New HIV Treatment factsheet series

NAPWHA, 20 Dec 2018

NAPWHA would like to thank ViiV Healthcare for an unrestricted grant to produce a new range of treatment messages.

These are ideal for someone who has been newly diagnosed, or who is unsure if they are receiving the best possible treatment for them.

Below are the first three of the series; these are downloadable in PDF format.

Please continue to check in with NAPWHA in 2019 for the next in the series.

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Reproductive health of HIV-positive women being neglected, says Swiss study

nam/aidsmap, 06 February 2018

HIV-positive women in Switzerland are mainly relying on male condoms for contraception, investigators report in HIV Medicine. “Male condoms remained the most frequently used contraceptive method, whereas the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives was very uncommon,” note the researchers. “One in six women using contraceptives experienced an unwanted pregnancy, with 42% occurring while using a combined hormonal pill.

The investigators suggest that HIV clinicians need to do more to encourage effective contraceptive use by women with HIV, especially in the light of growing awareness that people with HIV with undetectable viral load do not transmit HIV. If couples stop using the male condom, women need information about which contraceptive options are suitable for them.

A Fate Worse than Death? Being Transgender in Long-term Care

Psychology Benefits Society blog ( American Psychological Association), Oct 26, 2017

“I would kill myself.” This is what a 70 year-old transgender woman told me recently when I asked what she would do if she needed long-term care. While this sounds dramatic, it is a common sentiment among older transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) adults (Witten, 2014).

Many TGNC older adults do not have family caregivers available to meet their needs for assistance in later life, having been rejected and ostracized by their families of origin according to a study by Grant and colleagues (2011), and long-term care services may be their only option.

Read more of Being Transgender in Long-term Care

 

Contraception for women with epilepsy: counselling, choices, and concerns

Open Access Journal of Contraception, 19 April 2016 Volume 2016:7 Pages 69—76

Arne Reimers, Department of Clinical Pharmacology, St Olavs University Hospital, and Department of Laboratory Medicine, Children’s and Women’s Health, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway

Abstract:

Approximately 50% of all pregnancies in women with epilepsy (WWE) occur unplanned. This is worrying, given the increased occurrence of obstetrical complications in WWE, including the risk of seizures and their possible consequences for both the mother and the unborn child. Hormonal contraception is usually regarded as highly effective, but it is subject to numerous bidirectional drug interactions with several antiepileptic drugs. These interactions may lead to loss of seizure control or contraceptive failure. Further concerns are loss of bone mineral density and increased seizure activity due to hormonal effects. Many physicians lack sufficient knowledge regarding these issues, and most WWE have never received adequate counselling. Moreover, several studies show that a large proportion of WWE do not take their medicines regularly. This article reviews all of these issues and offers practical recommendations for the management of contraception in WWE.

Download paper (open access, PDF) here or here

New website with information on drug use and sexual & mental health, for the LGBTI community

24/11/2015

Today, a website has be launched to provide advice and information on drug use and sexual and mental health, focused on the Australian LGBTI community.

The website, TouchBase, is a collaboration between the Victorian AIDS Council, the Australian Drug Foundation and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisatios (AFAO).

It is the first online resource to deal with how recreational drugs can interact with prescription medication and hormones.
It also shows people where they can get support in their state of residence.
Access TouchBase website here

Hormonal contraceptive methods for women at high risk of HIV and living with HIV

2014 Guidance statement

WHO, July 2014

The World Health Organization is issuing its contraceptive eligibility guidance for women at high risk of HIV and women living with HIV, in advance of the entire guideline revision. It is anticipated that the revised fifth edition of the MEC will be completed in 2015.

Download the guidelines here