What We're Reading: Recommitting in 2013 and New Diet Recommendations for PLHIV
December 14, 2012
This week, we’re learning more about how an EGPAF Ambassador is refocusing in the new year, thinking about mother-to-child transmission in South Africa, and reading about how diet and nutrition can help slow down the progression of HIV.
– “Recommitment for a New Year
” EGPAF Ambassador Jamie Gentille has become a champion for children and young people living with HIV. Now, she writes about how she wants people to work together towards an “AIDS-free generation” in 2013.
– “More South African pregnant women contracting HIV
” A new study indicates that the rates of pregnant women living with HIV are rising in South Africa, a country which has been hit hard by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The article notes that the government is responding by promoting awareness campaigns and antenatal testing.
– “Frontline Health Care on the Hill
” Earlier this month, EGPAF joined forces with Save the Children and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition to hold a briefing on the hill on how frontline health care workers are essential to fulfilling the recently announced PEPFAR “Blueprint” and creating a generation free of HIV/AIDS.
– “Diet quality predicts HIV progression and death in resource-poor settings
” A new study indicates that maintaining a healthy, diverse diet before beginning treatment for HIV can delay the progression of HIV/AIDS and reduce the mortality of the disease. The research showed that each addition of a nutrient-rich food group was linked to a 16% reduction in the likelihood of having a low CD4 count, the standard means of determining whether HIV has developed into full-blown AIDS.
Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for EGPAF, and is based in Washington, D.C.