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My Health, My Right

GENEVA, 6 November 2017—In the lead-up to World AIDS Day on 1 December, UNAIDS has launched this year’s World AIDS Day campaign. The campaign, My Health, My Right, focuses on the right to health and explores the challenges people around the world face in exercising their rights. “All people, regardless of their age, gender, where they live or [...]

November 30th, 2017|Equip Health|

Living a Better Life on ART

“The nets have improved. My life has improved. Life is good!”   John Connelly of the EQUIP Right to Care country program in Malawi had the opportunity to interview Felix Mnthali Mswayo in Kambiro-Mbiro, on the shore of Lake Malawi, near Chitimba Village (at the base of Livingsotnia, Malawi). This story of hope must be spread far [...]

November 30th, 2017|Equip Health, Malawi|
  • Raymond Chalwe is a former security guard and tested positive for HIV on 29 August 2017. He started treatment on 7 September 2017. World AIDS Day 2017

Raymond Chalwe’s Message on World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Raymond Chalwe from Zambia, an EQUIP-supported country, tested positive for HIV on 29 August 2017 and started treatment on 7 September after not feeling well for three months. At first after beginning antiretroviral therapy (ART), Raymond said he had “bad [...]

November 30th, 2017|Equip Health, Zambia|

The HIV Depression Connection

Depression is the most common psychiatric illness worldwide, with the average person having a lifetime risk of about 10% of having a depressive episode (1). It is also one of the most underdiagnosed psychiatric conditions, especially in men. However, research has shown that people with HIV have a much higher risk of developing depression, about [...]

November 3rd, 2017|Equip Health|

Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance provided by EQUIP to Ministries of Health closes the gaps that hold back access and uptake of HIV treatment and care services. In an effort to strengthen health systems at national and regional level, EQUIP With the support of USAID, EQUIP currently provides innovative technical assistance to Ministries of Health and local implementation partners [...]

October 31st, 2017|Equip Health|

Self Testing

HIV self-testing has the potential to significantly increase HIV testing uptake among at-risk populations, particularly those who are reluctant to get tested at health facilities. Fear of stigma and lack of confidentiality can pose barriers to HIV testing, but this may change with this new HIV testing option. HIV self-testing (HIV ST) has been associated [...]

October 31st, 2017|Equip Health|

Test & Start

In October 2015, the World Health Organization issued guidance on what it calls the treat-all approach - or Test & Start - recommending antiretroviral therapy (ART), for everyone living with HIV at any CD4 cell count. Commonly known as Test and Start, this approach begins patients on ART immediately after an HIV-positive diagnosis in an effort to [...]

October 31st, 2017|Equip Health|

Questions and Answers on PrEP

What is PrEP? PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it is an additional HIV prevention option. PrEP is for HIV-negative people who are at a high risk of getting HIV. PrEP is a tablet that should be taken daily for as long as a person is at a significant risk of HIV. If you want [...]

October 31st, 2017|Equip Health|

Hepatitis C Symptoms

The incubation period for hepatitis C is two weeks to six months. Following initial infection, approximately 80% of people do not exhibit any symptoms. Those who are acutely symptomatic may exhibit: fever fatigue decreased appetite nausea vomiting abdominal pain dark urine grey-coloured faeces, joint pain jaundice (yellowing of skin and the whites of the eyes). [...]

October 30th, 2017|Equip Health|

Innovating Pharmacy Dispensing

Access to treatment will be now be made easier for people living with HIV/Aids as they will soon be able to collect their medicine at shopping malls thanks to the introduction of special ATM machines. The machines, or rather pharmacy dispensing units, are equipped to dispense medication and are set to be rolled out at [...]

October 30th, 2017|Equip Health|