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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440604/a-proposed-novel-framework-for-monitoring-and-evaluation-of-the-cascade-of-hiv-associated-tb-care-at-the-health-facility-level
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Colleen F Hanrahan, Annelies Van Rie
INTRODUCTION: The rapid and accurate diagnosis of HIV-associated tuberculosis (TB), timely initiation of curative or preventative treatment and assurance of favourable treatment outcomes is a complex process. The current system of monitoring and reporting TB diagnosis and treatment does not include several key aspects of the care cascade, and may obscure systematic bottlenecks, inefficiencies or sources of sub-optimal care. METHODS: We critically reviewed the current World Health Organizations recommended system of monitoring and reporting, and identified the following key deficiencies that could limit the ability of healthcare workers to identify structural problems in the provision of TB/HIV care...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431923/sources-of-racial-disparities-in-hiv-prevalence-in-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-atlanta-ga-usa-a-modelling-study
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Steven M Goodreau, Eli S Rosenberg, Samuel M Jenness, Nicole Luisi, Sarah E Stansfield, Gregorio A Millett, Patrick S Sullivan
BACKGROUND: In the USA, men who have sex men (MSM) are at high risk for HIV, and black MSM have a substantially higher prevalence of infection than white MSM. We created a simulation model to assess the strength of existing hypotheses and data that account for these disparities. METHODS: We built a dynamic, stochastic, agent-based network model of black and white MSM aged 18-39 years in Atlanta, GA, USA, that incorporated race-specific individual and dyadic-level prevention and risk behaviours, network attributes, and care patterns...
April 18, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425903/improving-linkage-to-hiv-care-at-low-threshold-sti-hiv-testing-sites-an-evaluation-of-the-immediate-staging-pilot-project-in-vancouver-british-columbia
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Bobbi Brownrigg, Darlene Taylor, Felicia Phan, Irvine Sandstra, Rochelle Stimpson, Rolando Barrios, Richard Lester, Gina Ogilvie
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the Immediate Staging Pilot Project (ISPP) was to improve linkage to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care by increasing the number of referrals made to HIV care, and to decrease the time between diagnosis and linkage to care for newly diagnosed HIV clients. This pilot had the potential to decrease HIV transmission at a population level by engaging clients in treatment earlier. SETTING: The Bute Street Clinic and Health Initiative for Men Clinic on Davie in Vancouver, British Columbia are low-threshold public health facilities providing HIV/STI testing primarily to men who have sex with men (MSM)...
April 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406598/factors-associated-with-sex-work-involvement-among-transgender-women-in-jamaica-a-cross-sectional-study
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Carmen H Logie, Ying Wang, Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, Nicolette Jones, Uzma Ahmed, Kandasi Levermore, Ava Neil, Tyrone Ellis, Nicolette Bryan, Annecka Marshall, Peter A Newman
INTRODUCTION: Transgender women are disproportionately impacted by HIV. Transgender women involved in sex work may experience exacerbated violence, social exclusion, and HIV vulnerabilities, in comparison with non-sex work-involved transgender women. Scant research has investigated sex work among transgender women in the Caribbean, including Jamaica, where transgender women report pervasive violence. The study objective was to examine factors associated with sex work involvement among transgender women in Jamaica...
April 6, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401415/monitoring-hiv-treatment-and-the-health-sector-cascade-from-treatment-numbers-to-impact
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Daniel Low-Beer, Michel Beusenberg, Chika Hayashi, Txema Calleja, Kimberly Marsh, Awandha Mamahit, Theresa Babovic, Gottfried Hirnschall
Although not originally part of the MDGs, HIV treatment has been at the center of global HIV reporting since 2003, marked by achievement of the target of 15 million people receiving treatment before 2015 and 18.2 million (16.1-19.0 million) by mid 2016. Monitoring of treatment has been strengthened with harmonized partner reporting and accountability with regular, annual reports. Beyond treatment numbers, increasingly measures of treatment adherence, retention and outcomes have been reported though with varying quality and completeness...
April 11, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399160/a-new-cascade-of-hiv-care-for-the-era-of-treat-all
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Matthew P Fox, Sydney Rosen
Matthew Fox and Sydney Rosen discuss a cascade of HIV care adapted to WHO-recommended antiretroviral therapy irrespective of CD4 cell count.
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398994/using-the-pmtct-cascade-to-accelerate-achievement-of-the-global-plan-goals
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Elizabeth Hamilton, Bernard Bossiky, John Ditekemena, Godfrey Esiru, Franck Fwamba, Ameena E Goga, Mary Pat Kieffer, Landry D Tsague, Roland van de Ven, Rose Wafula, Laura Guay
BACKGROUND: Development of country plans for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT), including expansion of comprehensive, integrated services, was key to Global Plan achievements. APPROACHES: Use of the PMTCT cascade, an evolving series of sequential steps needed to maximize the health of women and HIV-free survival of infants, was critical for development and implementation of PMTCT plans. Regular review of cascade data at national/subnational levels was a tool for evidence-based decision making, identifying areas of greatest need at each level, and targeting program interventions to address specific gaps...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397527/it-helps-me-live-sends-my-children-to-school-and-feeds-me-a-qualitative-study-of-how-food-and-cash-incentives-may-improve-adherence-to-treatment-and-care-among-adults-living-with-hiv-in-tanzania
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Nancy L Czaicki, Agatha Mnyippembe, Madeline Blodgett, Prosper Njau, Sandra I McCoy
Financial and in-kind incentives have been shown to improve outcomes along the HIV care cascade, however the potential mechanismsthrough which they work remain unclear. To identify the pathways through which incentives improve retention in care and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART), we conducted a qualitative study with participants in a trial evaluating conditional food and cash incentives for HIV-positive food insecure adults in Shinyanga, Tanzania. We found that the incentives acted through three pathways to potentially increase retention in care and adherence to ART: (1) addressing competing needs and offsetting opportunity costs associated with clinic attendance, (2) alleviating stress associated with attending clinic and meeting basic needs, and (3) by potentially increasing motivation...
April 11, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387654/ending-aids-as-a-public-health-threat-by-2030-scientific-developments-from-the-2016-interest-conference-in-yaound%C3%A3-cameroon
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Catherine A Hankins, Sinata Koulla-Shiro, Peter Kilmarx, Guido Ferrari, Mauro Schechter, Coumba Touré Kane, François Venter, Charles Ab Boucher, Anna-Laura Ross, Debrework Zewdie, Serge Paul Eholié, Elly Katabira
The underpinning theme of the 2016 INTEREST Conference held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, 3-6 May 2016 was ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Focused primarily on HIV treatment, pathogenesis and prevention research in resource-limited settings, the conference attracted 369 active delegates from 34 countries, of which 22 were in Africa. Presentations on treatment optimization, acquired drug resistance, care of children and adolescents, laboratory monitoring and diagnostics, implementation challenges, HIV prevention, key populations, vaccine and cure, hepatitis C, mHealth, financing the HIV response and emerging pathogens, were accompanied by oral, mini-oral and poster presentations...
April 7, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364566/identifying-gaps-in-hiv-service-delivery-across-the-diagnosis-to-treatment-cascade-findings-from-health-facility-surveys-in-six-sub-saharan-countries
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Kathryn Church, Kazuyo Machiyama, Jim Todd, Brian Njamwea, Mary Mwangome, Vicky Hosegood, Janet Michel, Samuel Oti, Constance Nyamukapa, Amelia Crampin, Nyaguara Amek, Gertrude Nakigozi, Denna Michael, F Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Jessica Nakiyingi-Miiro, Basia Zaba, Alison Wringe
INTRODUCTION: Despite the rollout of antiretroviral therapy (ART), challenges remain in ensuring timely access to care and treatment for people living with HIV. As part of a multi-country study to investigate HIV mortality, we conducted health facility surveys within 10 health and demographic surveillance system sites across six countries in Eastern and Southern Africa to investigate clinic-level factors influencing (i) use of HIV testing services, (ii) use of HIV care and treatment and (iii) patient retention on ART...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325068/the-relationship-between-health-worker-stigma-and-uptake-of-hiv-counseling-and-testing-and-utilization-of-non-hiv-health-services-the-experience-of-male-and-female-sex-workers-in-kenya
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Laura Nyblade, Aditi Reddy, David Mbote, John Kraemer, Melissa Stockton, Caroline Kemunto, Karol Krotki, Javier Morla, Stella Njuguna, Arin Dutta, Catherine Barker
The barrier HIV-stigma presents to the HIV treatment cascade is increasingly documented; however less is known about female and male sex worker engagement in and the influence of sex-work stigma on the HIV care continuum. While stigma occurs in all spheres of life, stigma within health services may be particularly detrimental to health seeking behaviors. Therefore, we present levels of sex-work stigma from healthcare workers (HCW) among male and female sex workers in Kenya, and explore the relationship between sex-work stigma and HIV counseling and testing...
March 22, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319197/the-hiv-care-cascade-japanese-perspectives
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Aikichi Iwamoto, Rikizo Taira, Yoshiyuki Yokomaku, Tomohiko Koibuchi, Mahbubur Rahman, Yoko Izumi, Kenji Tadokoro
Japan has been known as a low HIV-prevalence country with a concentrated epidemic among high-risk groups. However, it has not been determined whether Japan meets the 90-90-90 goals set by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)/World Health Organization (WHO). Moreover, to date, the HIV care cascade has not been examined. We estimated the total number of diagnosed people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) (n = 22,840) based on legal reports to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare by subtracting the number of foreigners who left Japan (n = 2,273) and deaths (n = 2,321) from the cumulative diagnosis report (n = 27,434)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290773/the-hiv-care-cascade-and-sub-analysis-of-those-linked-to-but-not-retained-in-care-the-experience-from-a-tertiary-hiv-referral-service-in-dublin-ireland
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P McGettrick, B Ghavami-Kia, W Tinago, A Macken, J O'Halloran, J S Lambert, G Sheehan, P W G Mallon
BACKGROUND: The HIV Care Cascade model can be used to measure how clinical services align with United Nations' (UN) HIV treatment targets. Previous models have highlighted sequential losses at each step of the Cascade with a significant proportion being not retained in care (NRIC). OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the feasibility of meeting the UN targets and assess factors associated with, and calculate the true proportion of those, NRIC. METHODS: All people living with HIV who were linked to our service, one of three specialist HIV care providers in Dublin Ireland, from its establishment in 1993 to 1 December 2014, were included in the cohort and were categorized as linked to care, retained in care (RIC), on antiretroviral therapy (on ART), virally suppressed (HIV RNA <40copies/ml), and NRIC...
March 14, 2017: HIV Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286006/it-s-not-just-the-pills-a-qualitative-meta-synthesis-of-hiv-antiretroviral-adherence-research
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Julie Barroso, Natalie M Leblanc, Dalmacio Flores
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) improves the health and longevity of people living with HIV infection (PLWH) and also prevents transmission of the virus. Yet, lack of adherence to ART regimens has been a persistent problem, even with simpler regimens. Guidelines that deal with ART adherence are based almost solely on quantitative studies; this focus ignores the context and complexity of patients' lives. Guidelines are also focused on the individual. We argue that the solution is to include the broader communities in which patients live, and to deal with systemic disparities that persist worldwide; this can be done in part through demedicalizing HIV care for healthy PLWH...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278570/population-movements-and-the-hiv-cascade-in-recently-diagnosed-patients-at-the-french-guiana-suriname-border
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Raphael Jaries, Vincent Vantilcke, Philippe Clevenbergh, Jocelyne Adoissi, Rachida Boukhari, Caroline Misslin, Mathieu Nacher, Stephen Vreden, Anne Jolivet
Border areas are particular "hot spots" generating high levels of HIV vulnerability and facing great challenges to control epidemics. The objective of this study is to describe the sociodemographic, clinical and biological profiles of newly HIV diagnosed people at the French Guiana - Suriname border, to construct an HIV care cascade and compare it with the Surinamese one. HIV-patients aged over 15 years newly diagnosed in western French Guiana in 2011 and 2012 were included in a retrospective cohort study. Patients were identified using different sources (n = 121)...
February 13, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270252/differences-between-migrants-and-spanish-born-population-through-the-hiv-care-cascade-catalonia-an-analysis-using-multiple-data-sources
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J Reyes-Urueña, C Campbell, C Hernando, N Vives, C Folch, L Ferrer, L Fernández-López, A Esteve, J Casabona
Migrants are considered a key group at risk for HIV infection. This study describes differences between migrants and the Spanish-born population as they progress through the HIV care cascade in Catalonia, Spain. This study found that among people reached by prevention activities, migrants had a higher number of barriers to access HIV testing services than Spanish-born people, driven primarily by shared risk factors. Between 2001 and 2013, 9829 new HIV diagnoses were reported in Catalonia, the proportion of migrants increasing from 24% in 2001 to 41% in 2013...
March 8, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187084/uptake-of-hiv-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-prep-in-a-national-cohort-of-gay-and-bisexual-men-in-the-united-states
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Jeffrey T Parsons, H Jonathon Rendina, Jonathan M Lassiter, Thomas H F Whitfield, Tyrel J Starks, Christian Grov
OBJECTIVES: The HIV care cascade provides milestones to track the progress of HIV-positive people from seroconversion through viral suppression. We propose a Motivational pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) Cascade involving 5 stages based on the Transtheoretical Model of Change. METHODS: We analyzed data from 995 men in One Thousand Strong, a longitudinal study of a national panel of HIV-negative gay and bisexual men in the United States. RESULTS: Nearly all (89%) participants were sexually active in the past 3 months and 65% met Centers for Disease Control criteria for PrEP candidacy...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158952/a-qualitative-study-of-thai-hiv-positive-young-men-who-have-sex-with-men-and-transgender-women-demonstrates-the-need-for-ehealth-interventions-to-optimize-the-hiv-care-continuum
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Tarandeep Anand, Chattiya Nitpolprasert, Stephen J Kerr, Kathryn E Muessig, Sangusa Promthong, Nitiya Chomchey, Lisa B Hightow-Weidman, Prachya Chaiyahong, Praphan Phanuphak, Jintanat Ananworanich, Nittaya Phanuphak
In Thailand, young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and transgender women (TG) are disproportionately affected by HIV and have suboptimal care continuum outcomes. Although Thai YMSM and young TG are early adopters of emerging technologies and have high Internet and technology access and utilization, the potential of technology has not been harnessed to optimize the HIV treatment cascade. We interviewed 18 behaviorally HIV-infected YMSM and young TG regarding care challenges, identified how eHealth could address care needs, and elicited preferences for eHealth interventions...
February 3, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153470/from-hiv-infection-to-therapeutic-response-a-population-based-longitudinal-hiv-cascade-of-care-study-in-kwazulu-natal-south-africa
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Noah Haber, Frank Tanser, Jacob Bor, Kevindra Naidu, Tinofa Mutevedzi, Kobus Herbst, Kholoud Porter, Deenan Pillay, Till Bärnighausen
BACKGROUND: Standard approaches to estimation of losses in the HIV cascade of care are typically cross-sectional and do not include the population stages before linkage to clinical care. We used indiviual-level longitudinal cascade data, transition by transition, including population stages, both to identify the health-system losses in the cascade and to show the differences in inference between standard methods and the longitudinal approach. METHODS: We used non-parametric survival analysis to estimate a longitudinal HIV care cascade for a large population of people with HIV residing in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa...
January 30, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134713/hiv-viral-load-scale-up-multiple-interventions-to-meet-the-hiv-treatment-cascade
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Sergio Carmona, Trevor Peter, Leigh Berrie
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In 2015, the WHO urged countries to provide ART to all people living with HIV, irrespective of their CD4 cell count, this new recommendation supports the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS elimination targets. However, to meet these aims, urgent scale-up of viral load testing is critical. The multiple interventions in the healthcare system required to support scale-up of viral load testing are reviewed here. RECENT FINDINGS: It is estimated that 18...
March 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
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