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  • NHS England announces annual investment decisions for certain specialised services [including HIV treatment as prevention]

    NHS England has today (2 July) set out its planned investment decisions for certain specialised services as part of its annual commissioning round.

    12 hours ago | NHS England press release
  • START Making Sense

    The story of the START trial will continue to be told for a long time to come. For some it will be a tale of rigorous perseverance in the face of strong counter-prevailing headwinds and ultimate arrival at a result that is solid and conclusive. Others will see a single-minded and aggressive defense of a trial by investigators who refused to accept not only the obvious but also the evidence that rendered their design obsolete and even unethical.

    19 June 2015 | North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center
  • More men test and treat early for HIV, but fear and stigma remain barriers

    Men who have recently tested positive for HIV are more comfortable with the idea of committing to a treatment regimen soon after diagnosis than they were a few years ago, suggest results presented in the latest HIV Seroconverstion Study Report, released today by the Kirby Institute at UNSW Australia.

    12 June 2015 | Kirby Institute
  • When to START has never been clearer

    Posirtive Lite editor Bob Leahy in conversation with CATIE’s Sean Hosein about START, the important and ground-breaking study that recently provided definitive evidence of the health benefits of starting HIV treatment sooner rather than later.

    10 June 2015 | Positive Lite
  • Gender difference in vital cell count of HIV patients

    Male HIV patients in rural South Africa reach the low immunity levels required to become eligible for antiretroviral treatment in less than half the time it takes for immunity levels to drop to similar levels in women, according to new research. Researchers also found a link between potential proxy measures of nutritional status and disease progression, with those reporting food shortages and use of nutritional supplements reaching lower levels of immunity faster.

    10 June 2015 | Science Daily
  • Early HIV Treatment Is Essential, But So Is Testing And Linkage To Care

    Last week’s announcement of the Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment (START) trial results confirms what many experts have long believed — early treatment for HIV reduces illness and death. While START further establishes the vital role of early antiretroviral therapy (ART), many questions remain on how to actually bring the life-saving benefits of treatment to individual patients.

    05 June 2015 | Health Affairs (blog)
  • New START Data Fill in When to Start ART, Now the Question is How

    It's critical to recognize that figuring out when to start is only part of the puzzle. The question of how to start is equally critical and isn’t going to be settled by any randomized trial. The how concerns the environment in which individuals are offered treatment, the services that are part of that offer—peer support, community-based refills, non-biased provider care, among others—and the ways that the decision to start is framed.

    29 May 2015 | AVAC
  • START findings highlight treatment divide

    The START data show that basing treatment initiation on immune cell count is a form of rationing. But whether, how soon, and even how the findings will change clinical practice is another question.

    28 May 2015 | Science Speaks
  • UNAIDS welcomes further evidence that starting antiretroviral therapy early saves lives

    “Every person living with HIV should have immediate access to life-saving antiretroviral therapy,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Delaying access to HIV treatment under any pretext is denying the right to health.”

    28 May 2015 | UNAIDS
  • i-Base Q&A on the START study results

    On 27 May 2015, early results showed that the early treatment group did better. One of the surprises is that even at very high CD4 counts, treatment reduces the risk of HIV related illnesses.

    28 May 2015 | HIV i-Base
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