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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
Still refusing to date HIV+ guys? Here’s why you could be putting your health at risk

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why arguments for not having sex with gay men who are HIV positive make little sense – and could actually pose a danger for those who are HIV negative

Published
09 April 2015
From
Gaystar News
Six in ten US HIV infections are transmitted by people who know they have HIV but are not in care

The majority of HIV in the USA is transmitted by people who know they have HIV but are not in care, a study recently published in

Published
07 April 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Chinese study sheds light on how well treatment may work as prevention in the real world

A study from the Henan province of China published recently shows that antiretroviral therapy (ART) may not be as effective at suppressing HIV and preventing onward transmission

Published
01 April 2015
By
Gus Cairns
FRAX fracture prediction tool underestimates fracture risk in people with HIV

The Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX), an online tool developed by the World Health Organization and used to help guide decisions about who to screen or treat

Published
18 March 2015
By
Theo Smart
Screening may miss pre-cancerous anal lesions in women with HIV

Existing algorithms to screen for anal cancer in women living with HIV could be missing many cases of anal high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL) – abnormal tissue

Published
12 March 2015
By
Theo Smart

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