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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
Taking Birth Control With HIV Treatment or PrEP Is Largely OK

Women taking various forms of hormonal contraceptives can likely combine them safely with antiretrovirals (ARVs), whether as HIV treatment or in the form of Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against the virus. The one ARV that may be problematic to combine with such forms of birth control is Sustiva (efavirenz), which is included in Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine).

Published
30 May 2017
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Poz
Unexpected side effects with generic abacavir – and potential for rare reactions to other generic ARVs

Several anecdotal reports of mouth ulcers have recently been reported in people switching to generic abacavir in the UK. This should highlight awareness of the potential of likely-rare new side effects, even when both formulations have been approved as bioequivalent.

Published
23 May 2017
From
HIV i-Base
New nano approach could cut dose of leading HIV treatment in half

Successful results of a University of Liverpool-led trial that utilised nanotechnology to improve drug therapies for HIV patients has been presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle, a leading annual conference of HIV research, clinical practice and progress.

Published
21 February 2017
From
University of Liverpool press release
Gates Foundation to Invest Up to $140 Million in HIV Prevention Device

The tiny implantable drug pump is being developed by Intarcia Therapeutics Inc. It can hold six or 12 months’ supply of medicine and is designed to deliver microdoses continuously to patients, ensuring they stay on the treatment.

Published
30 December 2016
From
Wall Street Journal
What's at Stake in Trump's America? HIV Community Leaders Share Their Opinions

By Election Day Nov. 8, after an eventful primary season and a noxious election cycle, it seemed that most HIV advocates were ready to get to work with a soon-to-be President-elect Hillary Clinton's soon-to-be administration, to continue the pioneering work activists forged under President Obama in addressing HIV in the U.S. Then the unthinkable happened. In the wee hours of Nov. 9, Donald J. Trump was declared the president-elect of the United States.

Published
21 November 2016
From
The Body
Evidence that “on-demand” PrEP taken before and after sex can prevent HIV

How many doses of Truvada-based PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) are needed to provide adequate protection against HIV? Might it be possible to take PrEP only before and after sex—instead of every day?

Published
12 September 2016
From
BETA blog
University HIV smartphone app receives international award

A smartphone application developed by the University of Liverpool to help healthcare professionals to safely prescribe medications for HIV patients has won an international award.

Published
01 September 2016
From
University of Liverpool press release
Women need more of the HIV drug Truvada than men to prevent infection

Women need daily doses of the antiviral medication Truvada to prevent HIV infection while men only need two doses per week due to the way the drug accumulates in different body tissues, according to a new study from pharmacy researchers the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Published
04 March 2016
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Study: HIV can hide and grow in 'sanctuaries' in body after it's undetectable in blood

The latest study appears to show a different type of "sanctuary," as the researchers called it, harboring cells with low levels of HIV replication that move into the blood. This suggests that virus growth could occur in a place where drug concentrations are very low.

Published
28 January 2016
From
Washington Post
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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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