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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
Toward Comprehensive HIV Prevention Service Delivery in the United States: An Action Plan

This action plan, based primarily on the proceedings of the two consultations, seeks to define a communityfocused national strategy for integrating historically separate HIV prevention interventions and services— many with established positive effects on individual health outcomes—into needs-driven components of population-based care and support programs.

Published
25 June 2015
From
Treatment Action Group
PrEP data links anti-HIV immune response to reduce chance of infection

"The rigor of the placebo-controlled iPrEx trial gave us access to the necessary data and specimens to address that question. What we found was what people have been looking for, for a long time - a correlation between future infection risk and a measureable immune response."

Published
23 June 2015
From
Medical Xpress
A gay’s guide to undetectable

Undetectable Viral Load. It’s a phrase you might have heard a bit recently, with an increased focus on educating HIV positive and negative gay men about what it is, and how it can prevent the spread of HIV. For something that’s been around since 1996 (the same year the Spice Girls released Wannabe, for context) it’s strange we’ve only recently embraced Undetectable Viral Load (UVL) – but HIV is a demanding beast that science, research, and community opinion chases to keep up with. What “undetectable” means to you depends entirely on your HIV status, your sexual behaviour, and your definition of risk. With that in mind, let’s unload…

Published
11 June 2015
From
Gay News Network, Australia
A gay's guide to undetectable

What “undetectable viral load” means to you depends entirely on your HIV status, your sexual behaviour, and your definition of risk. With that in mind, let’s unload…

Published
05 June 2015
From
Gay News Network
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
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