HIV Transmission, Treatment and Prevention
HIV Transmission should be at the forefront of our global health concerns.
Globally, HIV is the 2nd leading cause of death
A recent study released by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada found that nearly 50% of sexually active college students aren’t using condoms. Other reports have found that while teenagers are likely to use a condom the first time they have sex, their behavior becomes inconsistent after that.
July 18, 2016 the 21st International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa
Join us for a riveting interview with Dr. Adrienne Chan, Researcher Dignitas International. Dignitas International is a medical and research organization dedicated to improving health care for people facing a high burden of disease and unequal access to services.
Dignitas International evolved from Doctors without Borders, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. Dignitas Founder Dr. James Orbinski accepted on behalf of Doctors without Borders.
In Malawi, in Southern Africa, Dignitas is supporting 174 health centres in six districts which covers a population of more than 3.1 million people. From a standing start in 2004, they have helped more than 1.6 million people get tested for HIV and helped 232,000+ people start lifesaving treatment. This represents close to half of the total number of people on HIV treatment in the country.
Dr. Adrienne Chan trained in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Toronto, where she served as Chief Medical Resident. She was a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University, where she completed a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in International Health.
She served as a technical consultant on the Commission to Investigate the Introduction and Spread of SARS in Toronto, Canada. Adrienne is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Toronto, and is cross-appointed to the Division of Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Adrienne’s research interests include HIV care and treatment decentralization, HIV/TB integration in resource limiting settings, and scale-up of initiatives to prevent of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Points of Discussion on HIV transmission, treatment and Prevention here on Best In Health Radio:
- suppression of the immune system
- AIDS prevention, soldier cells
- the 60yr. + age group HIV positive
- HIV viral load – HIV positive to AIDS
- HIV in Southern Africa, Malawi
- Vertical transmission – Mother to child transmission
- safe breast feeding
- Child brides and HIV
- Youth HIV positive
- HPV Virus and cancer, Oral Cancer cervical cancer
- Wearing a condom for penetrative sex and oral sex
- Donating Blood
- heterosexual sex
- male to male sex
- injection drug use
- Use of PREP treatment as Prevention of HIV transmission
- Starting HIV medication earlier lowering the risk of HIV transmission
- Living with HIV
- Teen Club: in Malawi, Africa to receive medications, learn about their unique health challenges and form supportive peer relationships.
- How we can help Dignitas International and Teen Club eradicate HIV one day