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HIV negative sex workers find it hard to take ARVs
Posted: Dec 12, 2017
Category: AGYW Spotlight

HIV negative sex workers find it hard to take ARVs

Despite being offered a daily pill to protect them from HIV, almost three-quarters of women sex workers had stopped taking the pills after a year. This is according to a study published in the PLoS journal last week, conducted by the TAPS Demonstration Study.The study tested almost 700 women, and says that the average woman was “married or had a steady partner, worked in brothels, and were born in Zimbabwe”.Almost half of the women tested were HIV positive, 341 women. Of these, 139 decided to go on ARVs. Around 60 percent of them were still on the medication after a year.

#DontLookAway: Mom convicted of lying to protect her infant’s rapist
Posted: Dec 12, 2017
Category: AGYW Spotlight

#DontLookAway: Mom convicted of lying to protect her infant’s rapist

Johannesburg – A Soweto mother has been convicted of helping and protecting a man who raped her two-month-old baby and for lying to police and doctors to conceal the incident.

Medical examinations concluded that the infant experienced similar injuries as those suffered by women who are victims of female genital mutilation.

The mother stunned the high court in Joburg on Tuesday minutes before the judgment was handed down as she started sniffing and crying from the dock as Judge Carla van Veenendaal went through her ruling, describing the events around the incident and the role the mother played to protect her child’s rapist.

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Helping our patients take HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): a systematic review of adherence interventions
Posted: Dec 12, 2017
Category: PrEp

Helping our patients take HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): a systematic review of adherence interventions

Adherence is critical for maximizing the effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in preventing HIV infection. Strategies for promoting adherence to HIV treatment, and their potential application to PrEP adherence, have received considerable attention. However, adherence promotion strategies for prevention medications have not been well characterized and may be more applicable to PrEP. We aimed to identify adherence support interventions that have been effective in other prevention fields and could be applied in the HIV prevention context to support pill taking among PrEP users.

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