When and why

Ultrasound of the abdomen is useful in investigating the cause of abdominal pain, swelling, and persistent fever. For most ultrasounds, the person having the procedure lies on an exam table. The person doing the test spreads a warm gel on the skin and then holds a transducer (a hand-held device that sends and receives ultrasound signals) against the body and moves it back and forth over the area investigated. Some ultrasounds may require fasting ahead of time.

How it will help

Abdominal ultrasound can be used to evaluate the abdominal aorta and other abdominal blood vessels, gallbladder, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and spleen. It can often detect the source of abdominal pain, an enlarged abdominal organ, gallbladder or kidney stones, an inflamed appendix, and an aortic aneurysm.  

Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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