One Year of HIV Case-based Surveillance in Guyana: Celebrating Successes and Recognizing Challenges

By Anna Carroll, Senior Associate, Global Program, NASTAD

Sunil and Homechand are both HIV Volunteer Counseling and Testing (VCT) counselors in the Berbice region of Guyana, one of the more developed and populated regions in the country. Despite major funding challenges in the region, Sunil and Homechand continue to demonstrate their commitment to combatting the epidemic and improving the health of the Berbice population, testing between 70 and 100 people each month for HIV.       Continue reading

HIV Law Should Reflect Medicine’s Reality

By Randy Mayer, Chief, Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis, Iowa Department of Public Health

(Originally reported in The Des Moines Register)

Recent advances in HIV prevention and care have been nothing short of remarkable.  It appears we have finally turned a corner on the HIV epidemic.

Randy Mayer, Chief, Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis, Iowa Department of Public Health

Randy Mayer, Chief, Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis, Iowa Department of Public Health

Medications can now prevent HIV infection if taken before or after exposure.  Combinations of medications can nearly eliminate the ability of infected persons who strictly adhere to medication regimens to transmit the virus.

Testing soon after infection, promoting immediate treatment regardless of symptoms, and ensuring continued access to medications and adherence to treatment regimens help greatly decrease HIV transmission.  Public health programs help those newly diagnosed with HIV to notify and advise their partners to be tested. Continue reading