Since the first drug for the treatment of
HIV was approved in 1987, there has been a clear need for accurate,
evidence-based information about HIV treatment. Both people with HIV and health
professionals have always needed to know what to expect from drugs,
side-effects and how to take the drugs. Later on, as new drugs have appeared,
reliable information on choosing the appropriate drug regimen has become
monthly newsletter, was created to help people become familiar with their
treatment options and to encourage informed communication between people with
HIV and doctors.
Since the first edition in 1992, HTU has been evolving and changing in
response to the information needs of people with HIV. It has changed its name
(originally AIDS treatment update, or
ATU), changed its design to make it more engaging and easier to read, and been
overseen by several editors. Now in its 208th
edition, HTU continues to bring
the latest developments in treatment to people with HIV and remains a source of
information that thousands of people worldwide rely on to keep them informed.
As you may have read in the
June edition, there are further changes afoot for HTU. After much careful
consideration, balancing up the current funding climate and the results of our
readers’ surveys, HTU is to become a
quarterly publication. Each edition will be expanded and it will also be
published online at the same time as
it is printed. We remain committed to supporting readers in decisions about
their health and the reduced frequency and increased content means we can
continue to deliver this valuable service in these times of austerity.
So, this week, our
subscribers are receiving their final monthly edition of HTU – and it is also available on
our website. You can read it online, download it as a PDF, or use the
‘flipbook’ function to read the PDF online.
This month’s edition
Everything okay down there?
Anal cancer is much more
common (50 times) in gay men with HIV than in the general population. It
is still very rare, but should we be demanding screening – and vaccination? Read
Where next for HIV prevention?
There has been a huge amount
of news on HIV
prevention recently and, in the UK, campaigners and researchers
have been debating what should happen next. Read
Talking to the Lords
NAM’s senior editor, Keith Alcorn, recently gave
evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on HIV and AIDS in the UK. He hopes
they can exert some pressure to revitalise HIV policy. Read on
There is still so much work to do
Silvia Petretti, of Positively
UK, recently spoke at the United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS, in New York. She came back
more convinced than ever of the need for meaningful involvement of people
living with HIV. Read
News in brief
Some of the key news stories
from the past month including:
- HIV drugs may
have caused premature ageing
- Coffee helps
hepatitis C treatment
Read on >>
What is HIV
HIV treatment update focuses on HIV treatment and care news, latest
scientific developments, and wider health, social and legal issues, with a practical
take on what this all means for people living with HIV in the UK. HTU’s editor, Gus
Cairns, regularly invites experts to contribute to the
newsletter on their specialist areas.
How do I get a copy?
HIV treatment update is available free to people personally affected by
HIV. You can subscribe to a free emailed PDF edition wherever you live. If you
live in the UK,
you can choose to have a print edition.
Contact us on 020 7837 6988
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You can browse an archive of
HIV treatment update at www.aidsmap.com/htu.