The year 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. There was no digital communication then to disrupt - or aid - the outbreak response, but there were also far fewer health technologies available, while rapid spread of the virus by plane travel was very limited. In 2018, when we face the next major infectious disease outbreak, it will be a test of how well we use - or abuse - the technologies and knowledge we've gained since 1918.
Descovy is an updated version of Truvada containing a new form of the drug tenofovir that is safer for bones and the kidneys, at least among those with HIV. Gilead Sciences has begun a major trial to compare the efficacy of Descovy versus Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV.
Taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. Fiscal policies that lead to at least a 20% increase in the retail price of sugary drinks would result in proportional reductions in consumption of such products.
Blink Tower, a Cape Town based company makes animated explainer videos. They made a very clear educational video about HIV: What is HIV? How can you get HIV? Sexual behaviour that increases the risk of HIV transmission. How to prevent HIV? etc. The video is available in English and Zulu.