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Targeting HIV in semen to shut down AIDS

There may be two new ways to fight AIDS -- using a heat shock protein or a small molecule -- to attack fibrils in semen associated with HIV during the initial phases of infection. HIV is most commonly transmitted in semen, which contains amyloid fibrils. These can increase the transmission of HIV by helping the it attach to the membrane surrounding human cells.

Published
18 August 2015
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Study suggests Ontario nearing U.N. targets to help end AIDS epidemic

In a study published today in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Dr. Sean B. Rourke found that in 2011, 87.3 per cent of people in the Ontario study were receiving care (defined as having had one viral load test measuring amount of HIV virus in the blood in the previous year), 77 per cent were on antiretroviral treatment and 76 per cent had a suppressed viral load.

Published
18 August 2015
From
St Michael's Hospital press release
Preventing HIV - new approaches to an ongoing problem

Effective treatment and effective prevention are two sides of the same coin. Ensuring that HIV remains a priority while delivering a joined up, collaborative approach to HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care is essential across national and local health systems if the best is to be achieved for the individual and the public.

Published
12 August 2015
From
Public Health England blog
New study shows increased accessibility to methadone treatment through primary care decreases spread of HIV

As British Columbia’s methadone maintenance program comes under provincial review, a new study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) highlights major benefits of methadone in Vancouver. The study, published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet HIV shows a link between increased access to methadone for injection drug users and a decrease in the spread of HIV in this population.

Published
11 August 2015
From
British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
We can eliminate HIV by 2030. Regular testing is a crucial part of the solution

The big announcement out of the Aids conference in Vancouver last month was that early treatment of HIV is better than delayed treatment, with half the rate of death and complications. When I was discussing it with a patient shortly after, he was surprised that this counted as news. My patient’s surprise was understandable. Current guidelines recommend early treatment, even though we didn’t have the proof. Now we have it, and this long-awaited evidence tells us more than how to treat individual patients, like the ones I work with as an HIV specialist. It tells us it’s time to talk about eliminating the virus altogether. We can do this by making annual HIV testing a standard practice.

Published
10 August 2015
From
The Guardian
San Francisco Sees Declines in New HIV Infections and Deaths of People with HIV

Experts agree that the decline in new infections is due to a combination of factors including widespread testing, early antiretroviral therapy (ART), and possibly pre-exposure prophylaxis -- although PrEP is probably too recent to have had a substantial effect yet.

Published
17 July 2015
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
People with HIV live almost 20 years longer than in 2001

People living with the HIV virus today can expect to live nearly two decades longer than those who were diagnosed at the start of this century, thanks to cheaper and more readily available antiretroviral drugs, the UN said in a major report on a disease once seen by many as a death sentence to be endured in secrecy. The average HIV-positive person is now expected to live for 55 years – 19 years longer than in 2001, according to the report by the UN’s Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAids).

Published
14 July 2015
From
The Guardian
Serosorting in the Age of PrEP

Josh Kruger writes: In the past, HIV+ and HIV- men often sought partners of the same status. Is it still, or was it ever, necessary? Sometimes, I’ll hear HIV-positive people talk about how the best way they can prevent HIV is to only date or have sex with other HIV-positive people. I can understand this line of thinking; I used to hold the same sentiment. Still, the longer that I live with HIV, and the more advances I see being made in science, I think we need to scrap this idea altogether.

Published
09 July 2015
From
The Advocate
NHS England announces annual investment decisions for certain specialised services [including HIV treatment as prevention]

NHS England has today (2 July) set out its planned investment decisions for certain specialised services as part of its annual commissioning round.

Published
03 July 2015
From
NHS England press release
Washington DC sees 'remarkable' drop in number of newly reported HIV cases

The number of newly diagnosed cases of HIV and the deaths related to the illness continued to drop in the District of Columbia in 2013, although overall prevalence of the virus remained at epidemic levels, according to data released Tuesday by the city.

Published
02 July 2015
From
Washington Post
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