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  • Dolutegravir and Truimeq approved in England: London guidelines updated

    On 14 January 2015, NHS England published the long awaited policy on dolutegravir and the fixed dose combination (FDC) of dolutegravir/abacavir/3TC (Triumeq). The London prescribing guidelines for first-line therapy have also been updated to include dolutegravir and Triumeq.

    14 January 2015 | HIV i-Base
  • Study uncovers new ground about when to start HIV therapy

    A major question that has recurred since the availability of potent combination anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) is when this therapy should be initiated to ensure the optimal health of HIV-positive people. New research has revealed that early therapy may be highly beneficial.

    13 January 2015 | CATIE
  • Dolutegravir/abacavir/lamivudine: considerable added benefit for treatment-naive adults with HIV

    Since September 2014, the fixed-dose combination of dolutegravir/abacavir/lamivudine (trade name Triumeq) has been approved for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected adults and adolescents above 12 years of age. The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), which had already assessed a dossier on dolutegravir in spring 2014, now examined in another dossier assessment whether the drug combination also offers an added benefit over the appropriate comparator therapy.

    12 January 2015 | The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care
  • First Year After HIV Infection Is Key Window for Treatment Start

    Waiting to start HIV treatment until 12 months after the estimated date of seroconversion decreases the likelihood of restoring the immune system.

    07 January 2015 | AIDSMeds
  • How San Francisco Is Getting to Zero On HIV

    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
  • Starting HIV Meds Within a Year of Infection Helps Restore CD4s

    Beginning treatment for HIV within a year of infection improves the likelihood of returning an individual’s CD4 count to a normal level.

    03 December 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • CDC Analyzes Impediments to Viral Suppression in People With HIV

    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
  • Does ‘treat’ always follow ‘test’? Why some people do not want HIV treatment

    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
  • IRIS uncommon when ART starts in 96,000-person EuropeUS study

    Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) appears to be rare when antiretroviral-naive adults in Europe and the United States start ART, with the possible exception of mycobacterial infections.

    01 December 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • Only three in 10 Americans have HIV under control: government report

    Just 30 percent of Americans living with HIV have the virus in check, putting others at risk of infection, U.S. health officials said yesterday. The report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 840,000 of the 1.2 million people infected with HIV in 2011 were not consistently taking anti-HIV drugs that keep the virus suppressed at very low levels.

    26 November 2014 | Reuters
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