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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 funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a low-cost, electricity-free device capable of detecting the DNA of infectious pathogens, including HIV-1.

Published
02 December 2014
From
National Institutes of Health
HIV epidemic will spring back without near-universal diagnosis and treatment, says UNAIDS

“Without scale-up, the AIDS epidemic will continue to outrun the response, increasing the long-term need for HIV treatment and increasing future costs.” These are among the opening

Published
01 December 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Positive response to 'gift tokens for undetectable viral load' trial

A US study presented at last month’s HIV Research for Prevention conference found generally positive responses among a selection of participants and clinic staff to a trial

Published
24 November 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Restoring and maintaining a high CD4 count possible for vast majority of people living with HIV in France

A large French study has shown that the vast majority of people living with HIV who started treatment since 2000 in a national cohort achieved a CD4

Published
12 November 2014
By
Alain Volny-Anne
The genetics of coping with HIV

We respond to infections in two fundamental ways. One is 'resistance,' where the body attacks the invading pathogen and reduces its numbers. Another, which is much less well understood, is 'tolerance,' where the body tries to minimize the damage done by the pathogen. A study using data from a large Swiss cohort of HIV-infected individuals gives us a glimpse into why some people cope with HIV better than others.

Published
12 November 2014
From
Science Daily
What are the barriers that could stop HIV treatment becoming HIV prevention?

One of the key strategies involved in trying to bring an end to the HIV epidemic is to increase the proportion of HIV-positive people on antiretroviral therapy

Published
12 November 2014
By
Gus Cairns
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

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