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Suboptimal ART adherence associated with greater inflammation in patients with HIV

Recently published findings indicate that suboptimal adherence to ART is associated with activation of coagulation and enhanced residual inflammation among patients with HIV, even if patients have already achieved virologic suppression.

Published
07 January 2018
From
Healio
Fixed-dose regimes ‘modestly’ lower risk of HIV treatment failure

New research compares treatment outcomes of single versus multiple tablet regimes, raising questions around cost-effectiveness.

Published
15 December 2017
From
Avert
Could we safely reduce the frequency of treatments for HIV-positive people?

Most HIV-positive people in France under treatment take a daily dose of antiviral drugs for life. However, a major trial is currently underway that may confirm that patients could omit several days of treatment a week without risk to their health.

Published
08 December 2017
From
The Conversation
Drug interaction concerns may negatively affect HIV treatment adherence among transgender women

Participants in NIH-supported study apprehensive about combining HIV medications and hormones.

Published
25 July 2017
From
NIAID
SA's new HIV challenge: patients who believe they've been healed

On the eve of South Africa’s national AIDS conference taking place in Durban this week, it has emerged that people are defaulting on their ARVs – often under the impression that they have been healed. According to health workers Health-e News spoke to, the issue relates to the “undetectable viral load” diagnosis patients receive when their antiretroviral therapy starts working and causes the amount of virus in their blood to drop to an extremely low level.

Published
13 June 2017
From
Citizen
Frame PrEP as part of a ‘healthy sex life’ for better adherence

Brief, empowering messaging around pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can lead to better medication adherence, new research has found. When PrEP counselors framed PrEP as part of a healthy sex life, new PrEP clients were significantly more likely to have high levels of adherence to the medication. This was true even among demographics that typically struggle with adherence including young people and people of color.

Published
27 March 2017
From
BETA blog
Dutch adherence programme boosts HIV Tx success rate

Dutch researchers have developed an HIV medication adherence programme that has been successful in increasing treatment success rates by almost 18%, claiming it as the first adherence intervention in HIV care that demonstrates clinical and cost effectiveness.

Published
09 March 2017
From
Medical Brief
US: Should People With HIV Stock Up on Meds in Fear of Health Care Cuts?

As the Trump admimistration and Congress discuss sweeping changes to health care, should people with HIV start squirreling away their meds in case they lose access? HIV advocates say don't panic -- you'll likely be fine. But there are still things you can think about and steps you can take.

Published
13 February 2017
From
The Body
Food is Medicine for HIV-Positive and Type 2 Diabetes Patients

HIV-positive people who received healthy food and snacks for six months were more likely to adhere to their medication regimens, were less depressed and less likely to make trade-offs between food and healthcare, according to a new study.

Published
26 January 2017
From
University of California San Francisco
Behavioral Therapy Provides Depression and Adherence Benefits in HIV Study

Four months of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and antiretroviral adherence significantly improved adherence and depression scores when compared with treatment as usual in a three-way randomized trial involving adults with HIV infection. Relative improvements in adherence and depression held up in the eight months after the interventions ended.

Published
30 November 2016
From
The Body Pro
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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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