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Single measures of viral load not effective for assessing HIV suppression status

The percentage of HIV-positive individuals with durable viral suppression may be overestimated when calculated by single measures of viral load, according to findings published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Published
08 August 2017
From
Healio
Viral Rebound Unlikely for Many on ART

British investigators have determined that a substantial proportion of people with HIV who are taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) will not experience viral rebound during their lifetime.

Published
14 July 2017
From
Infectious Disease Special Edition
HIV viral load testing capacities progress, require global support, multiple partners to reach 90-90-90 goals

Four of seven sub-Saharan African countries followed by researchers over the last year and a half now can track the effectiveness of HIV treatment among all patients receiving it with tests to measure the levels of virus in their bodies at least once a year, according to an update in last week’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Published
06 December 2016
From
Science Speaks
If at First an HIV Viral Load Blips, Test, Test (the Same Sample) Again

If an HIV-positive patient's viral load test results come back between 50 copies/mL and 200 copies/mL, consider retesting the same blood sample, Joseph Eron Jr., M.D., suggests. According to study results he presented at IDWeek 2016 on Oct. 28, the new test result may well show a viral load below 50 copies m/L, potentially altering the choices a clinician makes of how to approach that patient's care.

Published
09 November 2016
From
The Body Pro
HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO

A shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection, warn experts from the World Health Organization.

Published
24 August 2016
From
BBC Health
MSF Report - Making Viral Load Routine

Based on a survey performed across ten MSF supported ART sites and seven viral load testing laboratories in February 2016, “Making viral load routine” aims to share practical lessons from the field with Ministries of Health and implementing partners. The report reflects both on the programmatic strategies required within the clinic (for clinicians, counsellors and patients) and the realities of both setting up and keeping a viral load testing laboratory functional in such settings.

Published
12 July 2016
From
MSF
HIV and drug resistance

A recent study found more resistance to the antiretroviral medicine tenofovir than had previously been reported, with 20% resistance to tenofovir in patients with treatment failure in Europe and over 50% resistance in patients with treatment failure in sub-Saharan Africa... The study underlines the importance of rapidly identifying treatment failure through routine measurement of viral load suppression—this is the basis of the third pillar of UNAIDS’ 90–90–90 treatment target, that 90% of people accessing HIV treatment have suppressed viral loads.

Published
09 February 2016
From
UNAIDS
Malawi: Govt Launches HIV Viral Load Scale Up Strategic Implementation Plan

Government on Wednesday launched the Viral Load scale Up Strategic Implementation Plan for the years 2015 to 2018.

Published
19 January 2016
From
AllAfrica
Undetectable & Low-level HIV Viral Replication

Even people who are adherent to their medication regimens may experience occasional “blips” in their viral loads, experience viral rebound or maintain a steady, if low, viral load above undetectable levels. To understand why some people struggle to achieve or remain undetectable, we spoke with Keith Henry, MD, an HIV specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center who has more than 25 years of experience caring for people with HIV.

Published
06 January 2016
From
BETA blog
Routine viral load tests must be accessible for all

In Zambia, on 30 October, hundreds of people marched as part of a new campaign calling on African governments to make viral load tests routinely available to all citizens living with HIV. The campaign Be Healthy – Know your viral load was launched in Lusaka, and people living with HIV, treatment advocates and representatives from the participating countries* took part in a march which was flagged off by George Nyendwa, Mayor of Lusaka.

Published
10 November 2015
From
Key Correspondents
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

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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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