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Study: Give ARVs After Male Circumcision

Male circumcision has been proven to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. But a new study shows that in the short-term, the surgical technique could actually increase the risk of infection for female partners unless precautions are taken. The researchers therefore recommended that men be placed on antiretroviral therapy at the time of circumcision.

Published
29 April 2015
From
Voice of America
How San Francisco plans to 'get to zero' new infections of HIV

An ambitious new plan in San Francisco aims to completely end the transmission of HIV, which infects about 50,000 people every year nationwide. In a city where huge strides have already been made in battling the epidemic, public health officials, doctors and activists are increasing their efforts to bring the number of new HIV infections down to zero.

Published
13 April 2015
From
PBS NewsHour
Still refusing to date HIV+ guys? Here’s why you could be putting your health at risk

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why arguments for not having sex with gay men who are HIV positive make little sense – and could actually pose a danger for those who are HIV negative

Published
09 April 2015
From
Gaystar News
HIV prevention within serodiscordant couples: A changing paradigm

Serodiscordant couples (where one partner is HIV negative and the other is HIV positive) are often thought to be at “high risk” of HIV transmission. However, new understandings of the biology of HIV transmission and the emergence of new HIV prevention options mean that the HIV transmission risk within these couples can be reduced to very low, even negligible levels.

Published
07 April 2015
From
CATIE
Vatican adopts HIV/AIDS treatment model developed in BC

Dr. Montaner said he had a “brief and very pleasant” meeting with the Pope during a “greeting line” at the Vatican on March 11. He also spent several hours with the Catholic church’s equivalent of a minister of health and a minister of justice, who plan to use his method, called treatment as prevention (TasP), in a pilot program that could involve 140,000 patients in Tanzania.

Published
20 March 2015
From
The Globe and Mail
The State of HIV/AIDS Science and Treatment Literacy in the HIV/AIDS Workforce

This survey yields some disturbing findings. Overall, the HIV science and treatment knowledge of the HIV/AIDS workforce is far too low. In many cases, people working in HIV/AIDS appear to doubt the science behind breakthrough biomedical tools for HIV prevention, and far too many members of the workforce are not familiar with many of the bio-medical interventions that will play a critical role in ending the epidemic.

Published
18 March 2015
From
Black AIDS Institute
US: A Near-Failing Science Grade for the Non-Medical HIV Workforce

On average, the survey respondents answered just 63 percent of the questions correctly, including 76 percent of those covering basic knowledge and terminology, 56 percent of the HIV treatment questions, and 46 percent of those on the use of ARVs to prevent transmission of the virus. Only 19 percent of the respondents scored 80 percent or higher on the test.

Published
18 March 2015
From
AIDSMeds
New Model Finds HIV Acute-Phase Infectivity May be Lower Than Previously thought

Previous calculations may have overestimated the importance of HIV transmission from recently infected individuals ("acute-phase infectivity") in driving HIV epidemics, according to an article published by Steve Bellan of the University of Texas at Austin and colleagues in this week's PLOS Medicine. The lower estimates of acute phase infectivity suggest that recently infected individuals--who have not had the chance to start antiretroviral treatment--although still more infectious on average than those in the chronic stage of infection, are not as likely to infect others as was previously thought.

Published
18 March 2015
From
Infection Control Today
New York City Gets Its HIV Act Together

High proportions of New York City residents with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are being diagnosed, receiving care, and seeing their serum viral load plummet to undetectable levels, city health officials reported here.

Published
02 March 2015
From
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
UNAIDS welcomes further evidence of the efficacy of antiretroviral medicines in preventing new HIV infections

UNAIDS strongly welcomes results from scientific trials presented at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), held in Seattle, United States of America.

Published
27 February 2015
From
UNAIDS
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