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Retention in pre-ART care can be boosted by monthly visits from volunteer support workers

Retention in HIV care for patients not eligible for antiretroviral therapy (ART) can be boosted by monthly home visits from volunteer community support workers, investigators from Uganda report

Published
04 August 2015
By
Michael Carter
Vancouver delegates call for greater innovation in HIV diagnostics

Innovation in HIV diagnostics is urgently needed if the world hopes to achieve the 90–90–90 target for access to antiretroviral therapy, leading scientific experts advised this week. The call for intensified effort and innovation on HIV diagnostics occurred during two sessions at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, held in Vancouver, Canada.

Published
22 July 2015
From
UNAIDS
IAS 2015: While “game-changing,” START trial draws “line in the sand” and sets “time a’ ticking” to stop preventable illnesses and death, calls for action are accompanied by questions of impact of inequities, obstacles

Study also showed that most commonly used measure — CD4 count does not give accurate projection of illness risk.

Published
21 July 2015
From
Science Speaks
New Approach on HIV Viral Load Testing

Framework agreements will be established between the Global Fund and seven diagnostic manufacturers which aim to make the market for HIV viral load testing more transparent and competitive, driving cost reductions of up to one third. The agreements should deliver net savings of at least US$30 million over three years to the Global Fund, and potentially much more.

Published
17 June 2015
From
Global Fund
Geriatric HIV: living with multiple medical conditions will become the norm as population ages

In fifteen years' time, the clinical needs of Dutch people living with HIV will have changed substantially due to three quarters of them being over the

Published
16 June 2015
By
Roger Pebody
A gay’s guide to undetectable

Undetectable Viral Load. It’s a phrase you might have heard a bit recently, with an increased focus on educating HIV positive and negative gay men about what it is, and how it can prevent the spread of HIV. For something that’s been around since 1996 (the same year the Spice Girls released Wannabe, for context) it’s strange we’ve only recently embraced Undetectable Viral Load (UVL) – but HIV is a demanding beast that science, research, and community opinion chases to keep up with. What “undetectable” means to you depends entirely on your HIV status, your sexual behaviour, and your definition of risk. With that in mind, let’s unload…

Published
11 June 2015
From
Gay News Network, Australia
Gender difference in vital cell count of HIV patients

Male HIV patients in rural South Africa reach the low immunity levels required to become eligible for antiretroviral treatment in less than half the time it takes for immunity levels to drop to similar levels in women, according to new research. Researchers also found a link between potential proxy measures of nutritional status and disease progression, with those reporting food shortages and use of nutritional supplements reaching lower levels of immunity faster.

Published
10 June 2015
From
Science Daily
Modern NNRTI regimens can be effective with 85% adherence

Some modern HIV treatment regimens can achieve viral suppression with adherence rates as low as 85%, investigators from the US Veteran Aging Cohort Study report in the

Published
12 May 2015
By
Michael Carter
Cepheid announces European approval of Xpert HCV Viral Load

Quantitative test for rapid measurement of hepatitis C virus viral load and confirmation of HCV infection delivers on-demand results in less than 2 hours.

Published
16 April 2015
From
Cepheid press release
Annual CD4 count monitoring may be sufficient for people doing well on HIV treatment

Annual CD4 count monitoring may be sufficient for people taking antiretroviral treatment who have a suppressed viral load and a CD4 count above 250 cells/mm3, investigators report

Published
15 April 2015
By
Michael Carter
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