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U = U: awareness and associations with health outcomes among PLHIV in 25 countries

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Okoli C, Van de Velde N, Richman B, et al Undetectable equals untransmittable (U = U): awareness and associations with health outcomes among people living with HIV in 25 countries Sexually Transmitted Infections  Published Online First: 30 July 2020. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2020-054551 Abstract: Objectives ‘Undetectable equals Untransmittable’ (U=U) is an empowering message that may enable people...

Shortage of norethisterone-containing pills in Australia: Advice for GPs

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July/August 2020 The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) advises: Consumers and health professionals are advised that there is a shortage of oral contraceptive pills containing the combination ethinylestradiol and norethisterone. The affected products are: Brevinor – norethisterone 0.5 mg and ethinylestradiol 35 micrograms Norimin – norethisterone 0.5 mg and ethinylestradiol 35...

Sex and gender: modifiers of health, disease, and medicine

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The Lancet, Volume 396, Issue 10250, 22–28 August 2020, Pages 565-582 Mauvais-Jarvis, F., et al Clinicians can encounter sex and gender disparities in diagnostic and therapeutic responses. These disparities are noted in epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, disease progression, and response to treatment. This Review discusses the fundamental influences of sex and gender as...

‘I’m over the moon!’: patient-perceived outcomes of hepatitis C treatment

I’m over the moon!’: patient-perceived outcomes of hepatitis C treatment Davoud Pourmarzi, Andrew Smirnov, Lisa Hall, Gerard FitzGerald, and Tony Rahman Australian Journal of Primary Health 26(4) 319-324 Submitted: 22 January 2020  Accepted: 29 April 2020   Published: 25 June 2020 Abstract Understanding patient-perceived outcomes is crucial for assessing the effectiveness and acceptability of...

Calls for segregated mental health wards to reduce sexual assault risk

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ABC (Katherine Gregory on AM), February 2020 Sexual violence against women in mental health wards is going unchecked, despite service providers’ awareness of the problem. A new report has found women in Victorian mental health wards are vulnerable to sexual assault, harassment and violence from male patients and staff. It’s calling for stricter separation of male and female patients...

Healthcare providers should discuss U=U with all their HIV-positive patients

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aidsmap/nam, 18/03/2019 Healthcare providers should inform all patients with HIV they cannot transmit HIV to a sexual partner when their viral load is undetectable, argue the authors of  a strongly worded comment in The Lancet HIV. The authors note that despite overwhelming scientific data supporting the undetectable = untransmittable (U=U) message, significant numbers of healthcare providers do...

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