WWR: HIV in Kenya, A Foundation Ambassador Tells Her Story, and New Research

Foundation CEO Chip Lyons at the HIV-MCH Study Launch in Kenya.


This week, we’re learning about the battle against pediatric HIV in Kenya, reading the story of one of our Foundation Ambassadors, and learning about how the AIDS pandemic is changing in the United States.

XOJane.com – “It Happened to Me: I Grew Up HIV Positive” Foundation Ambassador Jamie Gentille has been a powerful voice and advocate for the needs of children and young people living with HIV. This week, she shared her story with the U.S. based website XOJane.com, and discusses what it was like to transition from childhood to adulthood with HIV.

EGPAF – “Question-and-Answer: HIV Services and Care in Kenya” EGPAF researcher Dr. John Ongech recently led a study to compare two methods of care for HIV-exposed infants: care offered within maternal and child health (MCH) clinics, and care offered at HIV-specific Comprehensive Care Clinics. In this interview, he discusses the study and its findings.

Global Post – “HIV infections drop among black women, rise in gay men”  This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that HIV rates among black women in the United States have decreased for the first time in six years, with a 21 percent drop since 2010. The news isn’t all good, though – HIV rates among gay and bisexual men have increased by 22 percent.

The Inquisitr – “Dramatically Fewer HIV Patients Hospitalized Since Antiretroviral Treatments Introduced”  A new study on how people living with HIV are responding to antiretroviral treatments is showing that people living with HIV who are taking a specific antiretroviral drug regime known as “cART” are hospitalized at much lower rates than other people living with HIV.  The research also indicates that women living with HIV and low-income people are much more likely to be hospitalized for complications from HIV/AIDS.

Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.