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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161265/closing-the-gaps-in-the-hiv-care-continuum
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Ruanne V Barnabas, Connie Celum
In a Perspective, Ruanne Barnabas and Connie Celum discuss the implications of the accompanying Link4Health and Engage4Health studies for HIV care in sub-Saharan Africa.
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161262/the-value-of-confirmatory-testing-in-early-infant-hiv-diagnosis-programmes-in-south-africa-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Lorna Dunning, Jordan A Francke, Divya Mallampati, Rachel L MacLean, Martina Penazzato, Taige Hou, Landon Myer, Elaine J Abrams, Rochelle P Walensky, Valériane Leroy, Kenneth A Freedberg, Andrea Ciaranello
BACKGROUND: The specificity of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) used for early infant diagnosis (EID) of HIV infection is <100%, leading some HIV-uninfected infants to be incorrectly identified as HIV-infected. The World Health Organization recommends that infants undergo a second NAAT to confirm any positive test result, but implementation is limited. Our objective was to determine the impact and cost-effectiveness of confirmatory HIV testing for EID programmes in South Africa...
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161256/hiv-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-and-early-antiretroviral-treatment-among-female-sex-workers-in-south-africa-results-from-a-prospective-observational-demonstration-project
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Robyn Eakle, Gabriela B Gomez, Niven Naicker, Rutendo Bothma, Judie Mbogua, Maria A Cabrera Escobar, Elaine Saayman, Michelle Moorhouse, W D Francois Venter, Helen Rees
BACKGROUND: Operational research is required to design delivery of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and early antiretroviral treatment (ART). This paper presents the primary analysis of programmatic data, as well as demographic, behavioural, and clinical data, from the TAPS Demonstration Project, which offered both interventions to female sex workers (FSWs) at 2 urban clinic sites in South Africa. METHODS AND FINDINGS: The TAPS study was conducted between 30 March 2015 and 30 June 2017, with the enrolment period ending on 31 July 2016...
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160949/failure-to-initiate-hiv-treatment-in-patients-with-high-cd4-counts-evidence-from-demographic-surveillance-in-rural-kwazulu-natal
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Jacob Bor, Calvin Chiu, Shahira Ahmed, Ingrid Katz, Matt Fox, Sydney Rosen, Manisha Yapa, Frank Tanser, Deenan Pillay, Till Bärnighausen
OBJECTIVES: To assess the relationship between CD4 count at presentation and ART uptake and assess predictors of timely treatment initiation in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. METHODS: We used Cox Proportional Hazards models to assess the association between first CD4 count and time from first CD4 to ART initiation amongst all treatment-naïve adults presenting to the Hlabisa HIV Treatment and Care Program between August 2011 and December 2012, with CD4<350 cells...
November 21, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159260/public-health-approach-to-prevent-cervical-cancer-in-hiv-infected-women-in-kenya-issues-to-consider-in-the-design-of-prevention-programs
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REVIEW
Sonia Menon, Rodolfo Rossi, Stacy G Harmon, Hillary Mabeya, Steven Callens
Women living with HIV in Africa are at increased risk to be co-infected with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), persistent high risk (HR) HPV infection and bacterial vaginosis (BV), which compounds HPV persistence, thereby increasing the risk for cervical dysplasia. New guidance from WHO in 2014 advocating for a "screen and treat" approach in resource poor settings is becoming a more widely recommended screening tool for cervical cancer prevention programs in such contexts. This review article summarizes the risk factors to be considered when designing a primary and secondary cervical prevention program in a post-vaccination era for HIV-infected women in Kenya...
November 2017: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158101/effect-of-hiv-1-low-level-viraemia-during-antiretroviral-therapy-on-treatment-outcomes-in-who-guided-south-african-treatment-programmes-a-multicentre-cohort-study
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Lucas E Hermans, Michelle Moorhouse, Sergio Carmona, Diederick E Grobbee, L Marije Hofstra, Douglas D Richman, Hugo A Tempelman, Willem D F Venter, Annemarie M J Wensing
BACKGROUND: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) that enables suppression of HIV replication has been successfully rolled out at large scale to HIV-positive patients in low-income and middle-income countries. WHO guidelines for these regions define failure of ART with a lenient threshold of viraemia (HIV RNA viral load ≥1000 copies per mL). We investigated the occurrence of detectable viraemia during ART below this threshold and its effect on treatment outcomes in a large South African cohort...
November 17, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158100/stepping-up-hiv-1-low-level-viraemia-surveillance-in-south-africa
#7
Antonella Castagna, Laura Galli
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 17, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157230/barriers-and-facilitators-to-implementing-an-evidence-based-woman-focused-intervention-in-south-african-health-services
#8
Brittni N Howard, Richard Van Dorn, Bronwyn J Myers, William A Zule, Felicia A Browne, Tara Carney, Wendee M Wechsberg
BACKGROUND: Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, numerous behavior change, risk-reduction, and biomedical interventions have been developed and tested. While some of these interventions have shown to be efficacious in randomized trials, it often takes almost two decades for an intervention to be translated into practice. Meanwhile, South Africa continues to have among the highest prevalence of HIV globally, with women of childbearing age bearing the burden of the epidemic. Given the urgency of the HIV epidemic among vulnerable women in South Africa, it is imperative that evidence-based interventions be implemented rapidly into practice...
November 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155891/the-burden-of-gynecomastia-among-men-on-antiretroviral-therapy-in-zomba-malawi
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Victor Singano, Alemayehu Amberbir, Daniela Garone, Christopher Kandionamaso, Jack Msonko, Monique van Lettow, Kondwani Kalima, Yamikani Mataka, Gift Kawalazira, Gabriel Mateyu, Aunex Kwekwesa, Alfred Matengeni, Joep J van Oosterhout
BACKGROUND: Many Africans who are on life-saving ART face challenges from a variety of toxicities. After the introduction of a standardized first-line efavirenz-containing ART regimen, reports of gynecomastia appeared in Malawian popular media, however data on the prevalence and risk factors of gynecomastia from Africa are lacking. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study in males ≥18 years registered on ART at the HIV clinic in Zomba Central Hospital. Men who reported to have ever experienced breast or nipple enlargement received a standard questionnaire and underwent physical examination...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155832/implementing-universal-hiv-treatment-in-a-high-hiv-prevalence-and-rural-south-african-setting-field-experiences-and-recommendations-of-health-care-providers
#10
Melanie Plazy, Delphine Perriat, Dumile Gumede, Sylvie Boyer, Deenan Pillay, François Dabis, Janet Seeley, Joanna Orne-Gliemann
BACKGROUND: We aimed to describe the field experiences and recommendations of clinic-based health care providers (HCP) regarding the implementation of universal antiretroviral therapy (ART) in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. METHODS: In Hlabisa sub-district, the local HIV programme of the Department of Health (DoH) is decentralized in 18 clinics, where ART was offered at a CD4 count ≤500 cells/μL from January 2015 to September 2016. Within the ANRS 12249 TasP trial, implemented in part of the sub-district, universal ART (no eligibility criteria) was offered in 11 mobile clinics between March 2012 and June 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155819/determinants-of-site-of-tuberculosis-disease-an-analysis-of-european-surveillance-data-from-2003-to-2014
#11
Giovanni Sotgiu, Dennis Falzon, Vahur Hollo, Csaba Ködmön, Nicolas Lefebvre, Andrei Dadu, Marieke van der Werf
BACKGROUND: We explored host-related factors associated with the site of tuberculosis (TB) disease using variables routinely collected by the 31 EU/EEA countries for national surveillance. METHODS: Logistic regression models were fitted to case-based surveillance data reported to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for TB cases notified from 2003 to 2014. Missing data on HIV infection and on susceptibility to isoniazid and rifampicin for many patients precluded the inclusion of these variables in the analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155288/investigation-of-the-practices-legislation-supply-chain-and-regulation-of-opioids-for-clinical-pain-management-in-southern-africa-a-multi-sectoral-cross-national-mixed-methods-study
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Eve Namisango, Matthew J Allsop, Richard A Powell, Stefan J Friedrichsdorf, Emmanuel Bk Luyirika, Fatia Kiyange, Edward Mukooza, Chris Ntege, Eunice Garanganga, Mavis Ntombifuthi Ginindza-Mdluli, Faith Mwangi-Powell, Lidia Justino Mondlane, Richard Harding
CONTEXT: Sub-Saharan Africa faces an increasing incidence and prevalence of life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. These conditions are associated with a significant burden of pain linked to high morbidity and disability that is poorly assessed and undertreated. Barriers to effective pain management partly relate to lack of access to opioid analgesia and challenges in their administration. OBJECTIVES: To identify country-specific and broader regional barriers to access, as well as the administration of opioids, and generate recommendations for advancing pain management in Southern Africa...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151197/impact-of-the-dapivirine-vaginal-ring-on-sexual-experiences-and-intimate-partnerships-of-women-in-an-hiv-prevention-clinical-trial-managing-ring-detection-and-hot-sex
#13
Nicole D Laborde, Elizabeth Pleasants, Krishnaveni Reddy, Millicent Atujuna, Teopista Nakyanzi, Miria Chitukuta, Sarita Naidoo, Thesla Palanee-Phillips, Jared M Baeten, Elizabeth T Montgomery
Vaginally-inserted HIV prevention methods have been reported to impact the sexual experience for women and their partners, and hence impacts acceptability of and adherence to the method. We analyzed in-depth interviews and focus group discussions about participants' sexual experiences while wearing the ring, collected during the MTN-020/ASPIRE phase 3 safety and effectiveness trial of a dapivirine vaginal ring for HIV prevention in Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Most women reported that partners did not feel the ring during sex, however, women felt they had to manage their partners' interaction with or reaction to the ring...
November 18, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150360/changes-in-the-epidemiology-and-distribution-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus-genotypes-in-north-eastern-spain-over-the-last-35-years
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Doroteo Acero Fernández, María José Ferri Iglesias, María Buxó Pujolràs, Carmen López Nuñez, Isabel Serra Matamala, Xavier Queralt Molés, Xavier Aldeguer Manté
BACKGROUND: Genotypic distribution and epidemiology of HCV infection in Western Europe countries has changed over the last decades. AIM: To establish the local genotypic profile and characterize the associated demographic variables. MATERIAL AND METHOD: All the genotyping from 1988 to 2015 were considered. Associated demographic variables were included in logistic regression models. Genotyping was carried out with updated commercial kits. RESULTS: Genotype 1b was the most prevalent (42...
November 14, 2017: Gastroenterología y Hepatología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149917/treatment-outcome-with-a-short-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-regimen-in-nine-african-countries
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A Trébucq, V Schwoebel, Z Kashongwe, A Bakayoko, C Kuaban, J Noeske, S Hassane, B Souleymane, A Piubello, F Ciza, V Fikouma, M Gasana, M Ouedraogo, M Gninafon, A Van Deun, D M Cirillo, K G Koura, H L Rieder
<h2>SETTING:</h2>Nine countries in West and Central Africa.<h2>OBJECTIVE:</h2>To assess outcomes and adverse drug events of a standardised 9-month treatment regimen for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) among patients never previously treated with second-line drugs.<h2>DESIGN:</h2>Prospective observational study of MDR-TB patients treated with a standardised 9-month regimen including moxifloxacin, clofazimine, ethambutol (EMB) and pyrazinamide (PZA) throughout, supplemented by kanamycin, prothionamide and high-dose isoniazid during an intensive phase of a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 6 months...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149907/mapping-evidence-on-the-distribution-of-human-papillomavirus-related-cancers-in-sub-saharan-africa-scoping-review-protocol
#16
Bridget K M Lekoane, Tivani P Mashamba-Thompson, Themba G Ginindza
BACKGROUND: Despite the introduction of HPV vaccines, the incidence of HPV-related cancers (cervical, penile, anal, vulvar, vagina, head, and neck) in sub-Saharan Africa has been rising. The increasing incidence of these HPV-related cancers has been attributed to changes in lifestyle-related risk factors, most notably sexual behavior. The main objective of this study is to map evidence on the distribution of HIV-related cancers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will conduct a scoping review to explore, describe, and map literature on the distribution of HPV-related cancers in sub-Saharan Africa...
November 17, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148108/human-pegivirus-hpgv-infection-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-call-for-a-renewed-research-agenda
#17
REVIEW
Shivank Singh, Jason T Blackard
The human pegivirus (HPgV)-formerly GB virus C-has a beneficial impact on HIV disease progression that has been described in multiple studies. Given the high prevalence of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa and the continuing need to suppress HIV replication, this review provides a comprehensive overview of the existing data on HPgV infection in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on studies of prevalence and the circulating HPgV genotypes. This review also highlights the need for additional studies of HPgV conducted on the African continent and proposes a research agenda for evaluation of HPgV...
November 17, 2017: Reviews in Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143625/trends-in-hepatitis-b-virus-testing-practices-and-management-in-hiv-clinics-across-sub-saharan-africa
#18
REVIEW
Patrick A Coffie, Matthias Egger, Michael J Vinikoor, Marcel Zannou, Lameck Diero, Akouda Patassi, Mark H Kuniholm, Moussa Seydi, Guillaume Bado, Ponsiano Ocama, Monique I Andersson, Eugène Messou, Albert Minga, Philippa Easterbrook, Kathryn Anastos, François Dabis, Gilles Wandeler
BACKGROUND: Approximately 8% of HIV-infected individuals are co-infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Knowledge of HBV status is important to guide optimal selection of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and monitor/prevent liver-related complications. We describe changes in testing practices and management of HBV infection over a 3-year period in HIV clinics across SSA. METHODS: A medical chart review was conducted in large urban HIV treatment centers in Côte d'Ivoire (3 sites), Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Uganda and Zambia (1 site each)...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141727/point-of-care-ultrasound-for-extrapulmonary-tuberculosis-in-india-a-prospective-cohort-study-in-hiv-positive-and-hiv-negative-presumptive-tuberculosis-patients
#19
Stefan F Weber, Kavitha Saravu, Tom Heller, Rajagopal Kadavigere, Shashidhar Vishwanath, Stephan Gehring, Sabine Bélard, And Pocus Eti Study Group
Diagnosing extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) is challenging. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated EPTB is applied in sub-Saharan Africa. This study aimed at evaluating the applicability of POCUS for diagnosing EPTB in HIV-positive and HIV-negative presumptive tuberculosis (TB) patients in India, a country of moderate relative TB and HIV burden. Presumptive TB patients at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, India, prospectively underwent POCUS evaluating for pericardial, pleural and ascitic effusion, abdominal lymphadenopathy, and hepatic and splenic microabscesses...
October 16, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141712/clinical-outcomes-during-treatment-interruptions-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hepatitis-b-virus-co-infected-patients-from-sub-saharan-africa
#20
Anders Boyd, Laura Houghtaling, Raoul Moh, Mariama Abdou Chekaraou, Delphine Gabillard, Serge Paul Eholié, Xavier Anglaret, Fabien Zoulim, Christine Danel, Karine Lacombe, For The Anrs Trivacan And Anrs VarBVA Studies
Antiretroviral treatment (ART) interruptions increase the risk of severe morbidity/mortality in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals from subSaharan Africa. We aimed to determine whether the risk is further increased among HIV-hepatitis B virus (HBV) co-infected patients in this setting. In this sub-analysis of a randomized-control trial, 632 participants from Côte d'Ivoire randomized to receive continuous-ART (C-ART), structured ART interruptions of 2-months off, 4-months on (2/4-ART), and CD4-guided ART interruptions (CD4GT, interruption at 350/mm(3) and reintroduction at 250/mm(3)) were analyzed...
October 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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