God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

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Aging with HIV?

Since the introduction of HAART treatment for people living with the virus, the first generation of retired positive people starts to emerge. But what are the consequences of being HIV positive in older age? Does it affect the life quality being HIV positive, cut life short, gives an extra burden? What to look for when infecting oneself with 60 years or older? People affected and infected need to know more and the resource center “thebody.com” has produced quite some information on the topic which one can find here.

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HIV Treatment research for pill once a month…

 

Treatment is getting easier in our days, with medication provided – at least in Europe and the USA which has less side effects and minimize the pill burden.Two new HIV drugs in development that show promise for less frequent dosing were previewed at a conference in San Francisco recently. Albuvirtide is the drug called which could one day suppress HIV for a week while S/GSK1265744 might even do this for a month. First studies show promising results. For more info read a report about the new research here.

 

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Not shy to sell “milk not for sale”

Some spaza shop owners in Khayelitsha are selling formula milk that is marked “Not for resale”. TAC reports. This milk is supposed to be given free to HIV-positive mothers to give to their babies instead of breast milk to avoid infecting the newly born. The brand name for the state’s formula milk is Melegi. It is manufactured by Aspen. In August 2011 the Ministry of Health in South Africa announced that exclusive breastfeeding will be replacing the formula feeding throughout South Africa. The reason for the change of heart: clinical trials over the last few years have shown that if women take anti-retroviral treatment they can breastfeed with very little risk of passing on the virus.

A consequence of this is that the milk is now being sold illegally because some mothers still want to use it and it is not available free anymore. The question is now: How got the free milk “not for sale” into the spaza shops where mothers have to pay for it. And the next question is whether mothers, who use the formula milk and breast-feeding are aware that mixing the two methods is more dangerous to their baby than exclusively either breast-feeding or formula feeding.

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The Berlin Patient – cured or not cured?

Maybe you have heard about the so-called “Berlin” patient who has been cured of HIV. Or maybe not? What is actually happening with him and what does it mean for the research? Are we close to find the key to win over the battle? Please read here more about this interesting case.

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Only Southern Africa?

There is a perception that Southern Africa is the only hot spot of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  But Eastern Europe and Central Asia have the world’s fastest-growing HIV epidemic according to the World Health Organization. It is said the epidemic there is concentrated mostly among injection drug users. Experts blame punitive drug policies, discrimination and trouble accessing treatment. They say the situation will not be contained until local governments affected by the epidemic change their AIDS policies. To read more click here.

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13th HOPE Gala Dresden

HOPE Gala Dresden - the event to be in DresdenOctober 27th, 2018
4 months to go.

Ball of HOPE 2018

Join us @ The Westin in Cape TownMay 12th, 2018

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