GFO] Stigma indices and gender assessments have generated critical evidence (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Elderly Hail President's Food Relief Programme
[The Herald] Senior citizens in Mhangura constituency have praised President Mnangagwa and the Government for assisting them with food. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 29, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Youths to Get Cash Incentives for Fighting HIV/Aids
[Nation] Young people with innovative ideas to reduce HIV infections among adolescents will receive cash incentives to showcase best practices to fight the deadly virus during an international conference in Kisumu. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 29, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ten Defining Family Planning Achievements of the Decade
By Brittany Goetsch, Program Officer at Johns Hopkins University A happy young mother with her infant in Zomba, Malawi. Photo © 2018 Nandi Bwanali/One Community, Courtesy of Photoshare.January 29, 2020The last 10 years has been a time of immense growth and innovation for the family planning community, as well as new challenges and opportunities. Here, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs-led Knowledge SUCCESS project reflects on 10 defining achievements, in no particular order of importance, that have shaped and continue to inform family planning programs and services over the past decade....
Source: IntraHealth International - January 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news

A comprehensive reproductive health program for vulnerable adolescent girls - Pourkazemi R, Janighorban M, Boroumandfar Z, Mostafavi F.
BACKGROUND: Reproductive health of vulnerable adolescent girls is a top priority in global programs. Alcohol consumption, drug abuse, high risk sexual behaviors, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual assault, escape from home, unrestrained sex in the famil... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Tuku - the Death of the HIV Song
[Zimbabwe Standard] The late music superstar Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi could sing about anything, anywhere and at any given time. He was not your Mickey Mouse kind of musician and indeed he was an elephant in the jungles of local music. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A brain link to STI/HIV sexual risk
(University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing) Data show that young adult women in the United States have high rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that increase their risk of HIV. Though epidemiologic and behavioral factors for risk have been studied, we know very little about brain factors that may be linked to STI/ HIV sexual risk. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rwanda: 8.5 Percent Victims of Sexual Violence Infected With STI - Survey
[New Times] A survey that was conducted in seven Isange One Stop Centres has revealed that 8.5 percent of 1,951 teen girls who are victims of sexual violence were infected with Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STI). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 26, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

One million new cases of sexually transmitted disease diagnosed each day, WHO warns
(Natural News) According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one million cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are contracted every day, with chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and syphilis infections being the most worrisome. The WHO report, based on 2016 global data, showed that there were 156 million new cases of trichomoniasis, 127 million cases of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Treating Opioid Use Disorder, Infectious Diseases in an Integrated Way
The opioid epidemic in the U.S. is driving a simultaneous epidemic of infectious diseases— including HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and bacterial infections, and sexually transmitted infections— but workforce shortages, stigma, and administrative burdens are preventing the integration of opioid use disorder (OUD) and infectious disease services, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. It recommends a number of state and federal policy actions to address those barriers, including removing insurance requirements on prescribing medications for OUD (i.e., buprenorphine), ...
Source: News from the National Academies - January 23, 2020 Category: Science Source Type: news

Data-Driven Strategies and Creative Approaches to Addressing HIV Get Results in South Sudan
January 21, 2020As the number of new HIV infectionsrises in South Sudan and the country struggles to provide high-quality health care during an ongoing civil war,IntraHealth International is partnering with the Ministry of Health and health workers to make better care available to more people.In 2018, only 24% of people living with HIV in South Sudan knew their status and only 16% of people living with HIV were on treatment,according to UNAIDS. The epidemic is concentrated among certain groups that face barriers to health care and higher risks of infection, especially female sex workers, orphans, and vulnerable children. T...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: South Sudan HIV & AIDS Community Engagement Digital Health Human Resources Management Health in Conflict Social Services Source Type: news

South Africa: Face to Face: Winde on HIV, Zille and Tough Choices
[Spotlight] In what might be construed as a renewed commitment to the fight against HIV, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde is co-chairing the newly reformed provincial AIDS council. This is particularly notable since his predecessor, former Premier Helen Zille, declined to chair the council. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malawi: Child Rights Network Condemns Achalume Cartoon
[Nyasa Times] A consortium of organizations fighting for children's rights in Malawi has condemned a cartoon in the Malawi News, which depicts an old man suggesting that he slept with a 16 year-old girl, saying 'it normalizes child rights violation'. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Massachusetts Defies U.S. Trend With Binge Drinkers Drinking Less, Study Shows
(CNN) — Adults in the United States who binge drink are consuming even more alcohol per binging episode, according to a new study published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers analyzed data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System over a six-year period and discovered that the annual number of binge drinks among adults who reported excessive drinking jumped on average from 472 in 2011 to 529 in 2017. That’s a 12% increase. In 2017, the number of binge drinks per year among adult binge drinkers ranged from 320 per year in Massachusetts to 1,219 in Wyoming. The nu...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Binge Drinking CNN Massachusetts News Source Type: news

South Africa: HIV Prevention - Employed or Unemployed - Who Is More Likely to Be HIV-Positive?
[Daily Maverick] You're far more likely to be offered an HIV test at a government health facility than at your GP or workplace clinic. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: HIV Prevalence in Manicaland Declines
[The Herald] MANICALAND Province has made strides in the fight against HIV, amid indications the prevalence rate has declined compared to the national rate, a development attributed to awareness and access to treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Action needed to improve poor health and disadvantage in the youth justice system
(University of Melbourne) In the first global review, researchers have examined the health of detained adolescents from 245 peer-reviewed journal articles and review publications. Researchers found that detained adolescents have a significantly higher prevalence of mental health disorders and suicidal behaviors than their peers in the community, along with substance use disorders, neurodevelopment disabilities, and sexually transmitted infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Demisexuality: What to know
People who identify as demisexual only experience sexual attraction to another person if they feel a strong emotional bond or connection with them first. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Sexual Health / STDs Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Door-to-Door HIV Survey Comes to Harare
[The Herald] Enumerators assessing the current HIV and Aids burden and related sexually-transmitted infections will now be collecting information in Harare Province after successfully completing a similar exercise in nine other provinces countrywide. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: New Estimates Show 14.8 Million Children Globally Are HIV-Exposed but Uninfected
[The Conversation Africa] In many countries with a high HIV prevalence, at least 95% of children born to mothers living with HIV remain HIV-uninfected. This is due to the success of wide-scale provision of antiretroviral therapy to mothers with HIV to prevent transmission to their children during pregnancy, labour or breastfeeding. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tanzania: Malaria, HIV, Maternal Deaths Contained in Zanzibar
[Daily News] MANY developing countries have been struggling to control malaria, HIV, and maternal mortality, but for Zanzibar the progress is arguably encouraging. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - January 15, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news