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Targeted adherence measures and viral load monitoring needed to improve retention in South African ART programme

Of the people living with HIV in South Africa who are eligible to start antiretroviral therapy (ART), only 57% are in care and only 37% of

Published
16 October 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
Care programme improves clinic attendance and rates of virologic suppression among vulnerable HIV-positive patients in New York

Enrolment in a comprehensive care co-ordination programme significantly improves levels of engagement with HIV care and virologic suppression in vulnerable HIV-positive adults, according to research published in the

Published
14 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
HIV treatment roll-out has had only a modest impact on mortality in Lusaka, Zambia

The scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) programmes in Lusaka, Zambia, has been accompanied by only modest reductions in the city’s mortality rates, investigators report in the Bulletin of the

Published
09 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
Thai patients to receive free HIV drugs, regardless of CD4 count

The Thai Public Health Ministry has started distributing free antiretroviral drugs to all HIV patients in a move to expand treatment coverage and place them under the state's monitoring system. Previously, HIV patients would receive the drugs only if their number of CD4 cells — which mark the presence of HIV antibodies — decreased to 350, compared with 500 in normal people. From Wednesday, all HIV patients would have access to the drugs without the need for a CD4 count, Deputy Public Health Minister Somsak Chunharas said on Wednesday.

Published
02 October 2014
From
Bangkok Post
Landmark HIV diagnostic access program will save $150m and help achieve new global goals on HIV

Roche today announced a major Global Access Program to sharply lower the price of HIV viral load tests in low- and middle-income countries. This new initiative creates a ceiling price of US$ 9.40 per test, and will reduce Roche’s average price by more than 40% in low- and middle-income countries. When fully implemented, the Global Access Program is projected to save more than US$ 150 million in costs over the next five years.

Published
29 September 2014
From
UNAIDs press release
Roche launches Global Access Program for HIV viral load testing

To support the Global Access Program, Roche has committed to expanding access to its COBAS® AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Test version 2.0 through a special pricing scheme for qualifying organizations in eligible countries.

Published
26 September 2014
From
Roche press release
Treatment of worm infections leads to increases in CD4 counts and haemoglobin and fall in viral load for HIV-positive women taking ART

De-worming is associated with falls in viral load and increases in CD4 count and haemoglobin, in pregnant women living with HIV and receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to

Published
26 September 2014
By
Michael Carter
HCV antibody testing may miss recent infections in gay men living with HIV

Nucleic acid testing should be used to diagnose acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in gay men living with HIV, Dutch research published in the online edition

Published
23 September 2014
By
Michael Carter
Point-of-care CD4 testing is economically feasible for HIV care in resource-limited areas

A study by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators, working in collaboration with colleagues in Mozambique and South Africa, indicates that routine use of point-of-care CD4 testing at the time of HIV diagnosis would be cost effective in countries where health care and other resources are severely limited.

Published
17 September 2014
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Unique Health Care Challenges for Older Adults with HIV

Dr. Meredith Greene, fellow in the Division of Geriatrics at University of California, San Francisco, has spent her career working out how to integrate HIV services and geriatric care. “Traditionally, those areas haven’t overlapped a lot,” she explains—yet as individuals with HIV live longer with increasingly more effective and tolerable HIV therapies, she recognizes the importance of tailoring medical care services for older HIV-positive adults to their unique medical needs.

Published
17 September 2014
From
BETA blog

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