A new study shows that many patients infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) are lost during different stages of health care to manage the disease. This real-life' view of the HCV patient care continuum in a major U.S. urban area highlights the importance of generating awareness among clinicians and at-risk groups about appropriate HCV testing, referral, support and care.
16 hours ago | Eurekalert Inf Dis
Mention gender inequality in AIDS and the fact that more women than men live with HIV pops up. But another, rarely spoken about gendered difference is proving lethal to men with HIV. Research reveals that, across Africa, men have lower rates of HIV testing, enrollment on antiretroviral treatment, adherence, viral load suppression and survival, than women.
15 December 2014 | Inter Press Service
San Francisco is already making progress when it comes to HIV prevention, treatment and retention. In 2006, San Francisco had 517 new HIV cases; by 2013, that number dropped to 359, a 30 percent decrease. The number of deaths almost halved between 2006 and 2013, going from 327 to 182. Additionally, compared to the United States, San Francisco is faring better in multiple aspects of the HIV care continuum: in 2012, 82 percent of HIV positive individuals in the U.S. were aware of their status; in San Francisco, that number was 94 percent.
11 December 2014 | Huffington Post
The CDC has reframed the HIV treatment cascade figures to highlight the various reasons why only 30 percent of Americans have a fully suppressed virus.
03 December 2014 | POZ
In South Africa, only one third of individuals living with HIV are actually on treatment. Treatment refusal has been identified as a phenomenon among people who are asymptomatic, however, factors driving refusal remain poorly understood.
01 December 2014 | UNAIDS Science Now
While we have made progress in HIV prevention and care, only 30% of all people living with HIV have achieved viral suppression. If people are in HIV medical care, however, 76% of people achieve viral suppression. Getting and keeping people in HIV medical care saves lives.
26 November 2014 | CDC Vital Signs
Despite many efforts to fight racial disparities in HIV rates among men who have sex with men (MSM), black MSM will likely continue to have disproportionately high HIV rates for decades. A modeling analysis projects how varying rates of HIV testing and retention in HIV care would affect racial disparities between black and white MSM.
21 November 2014 | AIDSMeds
Fewer than half of patients who tested HIV-positive at a Johannesburg, South Africa clinic returned to complete eligibility testing for antiretroviral therapy (ART), suggesting that “strategies to reduce attrition from all stages of care are urgently needed,” a new study led by a BU researcher finds.
07 November 2014 | Boston University press release
While making medications free can remove barriers to access for individuals who cannot pay for treatment, data suggest that for most people accessing care in industrialized countries, "making medications available for free or low cost will not solve problems with medication non-adherence," according to a presentation by Kevin Volpp from the University of Pennsylvania last week at IDWeek 2014 in Philadelphia.
16 October 2014 | HIVandHepatitis.com
In recent years, I have had many misgivings about the state of the AIDS response. I have watched with growing disquiet as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has published its global report on the state of AIDS each year, increasingly taking on the voice of a cheerleader, applauding country efforts, commending progress and being the bearer of good news.
15 October 2014 | International HIV / AIDS Alliance