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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431556/factors-associated-with-loss-to-follow-up-after-occupational-hiv-exposure-in-cape-town-south-africa-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Nectarios Sophocles Papavarnavas, Kathryn Manning, Fahd Conrad, Milah Govender, Gary Maartens
BACKGROUND: There is limited data on factors associated with loss to follow-up (LTFU) of health care workers (HCWs) following occupational exposure to HIV, and most studies were conducted in an era when poorly tolerated antiretrovirals like zidovudine were used. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted of HCWs attending a referral hospital's Occupational Health Clinic in Cape Town, South Africa for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) during a period when tenofovir was available...
April 21, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431108/investments-in-children-s-health-and-the-kenyan-cash-transfer-for-orphans-and-vulnerable-children-evidence-from-an-unconditional-cash-transfer-scheme
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Carolyn Huang, Kavita Singh, Sudhanshu Handa, Carolyn Halpern, Audrey Pettifor, Harsha Thirumurthy
Child mortality is one of the most pressing global health and policy issues in the developing world. The leading drivers of death-pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria-are preventable and treatable. However, these illnesses are exacerbated by a lack of accessible nutrition, water, basic and preventive health services, and sanitary living conditions-all factors which are more likely to disproportionately impact the poor. We examine whether Kenya's largest social protection impacts children's incidence of upper respiratory illness...
April 18, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427935/the-manifolded-dynamics-of-hiv-1-transmission-in-northern-alberta-a-combined-analysis-of-virus-genetic-and-public-health-data
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B Vrancken, D Adachi, M Benedet, A Singh, R Read, S Shafran, G D Taylor, S Houston, K Simmonds, S Plitt, C Sikora, P Lemey, C L Charlton, J W Tang
Molecular epidemiology has become a key tool for tracking infectious disease epidemics. Here, the spread of the most prevalent HIV-1 subtypes in Northern Alberta, Canada, was characterized with a Bayesian phylogenetic approach using 1146 HIV-1 pol sequences collected between 2007 and 2013 for routine clinical management purposes. Available patient metadata were qualitatively interpreted and correlated with onwards transmission using Fisher exact tests and logistic regression. Most infections were from subtypes A (n=36), B (n=815) and C (n=211)...
April 17, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427454/cryptosporidium-and-giardia-in-africa-current-and-future-challenges
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REVIEW
Sylvia Afriyie Squire, Una Ryan
Cryptosporidium and Giardia are important causes of diarrhoeal illness. Adequate knowledge of the molecular diversity and geographical distribution of these parasites and the environmental and climatic variables that influence their prevalence is important for effective control of infection in at-risk populations, yet relatively little is known about the epidemiology of these parasites in Africa. Cryptosporidium is associated with moderate to severe diarrhoea and increased mortality in African countries and both parasites negatively affect child growth and development...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427380/the-stepping-stones-and-creating-futures-intervention-to-prevent-intimate-partner-violence-and-hiv-risk-behaviours-in-durban-south-africa-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-control-trial-and-baseline-characteristics
#5
Andrew Gibbs, Laura Washington, Samantha Willan, Nolwazi Ntini, Thobani Khumalo, Nompumelelo Mbatha, Yandisa Sikweyiya, Nwabisa Shai, Esnat Chirwa, Michael Strauss, Giulia Ferrari, Rachel Jewkes
BACKGROUND: Preventing intimate partner violence (IPV) remains a global public health challenge. Studies suggest urban informal settlements have particularly high levels of IPV and HIV-prevalence and these settlements are rapidly growing. The current evidence base of effective approaches to preventing IPV recognizes the potential of combining economic strengthening and gender transformative interventions. However, few of these interventions have been done in urban informal settlements, and almost none have included men as direct recipients of these interventions...
April 20, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426819/virological-success-after-12-and-24-months-of-antiretroviral-therapy-in-sub-saharan-africa-comparing-results-of-trials-cohorts-and-cross-sectional-studies-using-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Fabien Taieb, Yoann Madec, Amandine Cournil, Eric Delaporte
BACKGROUND: UNAIDS recently defined the 90-90-90 target as a way to end the HIV epidemic. However, the proportion of virological success following antiretroviral therapy (ART) may not be as high as the anticipated 90%, and may in fact be highly heterogeneous. We aimed to describe the proportion of virological success in sub-Saharan Africa and to identify factors associated with the proportion of virological success. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis focusing on the proportion of patients in sub-Saharan Africa who demonstrate virological success at 12 and 24 months since ART initiation, as well as at 6 and 36 months, where possible...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426534/age-disparate-relationships-and-hiv-incidence-in-adolescent-girls-and-young-women-evidence-from-a-general-population-cohort-in-zimbabwe
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Robin Schaefer, Simon Gregson, Jeffrey W Eaton, Owen Mugurungi, Rebecca Rhead, Albert Takaruza, Rufurwokuda Maswera, Constance Nyamukapa
OBJECTIVE: Age-disparate sexual relationships with older men may drive high rates of HIV acquisition in young women in sub-Saharan Africa but evidence is limited. We investigate the association between age-disparate relationships and HIV incidence in Manicaland, Zimbabwe. DESIGN: A general-population open-cohort study (six surveys) (1998-2013). METHODS: 3746 young women aged 15-24 years participated in consecutive surveys and were HIV-negative at the beginning of inter-survey periods...
April 19, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426440/the-impact-of-couple-hiv-testing-and-counseling-on-consistent-condom-use-among-pregnant-women-and-their-male-partners-an-observational-study
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Nora E Rosenberg, Lauren A Graybill, Austin Wesevich, Nuala McGrath, Carol E Golin, Suzanne Maman, Nivedita Bhushan, Mercy Tsidya, Limbikani Chimndozi, Irving F Hoffman, Mina C Hosseinipour, William C Miller
BACKGROUND: In sub-Saharan Africa couple HIV testing and counseling (CHTC) has been associated with substantial increases in safe sex, especially when at least one partner is HIV-infected. However, this relationship has not been characterized in an Option B+ context. SETTING: The study was conducted at the antenatal clinic at Bwaila District Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi in 2016 under an Option B+ program. METHODS: Ninety heterosexual couples with an HIV-infected pregnant woman (female-positive couples) and 47 couples with an HIV-uninfected pregnant woman (female-negative couples) were enrolled in an observational study...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425818/immunization-with-10-valent-pneumococcal-non-typeable-haemophilus-influenzae-protein-d-conjugate-vaccine-phid-cv-according-to-different-schedules-in-infants-in-south-africa-a-phase-iii-trial
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Shabir A Madhi, Anthonet Koen, Lisa Jose, Marta Moreira, Nadia van Niekerk, Clare Cutland, Nancy François, Javier Ruiz-Guiñazú, Juan Pablo Yarzabal, Dorota Borys, Lode Schuerman
BACKGROUND: Limited clinical data exists to assess differences between various infant pneumococcal conjugate vaccine schedules. In this trial, we evaluated immunogenicity of the 10-valent pneumococcal non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae protein D conjugate vaccine (phid-cv) administered using 3 different immunization schedules in HIV unexposed-uninfected infants in South Africa. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: In this phase iii, open, single-center, controlled study (clinicaltrials...
April 20, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425007/-no-more-buzz-a-qualitative-study-of-the-current-response-to-hiv-in-the-anglican-church-in-the-western-cape-south-africa
#10
Simon Hallonsten
Using a triangulation design combining participant observation, survey results, and interviews, this paper studies the current form of the response to HIV in the local Anglican Church in the Western Cape, South Africa. The results show that people are generally aware of HIV. The "buzz" around HIV has, however, subsided. The local church does not directly engage HIV anymore, and HIV is more mentioned than talked about. HIV stigma continues to pose a challenge. To work towards the prevention of HIV, the local church needs to put HIV back on the agenda and continue to speak about the virus...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424795/an-open-label-cluster-randomised-trial-to-evaluate-the-effectiveness-of-a-counselling-intervention-on-linkage-to-care-among-hiv-infected-patients-in-uganda-study-design
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Eugene Ruzagira, Kathy Baisley, Anatoli Kamali, Heiner Grosskurth
INTRODUCTION: Home-based HIV counselling & testing (HBHCT) is highly acceptable and has the potential to increase HIV testing uptake in sub-Saharan Africa. However, data are lacking on strategies that can effectively link HIV-positive individuals identified through HBHCT to care. This trial was designed to assess the effectiveness of two brief home-based counselling sessions on linkage to care, provided subsequent to referral for care among HIV-positive patients identified through HBHCT in a rural community in Masaka district, Uganda...
March 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424286/subtype-specific-differences-in-gag-protease-driven-replication-capacity-are-consistent-with-inter-subtype-differences-in-hiv-1-disease-progression
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Marion W Kiguoya, Jaclyn K Mann, Denis Chopera, Kamini Gounder, Guinevere Q Lee, Peter W Hunt, Jeffrey N Martin, T Blake Ball, Joshua Kimani, Zabrina L Brumme, Mark A Brockman, Thumbi Ndung'u
There are marked differences in the spread and prevalence of HIV-1 subtypes worldwide, and differences in clinical progression have been reported. However, the biological reasons underlying these differences are unknown. Gag-protease is essential for HIV-1 replication and Gag-protease-driven replication capacity has previously been correlated with disease progression. We show that Gag-protease replication capacity correlates significantly with that of whole isolates (r=0.51; p=0.04), indicating that Gag-protease is a significant contributor to viral replication capacity...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423992/secrecy-empowerment-and-protection-positioning-prep-in-kwazulu-natal-south-africa
#13
Eliza Govender, Leila Mansoor, Kate MacQueen, Quarraisha Abdool Karim
The release of World Health Organisation guidelines recommending the prophylactic use of daily Truvada(®) for all populations at high risk of acquiring HIV opens the way for implementation of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The impact of new prevention technologies is, however, dependent on demand creation strategies such as user awareness, acceptability and access, which in turn are influenced by sociocultural and gender norms. This study was conducted in three locations in KwaZulu-Natal, urban, rural and peri-urban, with six participatory workshops...
April 20, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421202/the-interaction-between-hiv-and-intestinal-helminth-parasites-coinfection-with-nutrition-among-adults-in-kwazulu-natal-south-africa
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B T Mkhize, M Mabaso, T Mamba, C E Napier, Z L Mkhize-Kwitshana
In South Africa few studies have examined the effects of the overlap of HIV and helminth infections on nutritional status. This cross-sectional study investigated the interaction between HIV and intestinal helminths coinfection with nutritional status among KwaZulu-Natal adults. Participants were recruited from a comprehensive primary health care clinic and stratified based on their HIV, stool parasitology, IgE, and IgG4 results into four groups: the uninfected, HIV infected, helminth infected, and HIV-helminth coinfected groups...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420356/an-assessment-of-the-hiv-tb-knowledge-and-skills-of-home-based-carers-working-in-the-north-west-province-in-south-africa-a-cross-sectional-study
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Justin G Engelbrecht, Mabjala R Letsoalo, Admire C Chirowodza
BACKGROUND: Home-based carers (HBCs) play a critical role in ensuring the success of the primary health care re-engineering strategy in South Africa. Their role includes ensuring improved access to and delivery of primary health care at the household level, and better co-ordination and improved linkages between community and health facilities for HIV/TB services. The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge, skills, challenges and training needs of HBCs involved in HIV/TB care in one sub-district in the North-West province of South Africa...
April 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419200/switching-to-efavirenz-versus-remaining-on-ritonavir-boosted-lopinavir-in-hiv-infected-children-exposed-to-nevirapine-long-term-outcomes-of-a-randomized-trial
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Pamela M Murnane, Renate Strehlau, Stephanie Shiau, Faeezah Patel, Ndileke Mbete, Gillian Hunt, Elaine J Abrams, Ashraf Coovadia, Louise Kuhn
Background: We previously demonstrated the non-inferiority of switching to efavirenz (EFV) versus remaining on ritonavir-boosted lopinavir (LPV/r) for virologic control in HIV-infected children exposed to nevirapine (NVP) for prevention of mother-to-child transmission. Here we assess outcomes up to four years post-randomization. Methods: From 2010-2013, 298 NVP-exposed HIV-infected children ≥3 years of age were randomized to switch to EFV or remain on LPV/r in Johannesburg, South Africa (Clinicaltrials...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416548/pharmacokinetics-and-preliminary-safety-of-pod-intravaginal-rings-delivering-the-monoclonal-antibody-vrc01-n-for-hiv-prophylaxis-in-a-macaque-model
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Chunxia Zhao, Manjula Gunawardana, Francois Villinger, Marc M Baum, Mariana Remedios-Chan, Thomas R Moench, Larry Zeitlin, Kevin J Whaley, Ognian Bohorov, Thomas J Smith, Deborah J Anderson, John A Moss
The broadly neutralizing antibody (bNAb) VRC01, capable of neutralizing 91% of known HIV-1 isolates in vitro, is a promising candidate microbicide for preventing sexual HIV infection when administered topically to the vagina; however, accessibility to antibody-based prophylactic treatment by target populations in sub-Saharan Africa and other under-developed regions may be limited by the high cost and limited manufacturing capacity of conventionally produced antibodies. Intravaginal rings of the pod design (pod-IVRs) delivering Nicotiana-manufactured VRC01-N over a range of release rates have been developed...
April 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416219/displacement-of-sexual-partnerships-in-trials-of-sexual-behavior-interventions-a-model-based-assessment-of-consequences
#18
Alethea W McCormick, Nadia N Abuelezam, Thomas Fussell, George R Seage, Marc Lipsitch
We investigated the impact of the displacement of sexual activity from adherent recipients of an intervention to others within or outside a trial population on the results from hypothetical trials of different sexual behavior interventions. A short-term model of HIV-prevention interventions that lead to female rejection of male partnership requests showed the impact of displacement expected at the start of a trial. An agent-based model, with sexual mixing and other South African specific demographics, evaluated consequences of displacement for sexual behavior interventions targeting young females in South Africa...
April 2, 2017: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416040/effect-of-early-sexual-debut-on-high-school-completion-in-south-africa
#19
A V Bengesai, H T A Khan, R Dube
Early sexual debut is of major concern because it is a correlate for health and economic shocks experienced in adulthood. In South Africa, this concern has provided impetus for research directed at the HIV and AIDS epidemic, teenage pregnancy and the effect of adolescent sexual behaviour on persistence in school. Of interest to the present study is high school completion, which is a well-established empirical barometer of adult socioeconomic opportunities. Using data from the five waves of the Cape Area Panel Study (CAPS), this paper examines the association between sexual behaviours initiated in pre- and early adolescence and high school completion rates...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Biosocial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414738/barriers-and-facilitators-for-men-to-attend-prenatal-care-and-obtain-hiv-voluntary-counseling-and-testing-in-brazil
#20
Nava Yeganeh, Mariana Simon, Deborah Mindry, Karin Nielsen-Saines, Maria Cristina Chaves, Breno Santos, Marineide Melo, Brenna Mendoza, Pamina Gorbach
BACKGROUND: Providing HIV voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) to men who attend their partner's prenatal care is an intervention with potential to reduce HIV transmission to women and infants during the vulnerable period of pregnancy. Little is known about the acceptability of this intervention in global settings outside of Africa. METHODS: We conducted in-depth qualitative interviews to evaluate potential barriers and facilitators to prenatal care attendance for HIV VCT with 20 men who did and 15 men who did not attend prenatal care with their partners at Hospital Conceiçao in Porto Alegre, Brazil...
2017: PloS One
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