HIV and Infectious Diseases
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HIV and Infectious Diseases
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HIV and Infectious Diseases
"My life with HIV – it’s surprisingly normal"
Ian Green’s life is testimony to medical advances in HIV support, but stigma surrounding the condition continues to prevent thousands from accessing the support they need.
How can we ensure more adolescents stick to treatment regimens?
A fast track programme and peer counselors are helping more adolescents to start and stick to their treatment regimens in Kenya.
Joining forces in the fight against HIV/AIDS
Governments, healthcare practitioners, NGOs, companies, educators and communities need to work together to tackle the growing HIV crisis in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
We could realistically end AIDS
After nearly four decades of struggling to control HIV, new research indicates that the UK is finally turning the tide on the epidemic.
Q&A with Sir Elton John
We spoke to Sir Elton John, the founder of Elton John AIDS Foundation, about the current state of HIV and AIDS in the UK, and throughout the rest of the world.
Loyce Maturu turns her tragedy into inspiration
A tragic family background could have made Loyce Maturu bitter. Instead, she has used it to inspire change in how adolescents with HIV are treated.
Role of CD4 cell counting in immune compromised patients
New guidelines from The World Health Organization reinforce the importance of CD4 cell counting for immune compromised patients, wherever they live.
Prince Harry urges momentum to end AIDS
Complacency threatens to halt progress in the fight against HIV, but through his charity Sentebale, Prince Harry is encouraging a new generation to take up the mantle.
Five questions on HIV in Eastern Europe
Current measures to fight the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are not working, says Vinay Saldanha, UNAIDS Regional Director. It's time to think differently.
How LGBT stigma can increase HIV
Stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS isn't just wrong — it also increases instances of HIV. Luckily there is funding to help LGBT people facing human rights abuses.
Do you know what 'Undetectable = Untransmittable' means? Read the Q&A
Chlöe Orkin, Chair of the British HIV Association answers nine questions on HIV.
AIDS-related deaths have almost halved since 2005
The international community is optimistic that the ambitious goal to eliminate AIDS by 2030 will be met – but to achieve it we need renewed commitment to those most vulnerable.
To end AIDS, we need to target key marginalised populations
Great medical advancements in HIV care are useless if those living with the virus are too fearful to seek support.
Why we need to quicken our pace to end AIDS
The world cannot afford to lose its momentum in the fight against HIV says Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS — the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
The UK's response to HIV: Q&A with National AIDS Trust
Deborah Gold, the Chief executive of the National AIDS Trust looks back at 30 years of progress, and describes our current situation.
A midwife's story: pregnancy and HIV
About 4.4 per cent of women attending antenatal clinics in Nigeria are infected with HIV. An increasing number of children are infected with the virus, through mother-to-child-transmission.
Cytometer developed to provide breakthrough CD4 monitoring test
Professor Debbie Glencross is the South African haematologist who found a cheaper, more accurate method of checking the CD4 cell counts of patients with HIV/AIDS.
NOhep: A global movement to eliminate viral hepatitis
Learn about the global grassroots movement working to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.
Why World Hepatitis Day matters
Did you know that a preventable and treatable disease is now killing as many people as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria?
What the NHS want you to know about hepatitis C
This World Hepatitis Day, Public Health England and NHS Choices aim to raise awareness for one of the world's most infectious diseases: hepatitis C.
GPs can help protect against hepatitis B
In the UK, we need to be more aware; test more people and increase future protection, against one of the most common infections in the world, and GPs can help...
Inner-city mothers with HBV
Midwife Zainab Jalloh tells us eight heartbreaking things she's learnt about hepatitis B, and how it inspired her to set up the 'We Give All' charity.
The continuing issues surrounding hepatitis B
Roger Williams CBE, from The Institute of Hepatology London and Foundation for Liver Research, highlights two issues that require urgent resolution.
Hepatitis C transfusion cover-up 10x worse than admitted
Critical new evidence, of over 250,000 hepatitis C infections through the NHS, is to be handed to the new inquiry and prosecuting experts.
A personal insight in a world where neglected tropical diseases continue to have no voice.
UK leads fight against Trachoma
UK scientists play a vital role in the elimination of trachoma, the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness.
Making NTD work comprehensive and inclusive
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) affect over one billion of the world’s poorest people. We look at how international collaboration and partnerships are starting to turn the tide of misery.
Too close for comfort
Europe has largely been spared the scourge of neglected tropical diseases, but as insects that spread the parasites continue to thrive, an increasing number of cases are being diagnosed concerningly close to home.
The Sustainable Development Goals and NTDs
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a global commitment to ‘leave no one behind’.
Unleashing the power of good logistics on NTDs
Logistics plays a major role in ensuring and maintaining adequate drug coverage and, in turn, control or eliminate neglected tropical diseases.
United against neglected tropical diseases
More recognition is needed for this neglected pandemic that is trapping poor communities into a spiral of illness and deprivation.
Insight: Gay men and hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is the single biggest threat to the health of HIV positive gay men on the party scene. It’s the elephant in the room. Men don’t like talking about it. There’s a stigma attached to it that is far worse than HIV, says Robert Fieldhouse, Editor, BASELINE magazine.
Offering new hope in the fight against hepatitis C
Question: Do new drugs for hepatitis C offer a better and faster way to treat the virus? Answer: Yes — but, in some parts of the UK, sufferers are finding it difficult to access them says the Hepatitis C Trust.
The artistic community joins the fight against Hepatitis C
Various artists show their support to The Hepatitis C Trust, who aim to eliminate Hepatitis C in the UK within the next 15 years.
Make sure you are regularly tested for HIV
The medical breakthroughs surrounding HIV have been hugely positive — but it's not a healthcare issue that's going away. Regular HIV testing is therefore essential.
Let's end the AIDS epidemic together
This World Aids Day, there’s a target and a prediction we should all focus on: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 or facing a return to the darkest days of the disease.
HIV: On the cusp of a brutal storm
Thirty years ago little was known about HIV, medication wasn’t available and social stigma was a huge problem. Today, things have progressed, but more needs to be done to remove the barriers that prevent the most vulnerable accessing support.
A British family’s experience of malaria
Our family has had a real rollercoaster with malaria. At one time or another, all four of us have been struck down with the dreadful disease – most of us more than once.
Generosity and leadership aids progress in malaria
Peter Williams founded British clothing company Jack Wills in his 20s and has featured on the Sunday Times Rich List. He is now a a patron of British Charity Malaria No More UK. Here he speaks about aiding malaria progress.
Scaling-up life-saving treatment for severe malaria
The increased uptake and use of injectable artesunate by healthcare workers across the malaria-endemic world will help save the lives of children.
No time to waste in fighting neglected tropical diseases
Development professionals are urging governments and international organisations to use the knowledge and the tools they have at their disposal right now to fight neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
Schistosomiasis: The vision for elimination
Schistosomiasis is a disease of poverty. It is far-reaching, posing a threat to over 700 million people, primarily in the world’s most impoverished rural communities.
Could an end to Tuberculosis be in sight?
A new report calculates that we can prevent 10 million people from dying from tuberculosis if we invest in both fighting the disease and research and development, putting the world on the path to end tuberculosis (TB).
The 30-year fight against AIDS
The story of HIV has been extraordinary, a combination of impressive scientific discovery, of communities mobilising into action, and of governments rising to the challenge, or, in some cases, spectacularly failing to do so.
HIV vaccine trials show signs of success
After years of false hopes and abandoned research, the most recent trials into a HIV vaccine are showing promising signs of success.
Effective medicines for hepatitis C
Long-term consequences of hepatitis C include cirrhosis or scarring of the liver and up to one in 25 of these cases go on to develop liver cancer. Fortunately, several medicines have been developed in recent years to clear the virus for good from the body, and the prospects are getting better all the time.
Urgent need for engineers and logisticians to help in fight against Ebola
A shortage of engineers and logisticians is undermining the international response to Ebola in West Africa as humanitarian organisations struggle to recruit the experts needed.
Why World AIDS Day is still so important
World AIDS Day has been recognised since 1988, why is it still so important? Dr Christian Jessen tells us why.
Correct dieting can improve quality of life for hepatitis patients
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne viral infection that affects the liver. A liver-friendly diet is therefore central to its effective management and to improved quality of life for patients, says top celebrity chef and food writer, Gizzi Erskine.
Global initiatives to fight hepatitis
Question: What is being done globally to fight back against hepatitis? Answer: A huge range of initiatives have started with World Hepatitis Day as a central element.
Why is hepatitis given so little attention worldwide?
Viral hepatitis is one of the most underestimated diseases on the planet. It is the eighth leading cause of death worldwide, with the same mortality rate as HIV/AIDS. Over 500 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B or C.
The seriousness of hepatitis
Question: How did one actor’s family tragedy initiate a passion for campaigning for a change in the treatment of hepatitis? Answer: For Sadie Frost, the premature death of her father from hepatitis C inspired her to start campaigning with passion.
The importance of World Hepatitis Day
More needs to be done to drive home the message about the threat of viral hepatitis — which is why World Hepatitis Day is such a crucial event, says Raquel Peck, Chief Executive Officer of the World Hepatitis Alliance.
Raising awareness to prevent hepatitis
Question: What are the chief challenges presented by hepatitis and why must they be urgently tackled? Answer: Hepatitis plays a major role in the rising rates of death from liver conditions which have increased by a quarter in just under a decade.
Deaths from hepatitis have tripled
In May 2010, World Hepatitis Day was made an official World Health Organisation day, one of only seven.
Knowledge is power in the fight against malaria
With half the world’s population at risk of malaria, the disease is one of epic scale. Targeting malaria ‘hot spots’ could help the world get a grip on this global killer.
Learning from our mistakes and from history: a Malaria tale
Nicola Follis is an international development consultant currently working in Nigeria on the DFID Justice for All Programme. This is her story.
More investment needed to continue malaria battle
Resistance to insecticides used to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes is threatening to reverse gains made in fighting the disease.
Severe malaria: scaling-up life-saving treatment
There are around 5.6 million cases of severe malaria every year, leading to around 627,000 deaths, mostly of children under 5.
Ebola: a colossal human and economic tragedy
Images of body-bagged victims, health professionals in protective suits and communities gripped with fear, have come to epitomise the current Ebola crisis.
Minister backs Network of Lyme Disease Practitioners
Reported cases of Lyme borreliosis (LB) have risen steadily since the first UK case was reported in 1977 and now amount to about 1200 laboratory confirmed cases per year. LB is not a notifiable disease so clinically diagnosed cases are not reported. It is widely recognised that
LB is seriously underreported.
Technology and people power unite to eliminate neglected tropical diseases
New technology is advancing the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), but successful elimination still relies on community mobilisation.
Taking Risk is Essential in Fighting NTDs
Targeting regions with the greatest burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is the next step toward their elimination. However, this will require a new approach, a shift in attitude and a willingness to take risks.
A new era in the fight against infectious disease
We stand at a turning point in the fight against infectious diseases. Great progress has been made, but, the reality is, we can’t continue with the same approach.
Collaboration brings success in the fight against neglected tropical diseases
In October this year, Mexico became the third country, along with Colombia and Ecuador, to be declared free of onchocerciasis, by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This success is proof that international collaboration is working in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
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