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HIV clinic's hardest battle in treating people is helping them to overcome the social stigma

Jason, who is using a pseudonym, is a heterosexual black man of African heritage. He is typical of the patients seen at the clinic in University Hospital Lewisham. There are 850 patients on the books, more than 50 per cent are heterosexual and most of African origin. Many live on the poverty line and struggle with mental health problems. But the biggest challenge facing the team is the issue of stigma.

Published
17 hours ago
From
Evening Standard
Ten reasons people stop attending HIV care in Zambia

Patient-provider relationships are strained by poor working conditions and rigid application of one-size-fits-all models of care, according to an in-depth investigation of why people with HIV drop

Published
22 hours ago
By
Roger Pebody
Doubt cast on link between tenofovir disoproxil and bone fractures

Treatment with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) does not increase the risk of fractures, according to French research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired

Published
07 December 2018
By
Michael Carter
UCSF HIV Lab Planning to Close

The facility is the second to have a federal contract involving fetal tissue research cancelled.

Published
06 December 2018
From
The Scientist
How dangerous is gonorrhoea resistance and can it be halted?

The bacterium that causes the common sexually transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhoea develops resistance to antibiotics easily, and some cases of multidrug-resistant gonorrhoea, originating from abroad, were reported

Published
06 December 2018
By
Gus Cairns
Open letter from Chinese HIV professionals on human genome editing

As Chinese professionals engaged in HIV research and prevention, we strongly oppose genome editing on healthy human germline cells and embryos for reproductive purposes and HIV prevention.

Published
05 December 2018
From
The Lancet
New BHIVA guidelines on HIV care in pregnancy and after birth

New British HIV Association (BHIVA) guidelines on the management of HIV in pregnancy have been issued this month, emphasising the continuing scientific uncertainty over HIV transmission through

Published
05 December 2018
By
Keith Alcorn
As A Strategy for HIV Prevention, Disabling the CCR5 Gene in Embryos Implanted in HIV-Negative Mothers Makes Zero Sense

Here are a bunch of things we know about HIV prevention. You’ll note that nowhere on this list is anything about preventing HIV in babies born to women who don’t have the virus to begin with — because the babies are not at risk, even if the mother’s male sexual partner has HIV.

Published
03 December 2018
From
NEJM Journal Watch
CD4 count recovery: French study reaffirms why it is important to test and treat HIV early

Seven-in-ten people with HIV taking combined antiretroviral therapy for the first time recover their CD4 cell count to above 500 cells/mm3, French researchers report in AIDS. Having

Published
03 December 2018
By
Alain Volny-Anne
Gene editing won’t help the fight against HIV, understanding one’s risk and prevention options will

Andrew Chidgey says HIV positive men and women can already have HIV negative babies through the use of medication and some well-recognised precautions. This negates the need for gene editing to prevent transmission of HIV and raises ethical questions about a Chinese scientist’s recently announced research.

Published
01 December 2018
From
South China Morning Post
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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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