This Week in PLOS Medicine: Plasmodium falciparum; HIV stigma & maternal health; blood pressure & more

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Five new articles published this week in PLOS Medicine ranging from malaria to HIV to cardiovascular health.

Arjen Dondorp and colleagues investigate whether the plasma level of Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein 2 can be used to distinguish between severe malaria and other severe febrile illness in African children with malaria.

Janet Turan and colleagues examine how the perception of women in rural Kenya of HIV-related stigma during pregnancy affected their subsequent utilization of maternity services.

In a systematic review and meta-analysis Vlado Perkovic and colleagues investigate whether more intensive blood pressure lowering regimens are associated with reductions in the risk of major cardiovascular events and end stage kidney disease.

In light of recent research evidence, Gordon Mansergh and colleagues discuss barriers to effective implementation of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for men who have sex with men.

Jennifer Prah Ruger argues for a more multi-dimensional assessment of financial protection in health, which can better capture health expenditures and the full burden of health cost burdens.

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