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High prices hinder access to newer HIV drugs and optimal tests that ensure treatment is working

High prices continue to represent a major barrier to affordable access of both new HIV medicines and viral load testing -- which is the best way to monitor whether treatment is working -- according to two reports released today by international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Published
22 July 2014
From
MSF
Substantial proportion of male HIV infections labelled as 'heterosexual exposure' in UK probably due to sex with other men

Up to a fifth of HIV infections among black African men initially classified as 'heterosexual exposure' in the UK are likely to have been acquired

Published
10 July 2014
By
Michael Carter
High CD4s Neutralize Raised Risk of Stroke in People With HIV

People with HIV have a 40 percent greater chance of stroke than those without the virus; however, having high CD4 cells erases this increased risk.

Published
26 June 2014
From
Aidsmeds
Study shows prognostic value of viral load monitoring among people living with subtype C HIV in South Africa

Viral load is the single most important predictor of CD4 cell loss among people in South Africa who had not started HIV treatment, investigators report in

Published
02 June 2014
By
Michael Carter
Viral Load Testing Dismally Absent in Africa

As Africa scales up lifesaving antiretroviral therapy for HIV positive people, concerns are rife that the absence of mass routine viral load testing will hamper extending treatment to the millions who need it.

Published
20 May 2014
From
Inter Press Service
PCR testing reveals high prevalence of CNS infections among people living with HIV in Zambia with CNS symptoms

There is a high prevalence of central nervous system (CNS) opportunistic infections among people living with HIV in Zambia who present with CNS symptoms, investigators report in

Published
30 April 2014
By
Michael Carter
BD Launches New Point-of-Care System for HIV/AIDS Patients

Easy-to-use CD4 analysis platform tailored to meet the needs of resource-limited settings.

Published
28 April 2014
From
BD Biosciences press release
HIV infection increases risk of melanoma

HIV infection is associated with an increased risk of melanoma, according to the results of a meta-analysis published in PLOS ONE. Overall, people living with HIV had a

Published
25 April 2014
By
Michael Carter
People living with HIV in the UK still have impaired health-related quality of life

People living with HIV in the UK have poorer health-related quality of life (HRQoL) compared to individuals in the general population, according to research presented at the

Published
22 April 2014
By
Michael Carter
Can we provide point-of-care viral load tests in poor countries?

It is not impossible to provide mobile, point-of-care viral load tests in resource-poor settings, the 2014 Treatment as Prevention workshop in Vancouver heard last week. By using a number

Published
10 April 2014
By
Gus Cairns

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