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HIV: access and monitoring of treatment

The World AIDS Campaign focus on ‘Zero AIDS related deaths’ signifies a push towards greater access to treatment for all. To mark World AIDS Day, we have pulled together some original articles, reviews and commentaries we have published in Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and International Health, focussing on access and monitoring of treatment in resource-limited countries.

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Strengthening the HIV cascade to ensure an effective future ART response in sub-Saharan Africa
Darshini Govindasamy, Katharina Kranzer, and Nathan Ford; Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg first published online November 26, 2013 doi:10.1093/trstmh/trt105

Community-based antiretroviral therapy programs can overcome barriers to retention of patients and decongest health services in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review.

Tom Decroo, Freya Rasschaert, Barbara Telfer, Daniel Remartinez, Marie Laga and Nathan Ford; Int Health (2013) 5 (3): 169-179.

Task shifting in HIV/AIDS: opportunities, challenges and proposed actions for sub-Saharan Africa.

R. Zachariah, N. Ford, M. Philips, S.Lynch, M. Massaquoi, V. Janssens and A.D. Harries; Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg (2009) 103 (6): 549-558.

Profile of HIV-infected patients receiving second-line antiretroviral therapy in a resource-limited setting in Nigeria.

Cajetan C. Onyedum, Michael O. Iroezindu, Chinwe J. Chukwuka, Chukwujekwu E. Anyaene, Frank I. Obi and Ekenechukwu E. Young; Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg (2013) 107 (10): 608-614.

Awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention and acceptance of HIV testing among residents in Likoma Island, northern Malawi.

Hung Che Chiang, Kwong Leung Yu, Shue Fang Yap, Kah Kheng Goh, Meng Hsuan Mo, Ta Wei Yang, Yeh Giin Ngo, Shu Jung Hsu, Yi Ching Wu, Chung Sheng Lai, Ying Chin Ko and Po Ya Chang; Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg (2009) 103 (9): 885-891.

HIV-1 viral load monitoring: an opportunity to reinforce treatment adherence in a resource-limited setting in Thailand.

David Wilson, A. Kace Keiluhu, Suphawadee Kogrum, Tony Reid, Noppadol Seriratana, Nathan Ford, Moe Kyawkyaw, Phol Talangsri and Nattayapa Taochalee; Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg (2009) 103 (6): 601-606.

Implementation and outcomes of an active defaulter tracing system for HIV, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), and TB patients in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya.

Kerry A. Thomson, Erastus O. Cheti and Tony Reid; Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg (2011) 105 (6): 320-326.

HIV, poverty and women.

Chaturaka Rodrigo and Senaka Rajapakse; Int Health (2010) 2 (1): 9-16.

Appointment systems are essential for improving chronic disease care in resource-poor settings: learning from experiences with HIV patients in Africa

John C. Chalker, Anita K. Wagner, Göran Tomson, Keith Johnson, Rolf Wahlström, Dennis Ross-Degnan, and on behalf of the International Network for the Rational Use of Drugs Initiative on Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy (INRUD-IAA); Int Health (2013) 5 (3): 163-165.

Addressing gender inequity in HIV care in rural Lesotho: the ‘Male Initiative’

Nicholas Lesia, Ann C. Miller, Jonas Rigodon, J. Keith Joseph and Jennifer Furin; Int Health (2013) 5 (1): 72-77.

Effects of the SATZ teacher-led school HIV prevention programmes on adolescent sexual behaviour: cluster randomised controlled trials in three sub-Saharan African sites

C. Mathews, L.E. Aarø, A. Grimsrud, A.J. Flisher, S. Kaaya, H. Onya, H. Schaalma, A. Wubs, W. Mukoma and K.-I. Klepp; Int Health (2012) 4 (2): 111-122.

Referral success among HIV-infected women and HIV-exposed children referred for monitoring and treatment in Tanga, Tanzania

Anne Arreskov, Edith Minja, Zahra Theilgaard, Celine Mandara, Jan Gerstoft, Martha Lemnge and Terese L. Katzenstein; Int Health (2010) 2 (1): 36-41.


The RSTMH journals, Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and International Health, are looking for submissions of original papers and reviews in all areas of HIV research, and are particularly interested in studies relating to:

• access to ARTs
• ART treatment outcomes
• treatment adherence and continuation
• resistant disease
• management of patients with comorbid conditions

To submit a paper and to view our author instructions visit: (Transactions RSTMH) or (International Health).