HIV and wider health issues
The impact communicable, non-communicable and neglected tropical diseases have on the lives of individuals, families and communities already impacted by HIV is documented by Key Correspondents, as are issues around healthcare resourcing, health systems and universal health coverage.
The stigma, myths, rumours and attitudes those living with various diseases face is also documented, as is the action communities are taking to change the situation.
Experts have warned that poor nutrition may be a factor in accelerating the spread of HIV in Africa and could slow treatment and care for people living with AIDS. more
In Cambodia, despite a higher rate of heroin use among prisoners than the general population, there is currently little in the way of treatment options for inmates. more
“The biggest crime I committed is revealing my sero-status,” said Esther Changa, 55, who tested positive for HIV in 2005. more
Malawi’s mental health services are critically underfunded, denying patients who are also HIV-positive the specific care they need. more
Methadone maintenance treatment should be made available to injecting drug users in prisons in Cambodia. It requires daily intake and is used to wean people who are addicted to heroin off the drug. It is considered less addictive and safer than heroin because it is administered and monitored in a regulated, clinical setting. more
Vin has no job and already feels like a disappointment to his mother and siblings. The thought of them finding out about his drug use clearly causes him even more pain. more
A new WHO report calls attention to the high mortality of childhood TB and the low price tag for making progress towards zero deaths. more
People who test HIV positive should reveal their status to those they trust so they can receive the support they need. more