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Ivana Beesham

Experts Flummoxed By Conflicting New Data on STIs, HIV, and Long-Term Contraception in Sub-Saharan Africa

ECHO trial results and follow-up studies find unexpectedly low rates of some STIs among users of certain long-term hormonal contraceptives. They also find high HIV rates (unrelated to the contraceptives) that suggest considerable value for PrEP integration.

Pregnancy Rates Among Women Using Antiretroviral Therapy and Hormonal Contraceptives in Kenya Img

Pregnancy Rates Among Women Using Antiretroviral Therapy and Hormonal Contraceptives in Kenya

Incident pregnancy rates in HIV-positive women using the subdermal hormonal implant with efavirenz-based antiretroviral therapy were 2.6 times higher than in women using nevirapine-based antiretroviral therapy, according to a study conducted in Weste...

3 in 5 Breastfeeding Women With High HIV Viral Loads Are Undiagnosed in Kenya, Malawi and South Africa Img

3 in 5 Breastfeeding Women With High HIV Viral Loads Are Undiagnosed in Kenya, Malawi and South Africa

A large proportion of pregnant and breastfeeding women with high viral load were undiagnosed in a study conducted in Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. David Mamen from Médecins sans Frontières presented these findings at CROI 2015.

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Providing HIV Treatment to Children Remains Difficult in Kenya

Inter Press Service: Many Kenyan Children Miss Out on Life-Saving Drugs

"Thanks to antiretroviral drugs, HIV-positive children can now live to adulthood. Yet a significant number of children living with HIV in Kenya will die due to delay in receivin...

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Kenya Battles Looming Condom Shortage Crisis as Spike in HIV Feared

This article was reported by the International Business Times UK.

The International Business Times recently reported that a "severe" condom shortage could occur in Kenya in January, due to lack of funding for the government's free condom distributio...

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Stigmatization Slows Kenya's Efforts to Avert Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

Pregnant women in Kenya are giving birth to HIV-infected babies either because they do not know their HIV status or they are avoiding the hospitals. Stigma and discrimination are driving their behaviors. At a recent forum in Nairobi, on mother-to-chi...

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Blog Examines Study Looking at Role of Stigma in HIV PMTCT

The Center for Global Health Policy's "Science Speaks" blog examines a recent study that found only slightly more than 44 percent of women in the Nyanza province of Kenya deliver their infants in a health care facility, with many women citing fear of...

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Examining CDC's Role in Global HIV, TB Research and Development

In "the first in a series of conversations with officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discussing the CDC's role in global HIV and tuberculosis (TB) research and development," the Center for Global Health Policy's "Science ...

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Kenya HIV Families Torn Between Health or Food

Many poor HIV/AIDS patients in Kenya are struggling with food security issues that threaten their health, experts say. Annual inflation in Kenya is about 20 percent, and wages have not kept pace. Staple food prices in 2011 were almost twice their 200...