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Fewer clinic visits improve retention in HIV care in Zambia
by Keith Alcorn, 2017-03-22 07:20
People with HIV who attended their clinic once every six months were much less likely to miss their next clinic visit, miss medication pick up or become lost to follow-up than people expected to attend their clinic once a month, a large study of patient behaviour in Zambia has found.The

Harm reduction should address the specific needs of couples who inject drugs
by Roger Pebody, 2017-03-21 09:40
The sharing of drug injecting equipment most often occurs between sexual partners, but the ways in which couples manage risks and care for each other have been largely ignored by harm reduction services, say Australian researchers.In-depth interviews showed that drug users’ relationships were based on mutual trust, honesty and care. Couples tried to avoid

Vietnam will struggle to meet 90-90-90 targets without addressing barriers to HIV care for men who have sex with men
by Roger Pebody, 2017-03-20 07:20
Men who have sex with men in Vietnam risk being left behind as the country strives to achieve UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 targets for diagnosis, treatment and viral suppression, according to a qualitative study published online ahead of print in Culture, Health and Sexuality.Health services need to make greater efforts to provide services that are acceptable and

Finding men with HIV – and keeping them in treatment
by Keith Alcorn, 2017-03-17 07:20
Specialised services to attract men to HIV testing and treatment may need to adopt several different formats in order to reach different sub-populations of men, suggesting there is no single service innovation that will boost uptake among men in sub-Saharan Africa, research from South Africa presented at last month’s Conference

Linkage to HIV care still challenging for young men, Botswana study finds
by Keith Alcorn, 2017-03-16 07:10
Almost one in five people newly diagnosed with HIV in a study employing active methods to link people to care and treatment had still not linked to care a year after diagnosis, a large study in Botswana has found. The problem was most acute in young men and those in employment, leading the investigators