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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
What We Know About HIV Transmission Should Influence PrEP Messaging

It is pretty clear that those who are diagnosed with HIV who are in care and on medicine are not spreading the virus. So why do people continue to discuss PrEP solely in the context of having known HIV-positive partners? And in what ways do we still stigmatize people living with HIV in our discussions around PrEP as a tool to bridge the viral divide?

Published
26 February 2015
From
The Body
US: 91% of HIV Passes From Those Unaware They're Infected or Not in Care

The research suggests that as individuals make their way through the steps of the treatment cascade, their average risk of transmitting HIV drops off steadily. An estimated 91.5 percent of new HIV transmits from people who do not know they are infected or who are not in medical care for the virus.

Published
23 February 2015
From
AIDSMeds
An HIV Doctor Tells You if Serodiscordant Couples Need to Use Condoms

How should serodiscordant couples show intimacy? Do they need to use condoms to prevent HIV transmission? Is treatment as prevention enough? What about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)? On his personal Tumblr, Joel Gallant, M.D., M.P.H, an HIV doctor at Southwest CARE Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, answers questions from people living with HIV who are concerned about a number of issues, including undetectable viral loads and safer sex practices.

Published
23 February 2015
From
The Body
HIV Positive Guys Need To Consider Going On Meds Earlier — ACON

MORE HIV-positive men need to think about starting treatment straight after diagnosis if ambitious targets to end HIV transmission by 2020 are to be met, the head of New South Wales based LGBTI health body ACON has said. The comments come as the organisation launches a major new sexual health campaign that also aims to clear up confusion surrounding one of the newest buzzwords in the HIV lexicon: "undetectable".

Published
23 February 2015
From
Star Observer
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