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Preventing bad reporting on health research

Academics should be made accountable for exaggerations in press releases about their own work

Published
10 December 2014
From
BMJ
Sophisticated HIV diagnostics adapted for remote areas

Diagnosing HIV and other infectious diseases presents unique challenges in remote locations that lack electric power, refrigeration, and appropriately trained health care staff. To address these issues, researchers have developed a low-cost, electricity-free device capable of detecting the DNA of infectious pathogens, including HIV-1.

Published
10 December 2014
From
Science Daily
HIV-infected adults diagnosed with age-related diseases at similar ages as uninfected adults

HIV-infected adults are at a higher risk for developing heart attacks, kidney failure and cancer. But, contrary to what many had believed, the researchers say these illnesses are occurring at similar ages as adults who are not infected with HIV.

Published
10 December 2014
From
Science Daily
Is HIV Weakening Over Time?

There has been an explosion of media stories positing that the virulence of HIV is decreasing and that the virus is evolving into a “milder form." But the study prompting the coverage relies primarily on laboratory measurements of HIV replication capacity, despite the fact that a prior publication—by several of the same authors—reports that results from this test do not predict the rate of CD4 T cell decline over time.

Published
03 December 2014
From
TAG
Starting HIV Meds Within a Year of Infection Helps Restore CD4s

Beginning treatment for HIV within a year of infection improves the likelihood of returning an individual’s CD4 count to a normal level.

Published
03 December 2014
From
AIDSMeds
CDC Analyzes Impediments to Viral Suppression in People With HIV

The CDC has reframed the HIV treatment cascade figures to highlight the various reasons why only 30 percent of Americans have a fully suppressed virus.

Published
03 December 2014
From
POZ
Leaving it late: why are people still dying from HIV in the UK?

People whose HIV infection is diagnosed late have a ten-fold increased risk of dying within the first year of diagnosis compared to those diagnosed early. And it’s estimated that someone who is diagnosed very late with HIV has a life expectancy at least 10 years shorter than someone who starts treatment earlier.

Published
02 December 2014
From
Public Health England blog
WHO: Guidelines on post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV and the use of co-trimoxazole prophylaxis for HIV-related infections among adults, adolescents and children

Recommendations for a public health approach - December 2014 supplement to the 2013 consolidated ARV guidelines.

Published
02 December 2014
From
World Health Organization
Does ‘treat’ always follow ‘test’? Why some people do not want HIV treatment

In South Africa, only one third of individuals living with HIV are actually on treatment. Treatment refusal has been identified as a phenomenon among people who are asymptomatic, however, factors driving refusal remain poorly understood.

Published
01 December 2014
From
UNAIDS Science Now
ARV supply issues cause treatment interruptions in a UK clinic

We have been told of ARV stock-outs that resulted in patients having to interrupt HIV medication due to problems in drug supply. It is difficult to understand why a UK clinic would allow problems to develop to the point that this happened not just once, but several times.

Published
01 December 2014
From
HIV i-Base

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