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Prevalence of drug-resistant HIV has fallen dramatically among antiretroviral-experienced patients in Western Europe

There has been a significant fall in the proportion of HIV-positive people in Western Europe with experience of HIV treatment who have resistance to antiretroviral

Published
22 January 2013
By
Michael Carter
BHIVA and EAGA position statement on the use of antiretroviral therapy to reduce HIV transmission: January 2013

The UK Department of Health, in collaboration with the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS and the British HIV Association, has issued a definitive statement on the potential of antiretroviral therapy to reduce HIV infectiousness and transmission. It says that the risk of transmission from a person with a fully-suppressed viral load in the absence of STIs is "extremely low" and advises physicians to discuss this with all patients.

Published
22 January 2013
From
Department of Health
Researchers show how cells' DNA repair machinery can destroy viruses

A team of researchers based at Johns Hopkins has decoded a system that makes certain types of immune cells impervious to HIV infection.

Published
22 January 2013
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Large study shows the hepatic safety of HIV therapy

Results from a large study published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases provide reassurance about the hepatic safety of antiretroviral drugs. Investigators from the D:A:D study

Published
22 January 2013
By
Michael Carter
European Commission Approves PREZISTA® (Darunavir) 800mg Tablet Once A Day

Janssen R&D Ireland has announced that the European Commission (EC) has approved a new PREZISTA(R) (darunavir) 800mg tablet allowing people living with HIV to take one darunavir tablet once a day.

Published
18 January 2013
From
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
Reaction to BBC reporting on generic ARVs

Yesterday the BBC issued a misleading news report on the efficacy of generic antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) suggesting that generic ARVs are less efficacious than branded alternatives. The report, based upon a study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Weill Cornell Medical College investigators, fails to separate the issues of ‘treatment efficacy’ and ‘adherence’ leading to distorted and alarmist conclusions.

Published
17 January 2013
From
Stop AIDS Campaign
Reviews Show Little Evidence Of Widespread Efficacy Of Mobile Health Interventions

Mobile phone technology is frequently heralded as a solution to many health challenges facing the developing world, but two systematic reviews have found that evidence to back such claims is still largely non-existent.

Published
17 January 2013
From
Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report
Médecins Sans Frontières addresses study by Massachusetts General Hospital on implications of switching from branded to generic antiretrovirals for HIV

The just-released study stating that switching patients from the branded combination antiretroviral ‘Atripla’ to generics could be therapeutically ‘less effective’ is misleading and misses a big part of the picture. The harmful role played by patents in blocking the use of quality-assured generic combination drugs is overlooked. The article further conflates evidence that single-pill "fixed-dose combination" HIV drugs lead to better treatment outcomes with the false notion that generic medicines themselves may lead to worse outcomes.

Published
17 January 2013
From
MSF / EATG
Early HIV drugs 'slow virus down'

Giving a patient HIV drugs as soon as they are diagnosed could be the future of treatment, say researchers.

Published
17 January 2013
From
BBC Health
Researchers attack HIV's final defenses before drug-resistant mutations emerge

The scientists are developing new compounds designed to target an enzyme in HIV called RNase H, which has escaped the reach of existing drugs.

Published
17 January 2013
From
Medical Xpress

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