Innovations in HIV care for continuity and expansion
This year's World AIDS Day coins for the earth at the end of a previous year. International Conference Alerts around the globe - destroying and damaging lives and lives - were disrupted by the dissemination of COVID-19.
In addition, decades of success in attempts to end the virus are threatened by the latest pandemic. Those of those who are usually working on the HIV frontlines at Way2Conference are now at COVID-19. Others in our ranks have difficulty keeping HIV programmes functioning well as distracting focus, skills and money.
Covid-19’s impact on HIV Patients
Whilst this emphasis is essential to save lives and avoid the spread of COVID-19, access to essential HIV care and preventive facilities is also interrupted. According to a new study of the 106 countries programmes, 85% of the HIV Conferences have suffered from the disorder of COVID-19.
Data modelling has shown the theoretical effects of these disorders. These include a 10 percent higher HIV death rate over five years and a 40-80 percent higher number of new infections among kids in countries with high burdens.
Information and Resources on Prevention and Care
Some expected COVID-19 to be a large leveller in the early months of the pandemic. Rather, we hear how it's a big splitter, much like HIV. We saw that those in cities would better access online information and resources on prevention and care, thereby exacerbating a gap between the urban and rural areas.
COVID-19 has also identified the barriers that have omitted from the provision of care for those most vulnerable to HIV. Men who have sex with men, injectors of drugs, sex slaves and sexually transgendered persons. These communities have seen renewed stigma, persecution and economic difficulty over the past year.
The Global HIV Policy Report recently published in 2020 shows that each nation in the world has at least one legislation which criminalises homosexual relations, sex work, the personal use of drugs or the exposure and transmission of HIV - usually all four. Despite reports of counterproductive criminalization.
But the strength and creativity of healthcare employees in frontline adaptation and innovation is also demonstrated this year to ensure the quality of services. This year is the International Year of Nurses and Seniors, an opportunity to think about professional achievements that have helped to keep women at the centre of attention, particularly in these difficult times.
HIV service in the society worldwide
1.Loon Gangte, the Delhi DNP+ network founder is one example. One example is Loon Gangte. Loon actively lobbyed to deliver treatment materials for several months before lockouts were enacted in India, and organised motorcycle volunteers in Delhi and nearby countries to distribute drugs to 700 people as far as Agra.
2.In Thailand, the PRINCE PREP scheme, which provides women with same-day access to PrEP provided by community providers, had to improvise by designing their own plastic shields at Community health centres and by providing STIs self sampling to limit the time customers spent in clinics.
3.Our African colleagues have also adopted creativity to discourage obstruction of HIV therapy. Many nations, including the Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, have modified policies that encourage ART-initiators to obtain a prescription supply of at least three months.
These stories reflect the huge commitment of providers of HIV service in the society worldwide and the advances achievable when priority is given to human-centered approaches. Efforts that will remain and be extended easy after COVID are all these creative efforts to make the attention more available to more people.
Advancement in HIV Treatment and Prevention
Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly been the subject of global interest this year, there is a strong sense of hope for more progress in the field of HIV care and advancement in HIV treatment and Prevention.
One example is the efficacy of HIV prevention in men, women, women and bisexual women with long-acting injectable cabotegravir. These results broaden preventive choices when addressing protection challenges and implementation requirements with an eight-week injection, and they can help to tackle obstacles to the compliance with Regular PrEP in the case of those most vulnerable.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased current health risks and inequities and has increased them. Research has demonstrated how the COVID-19 response has affected other diseases and how decades of attempts and successes in HIV, TB and malaria prevention can take place. Minimizing COVID-19's negative effects on these diseases would demand that countries and programmes not only innovate, but also work towards merging programmes frequently in silos.
Both COVID-19 and HIV pushed us to recognise and resolve social health determinants. Strengthened neighbourhoods shall be part of the redesign of health services in post-COVID world. There needs to be enough investment, so that desperately needed community-based programmes focusing on disadvantaged communities will continue.
Durable development for both HIV Conferences and COVID-19 would entail tackling severe socioeconomic gaps in order to safeguard the most vulnerable. This is no simple feat, and would demand trust and cooperation between scientists, decision makers, health workers on the frontlines and communities concerned.
The Way2conference on World AIDS Day calls on the global community to solve these issues in International Conference Alerts. Innovation must have equity, scientific knowledge must educate politics, and every step of the way must be taken by the society.