Silver lining? Cases of infectious diseases plunge amid anti-COVID-19 measures
Lockdowns and other tough measures implemented to fight the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a dramatic decline in other infectious illnesses such as influenza and sexually transmitted infections, public health data suggest. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Malawi: Chikwawa Diocese Launches Project to Prevent New HIV Infections Among Children
[Nyasa Times] Chikwawa Diocese of the catholic Church, through its Social Services Directorate, has launched an HIV project to prevent new infections among children in the district. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: About 900,000 People Living With HIV/Aids Unaccounted for - Group
[Premium Times] "Out of the 1.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, about 900,000 are yet to show up for treatment and are currently unaccounted for" (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Global Fund Cash Taken From Amref, Given to Red Cross
[Nation] The transparency of the process through which money from the Global Fund is allocated is in doubt after Kenya's judging panel revoked an earlier award yesterday. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Hypertension, Cancer, HIV Kill 600,000 Nigerians Annually - NCD Alliance
[Vanguard] Worried about the growing trend of hypertension, cancer, HIV, Sickle Cell Disease, and other Non-Communicable Diseases, NCDs, among Nigerians, President of the NCD Alliance Nigeria, Dr. Sonny Kuku, says not less than 60,000 Nigerians die from these diseases annually. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Exploring how trauma is addressed in sexual education interventions for youth: a scoping review - Panisch LS, Faulkner M, Fernandez SB, Fava NM.
Traumatic experiences are common among adolescents and can negatively affect learning and increase the risk of early pregnancy, parenthood, and sexually transmitted infections. Little is known about how current sexual health interventions address trauma. A... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Nigeria: NACA Unveils New HIV Test Kits, As Global Fund Pledges $890m
[This Day] The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has formerly launched a new test kit for HIV, known as WONDFO HIV 1 and 2 Rapid Test Kit. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 10, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: HIV - Naca, NHRC Parley to Tackle Human Rights Violations
[Vanguard] The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA, are collaborating on human rights issues to enhance the national HIV and AIDS response. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: WHO Donates Lifesaving Equipment and Medical Supplies to Help Fight Covid-19 in Sierra Leone
[WHO] The World Health Organization continues to expend its strategic technical expertise support to include logistical and operational support to the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to respond to COCID-19 pandemic. This was demonstrated with the recent donation of COVID-19 response supplies and equipment worth more than 600,000 US Dollars. The consignment, which were officially handed over to the Minister of Health and Sanitation by the WHO Representative on 4 September (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Rights Commission, Naca Partner to Tackle HIV Stigmatization
[Daily Trust] The National Agency for the Control of AIDS and the National Human Rights Commission are working towards addressing stigma, discrimination and other HIV-related human rights abuses. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 8, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malawi: Alumni Donate Groceries to Teachers of Mbapapi Secondary School Amid Covid-19
[Malawi News Agency] Mzuzu -- Former students of Mbapapi Private Secondary School in Kasungu District, Saturday donated foodstuffs and assorted groceries worth K500,000.00 to teachers and support staff at the school to cushion them from economic shocks caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 8, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Psychosocial Syndemic of suicidal ideation: a cross-sectional study among sexually transmitted infection patients in Shanghai, China - Wang S, Ni Y, Gong R, Shi Y, Cai Y, Ma J.
BACKGROUND: Patients with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) experience difficulties with stability and trust in long-term relationships and have poor mental health, factors that may lead to suicidal ideation. We sought to verify whether psychosocial h... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Africa: How Pooled Testing Can Increase Access to Essential Laboratory Tests
[The Conversation Africa] The COVID-19 pandemic tends to conceal other important health issues. One of these is the global target for reducing HIV infections and increasing access to treatment. Progress is well under way. In 2019, 67% of those living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 85% of pregnant women with HIV were receiving medication to prevent transmission to their babies. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 4, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Provinces Include HIV, TB Screening At Covid-19 Sites
[SAnews.gov.za] Deputy President David Mabuza says provincial departments of health have started experimenting with combining Tubercolisis (TB) and COVID-19 screening in some locations, while also offering HIV self-screening at COVID-19 sites. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 4, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Sexually transmitted infections and screening for chlamydia in England, 2019, PHE
Report notes increase in diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (n=468,342, increase 5%), gonorrhoea (n=70,936; 26%), syphilis (n=7,982; 10%), and Mycoplasma genitalium (5,311; 196%) since 2018, but decreases in first episode genital warts in 15 to 17 year olds. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Angola: Over 650 HIV/Aids Positive Cases Reported in Cunene
[ANGOP] Ondjiva -- At least 650 new HIV/AIDS positive cases were diagnosed in the first half of this year in the Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centres (CATV) in the province of Cunene, an additional 33 cases compared to the same period in 2019. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Gonorrhoea cases have soared 26% in a year to the highest level since records began
There were 70,936 cases of the sexually transmitted infection in England and Wales last year, the highest number since records began in 1918. It marks a 26 per cent increase from 2018. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Mobile Refill for TB, ART Patients
[The Herald] PEOPLE living with HIV and those with tuberculosis can now collect their medication from mobile refill centres in Harare. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Uganda: Government Tasked to Address Policy Barriers in HIV Fight
[Monitor] The Uganda Aids Commission (UAC) and human rights activists have appealed to government to address policy and legal barriers limiting active involvement of young people in HIV/Aids fight. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - September 1, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mozambique: Covid-19 Should Not Cause Neglect of HIV/Aids
[AIM] Maputo -- The Executive Secretary of Mozambique's National AIDS Council (CNCS), Francisco Mbofana, warned on Monday that, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the health authorities and the public at large must step up the campaigns against HIV/AIDS. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 31, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Natpharm Allays ARVs Shortage Fears
[The Herald] Natpharm has assured Zimbabweans on second regimen antiretroviral treatment that the current stocks which are low will be expeditiously replenished. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 31, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Earlier age of sex and substance use initiation is associated with unique hormone profiles during social evaluative threat in Mexican American adolescents - Johnson M, Shirtcliff EA, van Dammen L, Dahl RE, Gonzales N, Harley KG, Rauch S, Greenspan LC, Eskenazi B, Deardorff J.
Latinx adolescents are at a disproportional risk for poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes (STIs, adolescent pregnancy) compared to other ethnic groups. They also report high rates of alcohol and drug use that are similar to non-Hispanic White youth... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Namibia: ART Roll-Out During Covid-19 Pandemic
[Namibian] NAMIBIA shares a 1 425-kilometre border with Angola, the bigger part of which is open. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Covid-19 - Ensure Gains of HIV Response Are Not Lost
[The Herald] Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, reports from the UNAIDS country offices in the eastern and southern African region trickle in every day on the loss of livelihoods and the resulting food insecurity and general deprivation in the region, especially among the millions of people who make a living from the informal sector -- such as, informal traders, domestic workers and sex workers. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: More Use of Female Condom Could 'Make Sex Safer for Women'
[SciDev.Net] Cape Town -- The low uptake of female condom use in Africa is due to the reluctance of healthcare workers to endorse it for preventing unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, a study says. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia: Andrew Young Foundation Donates Consignment of Selenium to Govt
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- US-based organization has donated several cartons of selenium drugs purposely to boost the immune system of COVID-19 patients in Liberia. Selenium is a mineral found in the soil. Selenium naturally appears in water and some foods. While people only need a very small amount, selenium plays a key role in the metabolism. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 26, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: 1.9 Million Nigerians Living With HIV/Aids - Medical Expert
[Vanguard] Abeokuta -- A Paediatric Nurse and HIV Counselor, Mrs Roseline Solarin has disclosed that no fewer than 1.9million Nigerians are living with HIV/AIDs. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola: Angola Strengthens Antiretroviral Drugs to Treat HIV Infection
[ANGOP] Luanda -- Angola's health sector has been strengthened with antiretroviral drugs to assist people living with HIV/AIDS for the next three months. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 25, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What to Know About COVID Contact Tracing and Scams
The concept of contact tracing isn't new with COVID-19. It's been used successfully for sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, and smallpox, among other conditions. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Preventing HIV in High HIV Burden Settings Through Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision
[WHO] Preventing heterosexually acquired HIV and achieving global HIV incidence goals require a combination of interventions. Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is one of these interventions in settings with a high burden of HIV. New guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) updates earlier recommendations on VMMC for HIV prevention. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Samburu Man Kills Self After Taking HIV Test
[Nation] A 22-year-old man was found dead in apparent suicide in Loikas, Samburu County. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Covid-19 Reverses Gender, Sexual Reproductive Gains
[The Herald] The SADC Gender Protocol Barometer 2020 report was launched on Monday, with unfortunate revelations on how the Covid-19 pandemic is threatening gains that Southern Africa has made towards sexual reproductive health and rights in the last decade. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 20, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

USPSTF Recommends Behavioral Counseling for STI Prevention USPSTF Recommends Behavioral Counseling for STI Prevention
Sexually active adolescents and at-risk adults should receive behavioral counseling to help prevent sexually transmitted infections, the US Preventive Services Task force says.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - August 19, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

USPSTF Urges Behavioral Counseling to Prevent STIs
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2020 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends behavioral counseling interventions for preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in adolescents and adults at increased risk. These recommendations form... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 19, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Mozambique: Covid-19 Jumps, But The Real Emergency Is Malaria and HIV
[Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] Mozambique's Covid-19 new case rate has tripled in less than three weeks. The case rate has jumped from 26 per day on 26 July to 79 on 15 August (7 day moving average). Total cases are now 2800 and growth is exponential; deaths are still only 19. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Swaziland: eSwatini Becomes First African State to Meet UN's 2030 Targets On HIV-Aids
[Daily Maverick] With the highest rates of HIV in the world, the tiny Kingdom of Eswatini has aggressively tackled the Aids virus through testing and treatment, coupled with strong community prevention programming. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

South Africa: Struggle Against HIV Is Faltering, Warns New Documentary Series
[Daily Maverick] As the world's attention is gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are in danger of a resurgence of another virus that activists have spent almost four decades fighting: HIV. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

USPSTF recommendation on behavioral counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections
(JAMA Network) The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends behavioral counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for all sexually active adolescents and for adults at increased risk. Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise across the United States, with approximately 20 million new cases each year. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - August 18, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

The impact of drug and alcohol consumption and socio-demographic variables on the age of first selling sex among Iranian female sex workers - Mousavi-Ramezanzade M, Jahani Y, Mirzaee M, Sharifi H.
BACKGROUND: A significant proportion of Female Sex Workers (FSWs) as a vulnerable population begin selling sex at an early age, which may lead the person to develop sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Thus, this s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The impact of relationship stressors on trust and prorelationship behavior within adolescent romantic relationships: a systems approach - Matson PA, Chung SE, Fortenberry JD, Lich KH, Ellen JM.
PURPOSE: Trust is an essential component of romantic relationships. It is not understood how youth respond to a relationship stressor, which may impact trust, such as perceiving to be at risk for a sexually transmitted infection or their partner has other ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

A need for trauma informed care in sexually transmitted disease clinics - Brewer A, Colbert AM, Sekula K, Bekemeier B.
OBJECTIVE: This review examines trauma from violence as a risk factor for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among women attending STD clinics. The review also aims to suggest trauma informed care (TIC) integrated into STD clinics might more effectively ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Nigeria: IHVN, ISN Commence Research On NCDs Among People Living With HIV/Aids
[This Day] The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) and the ISN Medical have commenced research to ascertain the burden, prevalence and incidence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) among people living with HIV in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: U.S.$19 Million Earmarked for Vulnerable Children Orphaned By HIV in Nigeria
[Daily Trust] Yola -- Nineteen million dollars has been earmarked for 76,000 vulnerable children orphaned by HIV /AIDS in six Nigerian States. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Intimate partner violence and sexually transmitted infections among women in Sub-Saharan Africa - McClintock HF, Dulak SL.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious public health issue that increases risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Data was obtained from women (n  = 32,409) who completed the Demographic Health Survey's (DHS) domestic violence module in 7... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Laboratory diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections in cases of suspected child sexual abuse - Qin X, Melvin AJ.
Laboratory diagnosis of microbial agents associated with sexually transmitted infections plays an important role in both the care of victims of child sexual abuse (CSA) and the investigation of suspected CSA incidents, with law enforcement implications. Ra... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Syphilis may have spread through Europe before Columbus
(University of Zurich) Columbus brought syphilis to Europe -- or did he? A recent study conducted at the University of Zurich now indicates that Europeans could already have been infected with this sexually transmitted disease before the 15th century. In addition, researchers have discovered a hitherto unknown pathogen causing a related disease. The predecessor of syphilis and its related diseases could be over 2,500 years old. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Most Clinicians Undertreat Childhood Lichen Sclerosus Most Clinicians Undertreat Childhood Lichen Sclerosus
During the initial assessment, physicians tend to think about sexual abuse or sexually transmitted diseases as the primary culprit.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines - August 11, 2020 Category: Dermatology Tags: Dermatology News Source Type: news

Botswana: Pandemic Affects HIV Self Testing Roll-Out Plan
[Botswana Daily News] Serowe -- The COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed Serowe District Health Management Team (DHMT) efforts to roll out distribution of HIV self-test kits. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ghana: 886 Athletes Cleared for YEA Covid-19 Grant ... 114 Await Approval
[Ghanaian Times] A total of 886 athletes have been cleared by the National Sports Authority (NSA) to benefit from the Youth Employment Authority's (YEA) support package to aid athletes in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Double Burden of HIV and Noncommunicable Diseases
[Daily Trust] A new research to study the burden, prevalence and incidence of non-communicable diseases among people living with HIV/AIDS is underway. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - August 8, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news