SHARE newsletter: PEPFAR's 'Road Map' for HIV prevention ... an upcoming webinar on managing viral load results ... new AGYW guidance ... and more!
New Resource: PEPFAR's HIV Prevention 2020 Road Map: Accelerating HIV Prevention to Reduce New Infections by 75%
PEPFAR's Road Map was prepared through a consultative process that brought together more than 40 countries and organizations, including civil society organizations, networks of people living with HIV, faith-based organizations, networks of key populations and international organizations and foundations, to chart the way forward to achieving global HIV prevention goals by 2020.
Save the Date: 31 October AIDSFree Webinar: 'Managing Viral Load Results'
The goal of antiretroviral therapy is viral suppression. An elevated viral load (VL) suggests that a patient's treatment provision needs attention, such as adherence support. On Tuesday, 31 October, 2017, at 2 PM SAST, AIDSFree will host a webinar on best practices for obtaining VL results and managing high results. Presentations will highlight maximizing the use of VL monitoring tools and results in Malawi; rapid VL scale up in Zimbabwe including processes for prioritized transmission of abnormal results and subsequent clinical management for optimal HIV outcomes; and how continuous quality improvement (CQI) was used to improve VL access and address key implementation challenges in VL monitoring in Uganda.
Presentation: Guidance for Improving FP/HIV Integration Service Delivery for AGYW in Community Settings
Accessing quality FP/HIV services improves health outcomes among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) as it leads to preventing unwanted pregnancies especially among sexually active girls younger than 18 years. It also is a critical step in managing cases of sexual abuse within the first 72 hours to prevent unwanted pregnancy and exposure to new HIV infections. This presentation by Dr. Diana Chamrad of URC and Dr. Taroub Faramand of WI-HER, LLC, developed for the 2017 Africa Psychosocial Support Forum in Arusha, Tanzania, describes:
- Why family planning/HIV integration is critical for AGYW
- How the quality improvement process can help implementers effectively integrate quality FP/HIV services
- A case example of FP/HIV integration in the DREAMS Initiative in Northern Uganda
- Tools developed to support delivery of high-quality FP/HIV services for adolescent girls and young women in community settings
New Resource: Prevalence and Factors Associated with PLHIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Depression, one of the most common psychiatric disorders, is two- to three-times more prevalent in people living with HIV (PLHIV) than in the general population in many settings as shown in western countries but remains neglected in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The authors of this article, published in PLOS ONE, aimed to summarize the available evidence on the prevalence of depression and associated factors according to the scales used and the treatment status in PLHIV in SSA.
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