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Chilpancingo de los Bravos, Mexico

In efficacy trials male circumcision (MC) protected men against HIV infection. Planners need information relevant to MC programmes in practice. In 2008, we interviewed 2915 men and 4549 women aged 15-29 years in representative cluster samples in Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland, asking about socio-economic characteristics, knowledge and attitudes about HIV and MC and MC history. We tested finger prick blood samples for HIV. We calculated weighted frequencies of MC knowledge and attitudes, and MC history and HIV status. Multivariate analysis examined associations between MC and other variables and HIV status. In Botswana, 11% of young men reported MC, 28% in Namibia and 8% in Swaziland; mostly (75% in Botswana, 94% - mostly Herero - in Namibia and 68% in Swaziland) as infants or children. Overall, 6.5% were HIV positive (8.3% Botswana, 2.6% Namibia and 9.1% Swaziland). Taking other variables into account, circumcised men were as likely as uncircumcised men to be HIV positive. Nearly half of the uncircumcised young men planned to be circumcised; two-thirds of young men and women planned to have their sons circumcised. Some respondents had inaccurate beliefs and unhelpful views about MC and HIV, with variation between countries. Between 9 and 15% believed a circumcised man is fully protected against HIV; 20-26% believed men need not be tested for HIV before MC; 14-26% believed HIV-positive men who are circumcised cannot transmit the virus; and 8-34% thought it was "okay for a circumcised man to expect sex without a condom". Inaccurate perceptions about protection from MC could lead to risk compensation and reduce women's ability to negotiate safer sex. More efforts are needed to raise awareness about the limitations of MC protection, especially for women, and to study the interactions between MC roll out programmes and primary HIV prevention programmes. Source

Martinez-Calleja A.,Autonomous University of Guerrero
Experimental diabetes research | Year: 2012

We evaluated the association between four polymorphisms in the CRP gene with circulating levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), type 2 diabetes (T2D), obesity, and risk score of coronary heart disease. We studied 402 individuals and classified them into four groups: healthy, obese, T2D obese, and T2D without obesity, from Guerrero, Southwestern Mexico. Blood levels of CRP, glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, and leukocytes were measured. Genotyping was performed by PCR/RFLP, and the risk score for coronary heart disease was determined by the Framingham's methodology. The TT genotype of SNP rs1130864 was associated with increased body mass index and T2D patients with obesity. We found that the haplotype 2 (TGAG) was associated with increased levels of CRP (β = 0.3; 95%CI: 0.1, 0.5; P = 0.005) and haplotype 7 (TGGG) with higher body mass index (BMI) (β = 0.2; 95%CI: 0.1, 0.3; P < 0.001). The risk score for coronary heart disease was associated with increased levels of CRP, but not with any polymorphism or haplotype. The association between the TT genotype of SNP rs1130864 with obesity and the haplotype 7 with BMI may explain how obesity and genetic predisposition increase the risk of diseases such as T2D in the population of Southwestern Mexico. Source

Espinoza-Rojo M.,Autonomous University of Guerrero
Central nervous system agents in medicinal chemistry | Year: 2010

Ischemic stroke is a major cause of death worldwide that provokes a high society cost. Deprivation of blood supply, with the subsequent deficiency of glucose and oxygen, triggers an important number of mechanisms (e.g. excitotoxicity, oxidative stress and inflammation) leading to irreversible neuronal injury. Consequently, ischemia increases the energy demand which is associated with profound changes in brain energy metabolism. Glucose transport activity may adapt to ensure the delivery of glucose to maintain normal cellular function, even at the low glucose levels observed in plasma during ischemia. In the brain, the main glucose transporters (GLUTs) are GLUT3 in neurons and GLUT1 in the microvascular endothelial cells of the blood brain barrier and glia. The intracellular signaling pathways involved in GLUT regulation in cerebral ischemia remain unclear; however, it has been established that ischemia induces changes in their expression. In this review, we describe the effect of glutamate-induced excitotoxicity, mitochondrial damage, glucose deprivation, and hypoxia on GLUTs expression in the brain. Additionally, we discuss the possible role of GLUTs as therapeutic target for ischemia. Despite of the intense research, current therapeutics options for stroke are very limited, therefore it is especially important to find new options. Few studies have examined the neuroprotective potential of GLUT up-regulation in ischemic stroke; however, evidence suggests that augmented GLUTs could be related to a protective mechanism. Increased understanding of the beneficial effects of GLUTs activation provides the rationale for targeting GLUT in the development of new therapeutic strategies. Source

Andersson N.,Autonomous University of Guerrero | Lamothe G.,University of Ottawa
BMC Health Services Research | Year: 2011

Background: Focus groups, rapid assessment procedures, key informant interviews and institutional reviews of local health services provide valuable insights on health service resources and performance. A long-standing challenge of health planning is to combine this sort of qualitative evidence in a unified analysis with quantitative evidence from household surveys. A particular challenge in this regard is to take account of the neighbourhood or clustering effects, recognising that these can be informative or incidental. Methods. An example of food aid and food sufficiency from the Bosnian emergency (1995-96) illustrates two Lamothe cluster-adjustments of the Mantel Haenszel (MH) procedure, one assuming a fixed odds ratio and the other allowing for informative clustering by not assuming a fixed odds ratio. We compared these with conventional generalised estimating equations and a generalised linear mixed (GLMM) model, using a Laplace adjustment. Results: The MH adjustment assuming incidental clustering generated a final model very similar to GEE. The adjustment that does not assume a fixed odds ratio produced a final multivariate model and effect sizes very similar to GLMM. Discussion. In medium or large data sets with stratified last stage random sampling, the cluster adjusted MH is substantially more conservative than the nave MH computation. In the example of food aid in the Bosnian crisis, the cluster adjusted MH that does not assume a fixed odds ratio produced similar results to the GLMM, which identified informative clustering. © 2011 Andersson and Lamothe; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. Source

Andersson N.,Autonomous University of Guerrero | Cockcroft A.,CIET Trust Botswana
AIDS and Behavior | Year: 2012

Interpersonal power gradients may prevent people implementing HIV prevention decisions. Among 7,464 youth aged 15-29 years in Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland we documented indicators of choice-disability (low education, educational disparity with partner, experience of sexual violence, experience of intimate partner violence (IPV), poverty, partner income disparity, willingness to have sex without a condom despite believing partner at risk of HIV), and risk behaviours like inconsistent use of condoms and multiple partners. In Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland, 22.9, 9.1, and 26.1% women, and 8.3, 2.8, and 9.3% men, were HIV positive. Among both women and men, experience of IPV, IPV interacted with age, and partner income disparity interacted with age were associated with HIV positivity in multivariate analysis. Additional factors were low education (for women) and poverty (for men). Choice disability may be an important driver of the AIDS epidemic. New strategies are needed that favour the choice-disabled. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Source

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