Adults who are HIV-positive are more likely to experience hearing loss than adults who do not have HIV, according to research published online December 26 in JAMA-Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Researchers report that adults with HIV were more likely to experience difficulty hearing both high and low tones, regardless of the severity of HIV disease progression or the use of and adherence to HIV medications. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the new findings expand upon earlier research that has suggested an increased risk of hearing loss in adults with HIV.
Until recently, African MSM have been under-researched and under-resourced, and this has contributed to their stigmatisation.
Fortunately this deficiency has been recognised locally and a number of innovative programmes have been developed to address this.
The Top2btm symposium on prevention, treatment and care of MSM sought to bring together these programmes to share experiences.
The symposium was held in Cape Town, organised by the Anova Health Institute with support from USAID and PEPFAR. The conference attracted 188 delegates from across Africa as well as Europe and North America, including local MSM community representatives, a variety of NGOs, government leaders and health care workers as well as prominent MSM researchers.
The Top2Btm Symposium took place on the 23 May 2011 in Cape Town at the Vineyard Hotel and Conference Centre
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To download the Conference Report click here