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September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

This Thursday, September 18, is the 7th annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD), an occasion to focus on the challenges facing the aging population regarding HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment, as well as overall health and wellbeing for the growing population of older people living with HIV.

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AIDS 2014: Mothers Starting Option B+ ART in Malawi Often Lost from Care

Although Malawi’s policy of offering lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) to women with HIV who are pregnant or breastfeeding resulted in a 7-fold increase in women receiving treatment in 15 months, implementers are concerned by high rates of loss to follow-up, researchers reported at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.

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AIDS 2014: Increased ART for Mothers Does Not Guarantee Optimal Care for Infants

The significant increase in access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all pregnant women living with HIV in Malawi after implementation of Option B+ contrasts with low coverage of early diagnosis and uptake of cotrimoxazole prophylaxis for HIV-exposed infants, Priscilla Idele of UNICEF reported at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) last month in Melbourne.

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AIDS 2014: Worldwide Adolescent AIDS Deaths Rising, Especially Among Boys

While new HIV infections have declined among children, adolescents, and adults since 2000, HIV-related deaths have risen sharply among adolescents, especially 15- to 19-year-old males, Tyler Porth of UNICEF reported at the 20th International AIDS Conference last month in Melbourne.

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AIDS 2014: More Data Suggest Increased HIV Risk from Injectable Contraceptives

A sophisticated meta-analysis, pooling individual-level data on 37,000 women, has found that the use of DMPA injectable hormonal contraception is linked with a higher rate of new HIV infections among women, researchers reported at the 20th International AIDS Conference last week in Melbourne. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced at the same session that its guideline supporting the provision of this contraceptive to women at risk of HIV infection remains unchanged.

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