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  • The Day the HIV Treatment Pendulum Stopped Swinging

    Normally at scientific conferences, even when study findings are considered to be major, a single researcher stands at a podium for 10 or 15 minutes, takes the audience on a guided PowerPoint tour of charts and graphs, receives a round of applause, and fields a few questions. Then the session moves on to its next topic. The presentation of the START findings was different.

    23 July 2015 | The Body Pro
  • People with HIV live almost 20 years longer than in 2001

    People living with the HIV virus today can expect to live nearly two decades longer than those who were diagnosed at the start of this century, thanks to cheaper and more readily available antiretroviral drugs, the UN said in a major report on a disease once seen by many as a death sentence to be endured in secrecy. The average HIV-positive person is now expected to live for 55 years – 19 years longer than in 2001, according to the report by the UN’s Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAids).

    14 July 2015 | The Guardian
  • 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.

    03 July 2015 | 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
  • 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
  • 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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