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Routine viral load tests must be accessible for all

In Zambia, on 30 October, hundreds of people marched as part of a new campaign calling on African governments to make viral load tests routinely available to all citizens living with HIV. The campaign Be Healthy – Know your viral load was launched in Lusaka, and people living with HIV, treatment advocates and representatives from the participating countries* took part in a march which was flagged off by George Nyendwa, Mayor of Lusaka.

Published
10 November 2015
From
Key Correspondents
How do we maximise global HIV treatment access? IAPAC Care Continuum Guidelines make recommendations

IAPAC, the International Association of Practitioners in AIDS Care, has issued a set of guidelines that aims to establish a common set of best practices to ensure

Published
09 November 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Does low-level HIV viral load raise the risk of disease progression and co-morbidities?

People living with HIV who have a detectable but low viral load – in the range of 50 to 500 or 1000 copies/ml – may continue to

Published
09 November 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Patients of non-specialist HIV physicians often have poor ART outcomes and frequently receive sub-optimal care

Physician experience is associated with the quality of care provided to HIV-positive patients, new research suggests. Investigators in New York State found that the patients of doctors treating

Published
05 November 2015
By
Michael Carter
One third of people with HIV in US study are not virally suppressed on antiretroviral therapy

A third of people with HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART) do not have sustained viral suppression and many are not receiving regimens recommended by the latest U.S.

Published
21 October 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
How do we treat the world? Experts discuss moving to universal HIV treatment

What practical steps does the global healthcare community need to take in order to expand HIV treatment so that it can reach everyone who is diagnosed? And

Published
21 October 2015
By
Gus Cairns
FS, the UK gay men's sex and health magazine, magazine celebrates its 150th issue with its biggest gay sex survey

FS magazine celebrates its 150th issue with the big gay sex survey results. We surveyed over 3,000 gay men and bring you the results. These include finding that two-thirds of gay men used ocndoms the last time they had anal sex, that 69% now know what PrEP is but that only 51% understand what being positive and undetectable means.

Published
08 October 2015
From
GMFA
High standards of care associated with reduced mortality risk of patients with HIV

Quality of care (QOC) in the first twelve months after entering HIV care is associated with longer-term mortality risk, investigators from the US Department of Veterans Affairs report

Published
28 September 2015
By
Michael Carter
STIs Have Minimal Effects on Viral Load of People on HIV Treatment

Sexually transmitted infections apparently have a minimal effect on the HIV viral load of those who are taking antiretrovirals for the virus. Having an STI was associated with a 29 percent rise in viral load but this finding was not statistically significant. The researchers concluded that having an STI is not likely to reduce the effectiveness of ARVs as a form of HIV prevention.

Published
03 September 2015
From
POZ
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

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