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  • Myanmar HIV HCV coinfection key populations PWID

But first: Life Saving Treatment for Myanmar

It was only a year ago that the first global study on the harmful extent of HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) coinfection was revealed by the World Health Organization (WHO). While it was always known that HIV and HVC are two major global health problems with overlapping modes of transmission and affected populations, it was [...]

March 6th, 2018|Equip Health, Myanmar|
  • HIV Research assistants use smart technology to data capture

Using Technology to Data Capture

In Zambia, an EQUIP supported country, EQUIP research assistance Chitalu Mpanda captures Beauty's information using a SIM-enabled tablet. This smart technology tracks, stores and sends information for real time data capture. Collected over a number of months, this information will provide evidence-based criteria for understanding benefits and challenges associated with multi-month dispensing (MMD) - a key focus [...]

December 17th, 2017|Equip Health, Zambia|
  • My Right to Health World AIDS Day 2017

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|