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  • An HIV treatment journey

    This illustrated leaflet shows the journey a lot of people go on with HIV treatment. However, each person’s situation is different. Your own circumstances may...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Very recent infection

    During the first few weeks after becoming infected with HIV, your body's immune system is working out what HIV is and how to get it...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Antiretroviral drugs chart

    A one-page reference guide to the anti-HIV drugs licensed for use in the European Union, with information on formulation, dosing, key side-effects and food restrictions....

    From: Antiretroviral drugs chart

    Information level Level 1
  • Starting HIV treatment

    It’s better to start HIV treatment sooner, rather than later.Treatment will reduce the risk of HIV transmission, prevent illnesses and extend your life.A range of different antiretroviral...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • My drugs chart

    My drugs chart provides information on all the anti-HIV drugs currently licensed for use in Europe.Select your chosen drugs and drag them onto the area...

    From: My drugs chart

  • Health issues

    If you are ‘HIV positive’ this means that you have a virus called HIV in your body. It doesn’t mean that you are ill, or that...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Recommended first HIV treatment combination

    In the UK, if you are starting HIV treatment for the first time, the recommended treatment is a combination of three drugs. The recommended combination of anti-HIV...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Preparing to start your HIV treatment

    Taking antiretroviral therapy is a long-term commitment. At present, once you start the drugs, you are likely to have to take them for the rest of your...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • When to start treatment

    Until recently, doctors weren’t sure of the best time to start HIV treatment. However in 2015 a large, well-conducted study demonstrated that there are advantages to starting...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV treatment as prevention

    This briefing paper, produced by NAM for HIV Prevention England, describes the scientific evidence for HIV treatment as prevention and considers its implications for the UK....

    From: HIV prevention briefing papers

  • Side-effects

    The booklet provides information about possible side-effects of HIV treatment. ...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2

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  • Guidelines for managing advanced HIV disease and rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy

    The objectives of these guidelines are to provide recommendations outlining a public health approach to managing people presenting with advanced HIV disease, and to provide guidance on the timing of initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all people living with HIV.

    23 July 2017 | World Health Organization
  • Study: 1 in 3 Patients Starts HIV Treatment Late in 10 Countries

    A large team of international researchers has found 30 percent of HIV positive individuals in nearly a dozen countries delay starting life-saving drugs. A study spearheaded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the prevalence of HIV in Haiti, Vietnam, Nigeria, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

    09 June 2017 | Voice of America
  • Gay New Zealand welcomes removal of HIV meds restriction

    The decision of New Zealand's drug regulator Pharmac to remove a restriction on when people newly-diagnosed with HIV can be put on medications will "significantly benefit people newly diagnosed with HIV and those living with HIV as well as efforts to prevent HIV transmission” according to the NZ AIDS Foundation. “New Zealand is one of few countries in the developed world to still have a restriction on treatment access,” the NZAF's Executive Director Jason Myers says. “Early treatment is a fundamental pillar of NZAFs Ending HIV programme."

    08 May 2017 | Gay New Zealand
  • Should Antiretroviral Therapy be Offered the Same Day as Diagnosis?

    Andy Seale summarizes a discussion that took place on ITPC’s listserv about when to initiate antiretroviral therapy. The discussion included consideration of WHO’s recommendation for Same Day Start.

    23 March 2017 | ITPC
  • London doctors on verge of defeating HIV thanks to new programme

    London doctors believe they could be on course to defeat HIV after a dramatic fall in the number of new infections, the Standard can reveal. An early intervention programme imported from San Francisco has seen a 42 per cent reduction in new cases of HIV at 56 Dean Street in Soho, the biggest sexual health clinic in Europe.

    11 January 2017 | London Evening Standard
  • British team studies initiation of treatment shortly after HIV diagnosis

    A team of researchers in London, England, has reviewed the medical records of 113 men whose acute HIV infection was diagnosed at a sexual health clinic. The team found that most of the men (77%) initiated ART at their first clinic visit. Furthermore, they found that 99% of participants had an undetectable viral load within six months of initiating ART.

    21 December 2016 | CATIE
  • Why 2.1 million Indians infected with HIV do not get the drugs they need

    Each of an estimated 2.1 million Indians infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) should be getting a cocktail of drugs to prolong their lives and reduce infections, but no more than 44% do, the minister of health told the Lok Sabha (parliament’s lower house) in April 2016.

    12 September 2016 | Firstpost
  • WHO confirms antiretroviral therapy reduces the risk of life-threatening HIV-related infections

    Adults and children with HIV who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) as early as possible reduce their risk of developing serious HIV-related infections, according to new findings published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases on 15 June 2016.

    22 June 2016 | World Health Organization
  • South Africa moves to ‘test and treat’

    Treasury has allocated an extra R1-billion to finance this “universal test and treat” (UTT) programme, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced during his budget speech in Parliament today.

    16 May 2016 | Health-e News
  • South Africa to adopt WHO’s ‘test and treat’ HIV guidelines

    SA WILL adopt the World Health Organization’s new "test and treat" guidelines for HIV patients in September, enabling people to start treatment as soon as they are diagnosed instead of having to wait until their immune systems weaken, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Tuesday.

    10 May 2016 | Business Day
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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