A new study relying on a “treasure trove” of cryogenically preserved stool samples from the early 1980s is providing new insights into the gut microbiome’s relationship with HIV/AIDS susceptibility. The study “could have implications for disease cure or even prevention,"…

Inequality has long been seen as one of the biggest—yet least understood—obstacles in the global fight against TB, HIV, and malaria. Despite major gains against these diseases in the last decade, the poorest, least educated, and rural subgroups persistently fall behind. 

Amid the pandemic, the number of patients collecting antiretroviral medications from Kenyan health facilities has steeply declined.   Many patients register at facilities far from home to avoid stigma—making access even riskier in the time of COVID-19.   As WHO predicts…

The death toll from viral hepatitis now outpaces that of HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. Approaching World Hepatitis Day on July 28th, a recent WHO progress report illuminates the disease’s impact in Africa.     Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the highest hepatitis B numbers with…

Trump’s bid to end HIV transmission in America by 2030 could miss the mark by focusing too narrowly on medical approaches, advocates warn.   Medicines like antiretrovirals and pre-exposure prophylaxis are needed and available, but many populations most in need are missing…

Universal access to sexual reproductive health and the fight to end AIDS are 2 Sustainable Development Goals that naturally go hand in hand. Home to almost 70% of people living with HIV, sub-Saharan Africa has seen progress toward eliminating mother-to-child transmission.…

South Africa is the epicenter of the world’s largest HIV epidemic. 20% of all people living with HIV are in the country, and 20% of the globe’s new infections occur there. Worse, nearly a third of all new infections are among adolescent girls ages 15-24.  

HIV mortality rates are declining thanks to effective medications and growing awareness of the disease. But among black women in the US, late diagnoses and unique social and health concerns still make the disease harder to manage—as women's stories attest, the Washington…

In East and Southern Africa, women are more likely to have HIV though for men, it’s deadlier.   Less likely to seek testing and treatment, men make up 54% of AIDS-related deaths but only 46% of infections in the regions. Globally, 60% of HIV-positive women were on treatment…

Holes in Russia’s HIV/AIDS strategy are being filled by activists re-distributing medical supplies and support amid a dire shortage.   The Aptechka network repurposes leftover medication, such as pills left by the dead, to cope with demand. In Russia, AIDS-related deaths…