Women's Health

GPs back contraceptive injection despite HIV fears

Contraceptive injections should still be an option for women despite an increased risk of HIV , a GP and sexual health expert has argued. Speaking to GP Online, Dr Richard Ma explained that the jab is still an alternative for women who want to limit their chances of conception. A recent study by...

HIV rates high among South African sex workers

HIV positive rates are high among sex workers in South Africa, according to new statistics from the South African National Aids Council (SANAC). Announced at the launch of a national HIV/ AIDS programme for sex workers in Johannesburg on Monday (January 12th), the research noted that around 60 per...

International project aims to develop new HIV vaccines

Companies from the UK, US and France are working together to develop a new vaccine for HIV . Abzena subsidiary Antitope, based in Cambridge, UK, Dallas-based Baylor Institute for Immunology Research and France's research group INSERM have started collaborating to produce manufacturing cell...

Trust launches new HIV video

A new video has been launched in Derby in the UK to educate the public on HIV and Aids. Developed by the Derbyshire Community Health Services, the Timewarp Syndrome clip is designed to debunk myths about the virus, the Derby Telegraph reported. It emerged because staff at the trust routinely have...

Northern Ireland sees biggest HIV proportional increase in UK

More people in Northern Ireland received treatment for HIV in the past year than anywhere else in the UK, according to new figures. A report by the Public Health Agency (PHA) noted that Northern Ireland had the largest proportional increase in new cases of HIV in the UK since 2000. It highlights...

HIV/AIDS soars in Russia

Cases of HIV / AIDS in Russia have spiralled in the past quarter of a century, according to one Russian official. TASS reports that Larisa Dementieva, deputy head of epidemiological control at Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, told a news conference yesterday (November 27th) that...

HIV pandemic ‘originated in 1920s Kinshasa’

A “perfect storm” of factors that came together in Africa in 1920 led to the spread of HIV across the continent and then the rest of the world, according to a new study. Published in the journal Science, the paper says that the virus, which is likely to have crossed over from...

India may miss maternal mortality MDG

India is unlikely to meet the Millennium Development Goal relating to maternal mortality, new research has found. Although maternal deaths have been falling in the nation, reports from the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) and CommonHealth have both found that they are not declining...

Flu jabs for pregnant women ‘should be priority’

Making sure that pregnant women receive their flu jab every season needs to be a top priority, according to new research. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presented by the US National Foundation for Infectious Disease shows that pregnant women who were offered the...

South Africa HIV survival can compare to US

HIV survival rates in South Africa can be comparable to those in the US after two years of antiretroviral therapy. These are the findings of a new study from the University of Cape Town, published in the journal PLOS Medicine. Researchers compared survival rates from four South African, six North...