Hepatitis C symptoms and diagnosis
Washington Post | 15 hours ago
Deaths from the liver disease hepatitis C reached an all-time high in 2014, killing more Americans than HIV, tuberculosis and staph infections. New data released Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more Americans die now as a result of hepatitis C infection than from 60 other infectious diseases combined.
Center for Responsive Politics | 15 hours ago
While patients in Massachusetts await affordable doses of the blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III has financially benefited from the success of the drug’s manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, according to public financial disclosures and campaign finance records.
Hepatitis C treatment
Eurekalert Medicine & Health | 15 hours ago
The survival rate of patients with hepatitis C virus-related cirrhosis who respond well to antiviral therapies equals that of the general population, say investigators in the Journal of Hepatology.
AVAC | 16 hours ago
In this webinar, presenters spoke about PrEP’s use and provision in countries that haven’t yet approved it or who are in the early days post approval. Among others, these presenters from Thailand, South Africa, England, Peru, Mexico and the United States took on the following questions and more:
Men who have sex with men (MSM)
BETA blog | 04 May 2016
Rates of new HIV and STI cases were as high, or higher, among participants than among rates previously found for older age groups, especially for Black and Hispanic young men.
BHIVA / BASHH | 04 May 2016
This second update follows the recent NHS England decision on the commissioning and provision of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention in which they declined to recommend a full roll-out of PrEP but offered £2 million for a small pilot implementation project.
Behaviour change interventions
Bloomberg | 04 May 2016
Researchers have found no benefits from a decade-long attempt to curb the spread of HIV in Africa by promoting abstinence and monogamy. The U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion since 2004 telling young people in Africa to abstain from sex before marriage and then commit to a single partner. That funding didn’t influence the number of sex partners people had, the age at which they started having sex, or teen pregnancy rates, according to a study published on Monday. See http://www.aidsmap.com/page/2949285/
Drug policy and policing
International Drug Policy Consortium | 04 May 2016
The UNGASS was certainly not a success for the defenders of the status quo. The consensus on punitive prohibition has been well and truly ripped apart at the seams. This UNGASS demonstrates the impact civil society pressure can achieve. The drug policy reform movement will continue to grow into a formidable global social movement towards 2019. The collective demand for change will grow ever louder leading to sustainable and seismic break-throughs at national, regional and ultimately UN levels.
Testing policies and guidelines
MD Magazine | 04 May 2016
A test for acute HIV infection should be offered to those who report having symptoms within the last two weeks, not just those experiencing them at the time of testing, a new study suggests. - See more at: http://www.hcplive.com/medical-news/why-were-missing-some-acute-hiv-diagnoses#sthash.9GUFU7Bf.dpuf
Eurekalert Medicine & Health | 04 May 2016
The number of new HIV infections occurring annually in the United States decreased by an estimated 11 percent from 2010 to 2015, while the HIV transmission rate decreased by an estimated 17 percent during the same time period, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania.