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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • US: 91% of HIV Passes From Those Unaware They're Infected or Not in Care

    The research suggests that as individuals make their way through the steps of the treatment cascade, their average risk of transmitting HIV drops off steadily. An estimated 91.5 percent of new HIV transmits from people who do not know they are infected or who are not in medical care for the virus.

    23 February 2015 | AIDSMeds
  • An HIV Doctor Tells You if Serodiscordant Couples Need to Use Condoms

    How should serodiscordant couples show intimacy? Do they need to use condoms to prevent HIV transmission? Is treatment as prevention enough? What about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)? On his personal Tumblr, Joel Gallant, M.D., M.P.H, an HIV doctor at Southwest CARE Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, answers questions from people living with HIV who are concerned about a number of issues, including undetectable viral loads and safer sex practices.

    23 February 2015 | The Body
  • HIV Positive Guys Need To Consider Going On Meds Earlier — ACON

    MORE HIV-positive men need to think about starting treatment straight after diagnosis if ambitious targets to end HIV transmission by 2020 are to be met, the head of New South Wales based LGBTI health body ACON has said. The comments come as the organisation launches a major new sexual health campaign that also aims to clear up confusion surrounding one of the newest buzzwords in the HIV lexicon: "undetectable".

    23 February 2015 | Star Observer
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