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  • Program Succeeds at Better Keeping People With HIV in Medical Care

    A program designed to rate the rate of HIV-positive people who stay in routine medical care has succeeded, and at a cost deemed reasonable.

    15 April 2015 | AIDSMeds
  • Lawsuit Claims AHF Defrauds Federal Programs of $20M a Year

    In a whistleblower lawsuit, three ex-employees of AIDS Healthcare Foundation allege that AHF is guilty of illegal patient-referral kickbacks.

    09 April 2015 | Poz magazine news
  • CDC leading new efforts to fight HIV among gay, bisexual men and transgender people

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lead new programs totaling more than $185 million in HIV prevention funding for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people, with a particular focus on addressing the needs of MSM of color. Up to $125 million will help state and local health departments expand the use of two new, powerful HIV prevention strategies: pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and engaging more people in HIV care.

    07 April 2015 | CDC press release
  • 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 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
  • CROI 2015: Trial to evaluate the use of health navigators to link HIV/TB patients to care and treatment fails to show positive results

    Patients randomized to the support of a health navigator were not more likely than those who received standard of care to complete tuberculosis treatment or begin antiretroviral therapy within three months of HIV diagnosis, according to the results of a South African randomized trial presented here today.

    26 February 2015 | Science Speaks
  • 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
  • Study: Door-to-door campaign linked hepatitis C patients to care

    Working on the streets in medically underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods, members of the Do One Thing program have been able to identify residents chronically infected with hepatitis C and help them overcome the hurdles that prevent people from being cured, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

    16 February 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Bending the Curve: Can New York End Its AIDS Epidemic?

    In June of 2014, New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo committed to the NYS Plan to End AIDS. The plan offers great hope and makes HIV once again an important public health priority. But phrases like "the end of AIDS" must be met with pause. To have any chance of success, any plan will require major efforts by multiple sectors of society.

    08 January 2015 | The Body
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