Will the new HIV / AIDS bill bring about a change for the better?

Only half of children living with HIV have access to life-saving treatment, reveals UNICEF

Low access to antiretroviral treatment, in addition to limited prevention efforts, is a leading cause for these deaths, with only 54 per cent of children aged 0-14 living with HIV in 2018 – or 790,000 children – receiving lifesaving antiretroviral therapy. “The world is on the cusp of making great gains in the battle against […]

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#WorldAIDSDay: HIV patients to soon receive a new regimen of medicines at ART centres

World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day. Dr […]

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Ahead of World AIDS Day, Mumbai AIDS Control Society launches ‘Jindagi’ app for patients

The apps named ‘Jindagi’ and ‘Samvaad’ were launched by Kishori Pednekar who was recently named as Mumbai’s new mayor. The Jindagi app is aimed at helping HIV patients, while Samvaad is targeted towards HIV counsellors. While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Shrikala Acharya, additional project director of (MDACS), informed, “The Jindagi app will help […]

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Union health ministry releases operational guidelines on HIV/TB intervention in prisons

Union health ministry releases operational guidelines on HIV/TB intervention in prisons

“Government is not only fully funding the HIV/AIDS programme but also increasing the resource envelope in accordance with the programme needs.” stated Anupriya Patel, Minister of State (Health & Family Welfare). Sanjeeva Kumar, AS & DG (NACO), Alok Saxena, Joint Secretary  (NACO), Dr Billali Camara, Country Coordinator, UNAIDS and Dr Benk Henkedam, WHO Country Representative […]

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World AIDS Day: Success and challenges of the private sector in HIV management

The private sector has played a pioneering and leadership role in the field of care and support of HIV/AIDS, mainly because it was early beginner in Anti-retroviral Treatment (ART) and most-importantly there are committed souls who have put in from a decade to more than three decades in this field. Conversely, lack of trained and […]

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HIV breakthrough: Cancer drug offers promising hope for HIV cure

Scientists have reported the first case of a cancer drug that “drastically and persistently decreases” HIV-infected cells which can’t be tackled with conventional HIV treatments. The case, a 51-year old, HIV-positive man receiving treatment for lung cancer was reported as a letter in the Annals of Oncology journal today, World Aids Day, and has been […]

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World AIDS Day: Why premarital HIV Test is still a taboo

World AIDS Day: Why premarital HIV test is still a taboo

A woman life can shatter in a moment when they realised that they have tested positive for HIV post marriage. They are even more devastated, when they realise that they have contracted the life-threatening virus from their husband, but there is little they can do. While these cases are not unusual, youngsters from Pune who […]

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