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  • Next-Generation HIV and Hep C Treatment Plans Ahead at CROI

    New research on the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C will dominate the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2015, which this year adds a special session on Ebola.

    13 February 2015 | Medscape (free registration required)
  • Dutrebis, New HIV Drug, Approved by FDA, but Not Commercially Available

    The new combination contains 150 mg of lamivudine (3TC, Epivir) and 300 mg of raltegravir (Isentress). Despite the FDA approval, the drug manufacturer, Merck Pharmaceuticals, announced that they would not be making Dutrebis commercially available in the U.S. at this time.

    11 February 2015 | The Body Pro
  • CROI 2015 Preview: New Research on HIV, Hepatitis C and Ebola

    It's the beginning of the year, which means another Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) is upon us. This year's CROI takes place in Seattle and should prove to be another exciting conference as new research is presented.

    11 February 2015 | The Body Pro
  • US: A Call for Improved HIV-Related Scientific Literacy on the Front Lines

    Poor scientific literacy among non-medical members of the HIV-related workforce must be addressed in order to better fight the epidemic. Many workers are unfamiliar with biomedical prevention of HIV—using antiretrovirals to reduce the risk of HIV transmission—and don’t know enough about how and when such an intervention should be used.

    10 February 2015 | AIDSMeds
  • Déjà Vu – Claims of HIV Cures and Re-Treading Old Ground

    A few days ago while in Abuja, I was surprised to hear the news presenter announce that a Federal High Court had “lifted the ban” on Dr Abalaka’s “vaccine” against HIV. I was struck by a number of things – an abiding discomfort at the quality of reporting on science and health matters in the Nigerian media; a sense of guilt that, in failing to tell our stories, younger Nigerians are at risk of repeating missteps of the past; and a fear that many, misled by the news item, may put their lives at risk.

    28 January 2015 | Nigeria Health Watch
  • Why scientific AIDS explanations struggle in townships

    HIV/AIDS educators often seem to enjoy raising an eyebrow at outlandish beliefs over the disease. But in doing so they fail to realise that the joke is on them – these ideas continue to hold sway despite their best efforts.

    26 January 2015 | Africa Check
  • Bill Gates Predicts Two Miracles for AIDS Relief by 2030

    Bill Gates said he expects a pair of advances by 2030 that will eliminate most of the damage from AIDS. Improved treatment and the development of a vaccine to prevent new infections are the “two miracles” needed to help turn the tide, the billionaire said Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    26 January 2015 | Bloomberg
  • Merck (MRK) Receives Positive CHMP Opinion for Dutrebis as HIV 1 Treatment

    On 22 January 2015, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorization for the medicinal product Dutrebis, 150 mg lamivudine/300 mg raltegravir, film-coated tablet intended for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV 1) infection in adults, adolescents, and children.

    26 January 2015 | Street Insider
  • Low CD4 count, suboptimal HIV treatment linked to higher anal cancer risk

    People with HIV who experienced extensive immune deficiency or who used early antiretroviral drugs before the advent of combination highly-active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in the mid-90s may be at greater risk for developing anal cancer, according to a retrospective analysis published in the January 28 edition of AIDS.

    23 January 2015 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • Exploring possible treatment options after virological failure with raltegravir

    In general, the integrase ihibitors raltegravir and dolutegravir have potent anti-HIV activity and have relatively few interactions with other drugs. However in clinical trials of raltegravir, strains of HIV that can resist raltegravir have emerged in up to 60% of heavily treatment-experienced people, and up to 8% of participants who have never taken HIV drugs before. A study in France of patients who had virologial failure to HIV therapy while taking raltegravir has found that 61% had HIV that was still susceptible to all integrase inhibitors. In cases where HIV was resistant to raltegravir, 14% were also resistant to dolutegravir.

    21 January 2015 | CATIE
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