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  • How San Francisco plans to 'get to zero' new infections of HIV

    An ambitious new plan in San Francisco aims to completely end the transmission of HIV, which infects about 50,000 people every year nationwide. In a city where huge strides have already been made in battling the epidemic, public health officials, doctors and activists are increasing their efforts to bring the number of new HIV infections down to zero.

    13 April 2015 | PBS NewsHour
  • Still refusing to date HIV+ guys? Here’s why you could be putting your health at risk

    Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why arguments for not having sex with gay men who are HIV positive make little sense – and could actually pose a danger for those who are HIV negative

    09 April 2015 | Gaystar News
  • HIV prevention within serodiscordant couples: A changing paradigm

    Serodiscordant couples (where one partner is HIV negative and the other is HIV positive) are often thought to be at “high risk” of HIV transmission. However, new understandings of the biology of HIV transmission and the emergence of new HIV prevention options mean that the HIV transmission risk within these couples can be reduced to very low, even negligible levels.

    07 April 2015 | CATIE
  • Vatican adopts HIV/AIDS treatment model developed in BC

    Dr. Montaner said he had a “brief and very pleasant” meeting with the Pope during a “greeting line” at the Vatican on March 11. He also spent several hours with the Catholic church’s equivalent of a minister of health and a minister of justice, who plan to use his method, called treatment as prevention (TasP), in a pilot program that could involve 140,000 patients in Tanzania.

    20 March 2015 | The Globe and Mail
  • The State of HIV/AIDS Science and Treatment Literacy in the HIV/AIDS Workforce

    This survey yields some disturbing findings. Overall, the HIV science and treatment knowledge of the HIV/AIDS workforce is far too low. In many cases, people working in HIV/AIDS appear to doubt the science behind breakthrough biomedical tools for HIV prevention, and far too many members of the workforce are not familiar with many of the bio-medical interventions that will play a critical role in ending the epidemic.

    18 March 2015 | Black AIDS Institute
  • US: A Near-Failing Science Grade for the Non-Medical HIV Workforce

    On average, the survey respondents answered just 63 percent of the questions correctly, including 76 percent of those covering basic knowledge and terminology, 56 percent of the HIV treatment questions, and 46 percent of those on the use of ARVs to prevent transmission of the virus. Only 19 percent of the respondents scored 80 percent or higher on the test.

    18 March 2015 | AIDSMeds
  • New Model Finds HIV Acute-Phase Infectivity May be Lower Than Previously thought

    Previous calculations may have overestimated the importance of HIV transmission from recently infected individuals ("acute-phase infectivity") in driving HIV epidemics, according to an article published by Steve Bellan of the University of Texas at Austin and colleagues in this week's PLOS Medicine. The lower estimates of acute phase infectivity suggest that recently infected individuals--who have not had the chance to start antiretroviral treatment--although still more infectious on average than those in the chronic stage of infection, are not as likely to infect others as was previously thought.

    18 March 2015 | Infection Control Today
  • New York City Gets Its HIV Act Together

    High proportions of New York City residents with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are being diagnosed, receiving care, and seeing their serum viral load plummet to undetectable levels, city health officials reported here.

    02 March 2015 | MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
  • UNAIDS welcomes further evidence of the efficacy of antiretroviral medicines in preventing new HIV infections

    UNAIDS strongly welcomes results from scientific trials presented at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), held in Seattle, United States of America.

    27 February 2015 | UNAIDS
  • What We Know About HIV Transmission Should Influence PrEP Messaging

    It is pretty clear that those who are diagnosed with HIV who are in care and on medicine are not spreading the virus. So why do people continue to discuss PrEP solely in the context of having known HIV-positive partners? And in what ways do we still stigmatize people living with HIV in our discussions around PrEP as a tool to bridge the viral divide?

    26 February 2015 | The Body
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