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Can high-dose dolutegravir be a rescue therapy?

A small study in Italy found that high doses of the powerful integrase inhibitor dolutegravir (Tivicay, and also found in Juluca and Triumeq) can be used as a key part of rescue therapy for people with HIV that has extensive drug resistance to treatment. When doctors doubled the dose typically prescribed for treatment-experienced people to 100 mg twice daily, they found that high-dose dolutegravir was well absorbed with no occurrence of neuropsychiatric or serious side effects.

Published
12 March 2019
From
CATIE
Should we be concerned some gay men are buying antibiotics online for STIs?

A leading online provider of PrEP also sells the antibiotic doxycycline - but why are people buying it and why are health organizations concerned?

Published
28 December 2018
From
Gay Star News
Resistance to second-line ARTs increasing in South Africa

An increasing number of HIV patients in the Western Cape and other parts of South Africa are experiencing resistance to second-line antiretroviral therapy (ART). The Star reports that this was revealed by the fifth South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey conducted last year by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). The survey found resistance to ARVs in 27.4% of the respondents who were not virally suppressed.

Published
14 December 2018
From
Medical Brief
Uganda:15 Percent HIV-Positive Ugandans Resistant to Drugs - Report

Nearly two in every 10 people living with HIV in Uganda are resistant to antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs, according to findings in a study report that Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) released yesterday. This, the researchers said, requires them to switch to more expensive and scarce medicines.

Published
13 September 2018
From
AllAfrica
Ibalizumab Provides New Option for Patients with Multidrug-Resistant HIV

A newly published phase 3 study of patients with multidrug-resistant (MDR) HIV shows that ibalizumab can be a safe and effective option for patients with limited other avenues of treatment.

Published
23 August 2018
From
MD Magazine
New HIV therapy reduces virus, boosts immunity in drug-resistant patients

Ibaluzimab, a CD4 receptor inhibitor and the first monoclonal antibody developed as an anti-HIV drug, was approved for treatment in the US for people with multiply drug-resistant HIV (MDR-HIV) last February. In the results of a phase III study published today, 83% of a group of patients with MDR-HIV achieved an undetectable viral load on ibaluzimab and 50% maintained this over six months. Details of this and another phase III study will be presented later htis year.

Published
16 August 2018
From
Science Daily
Reported 'PrEP Failure' in Thailand May Be a Missed Acute HIV Infection: Here's What You Need to Know

The Infectious Diseases Society of America reported on June 29, 2018, that a new HIV acquisition had been found in a person using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). According to the journal article, a 28-year-old cisgender male in Thailand began using PrEP on March 16, 2016, after being verified HIV negative by a third generation antibody test. However the third generation antibody test available in this case has a window period of three to 12 weeks, with 3% of the population still testing HIV negative after 12 weeks. This is why clinical testing sites use RNA testing whenever possible, as the RNA test from May 13 did show positive for HIV while the third generation antibody test on the same day showed HIV negative.

Published
17 July 2018
From
TheBody PRO
Low CD4 count in patients with HIV prolongs influenza viral shedding

HIV-infected individuals with a low CD4 count experienced a longer duration of influenza virus shedding, according to findings published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Published
11 June 2018
From
Healio itj+ (requires free registration)
Computer Models Are Changing How We Craft HIV-AIDS Policies

A computer modeling of AIDS-affected populations of sub-Saharan Africa has recently enabled the World Health Organization (WHO) to identify a cost-effective measure to address the increasing prevalence of drug-resistant HIV in the region.

Published
04 May 2018
From
Healthcare Analytics News
World Health Organization Debunks Reports of New HIV Strain

Respected world agencies are downplaying initial reports of a new strain of HIV found in the Philippines. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have both released statements that soundly reject recent initial media reports that warned their readers of a new, untreatable strain of HIV that has been identified in certain areas.

Published
13 April 2018
From
HIV Plus
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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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