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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.

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4 hours ago
From
HIV i-Base
WHO Advances Research and Development Financing Effort; Global R&D Observatory To Launch In January

World Health Organization members in committee this week took note of a report by the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG), which was set up to find ways to fund research on diseases afflicting poor populations which have little market incentive for the private sector. The report included a proposal for a voluntary pooled fund that would focus on the development of effective and affordable health technologies for such neglected diseases.

Published
26 May 2015
From
Intellectual Property Watch
Africa's health centre at the frontline of HIV research

The Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies sits in the HIV capital of the world. The sleek modern building, rising out of an otherwise rustic setting near Mtubatuba in South Africa, attracts world-class researchers looking to wage war against the resilient virus.

Published
26 May 2015
From
The Guardian
Tense debate over ethics of trial on link between HIV, contraception

Thus far, most evidence pertaining to the use of Depo-Provera and the risk of HIV-infection come from observational studies, which can reveal whether two factors are associated with each other, but cannot determine whether one is causing the other to occur. Given this limitation, some scholars are looking to develop a randomised controlled trial, an experimental study that is better at determining cause and effect.

Published
01 May 2015
From
Mail & Guardian
Many people living with HIV willing to take part in cure research, despite its risks

There is a strong interest among people living with HIV in studies towards an HIV cure, with many potential participants willing to consider antiretroviral treatment interruption. Respondents

Published
24 April 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Women in PrEP trial feared they would have to leave study if they reported low adherence

Post-study interviews and computer questionnaires conducted with former participants in a trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that reported zero effectiveness show that participants concealed their low adherence to

Published
10 April 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Sheena McCormack: helping to prepare the world for PrEP

As a clinician who has witnessed the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic since the 1980s, Sheena McCormack is enthusiastic about her latest project, the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) PROUD study. As lead investigator, she has been investigating the effect of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to protect against HIV infection in high-risk men who have sex with men (MSM). PROUD has shown that PrEP reduces new HIV infections by 86%.

Published
28 March 2015
From
The Lancet
'Give HIV drugs to healthy gay men'

Healthy gay men should be offered daily HIV drugs to prevent infections, say UK Medical Research Council and Public Health England scientists. Their study, on 545 high-risk men, found one case of HIV could be stopped for every 13 men treated for a year. The research team says it would be similar to the pill for women and would not encourage risky sex. The findings have been described as a "game changer" and the NHS is considering how to adopt them.

Published
25 February 2015
From
BBC News
The Search for a Permanent Alternative to HIV Drugs

Researchers Carefully Tailor a Study to Find Patients to Test Going Off Antiretroviral Medication

Published
16 February 2015
From
Wall Street Journal
VOICE trial: Microbicide gel may have stopped two out of three HIV infections – in the women who used it

The final published paper on the VOICE trial in women in three African countries mainly reinforces what conference presentations have already shown: this ambitious trial failed to

Published
09 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
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