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HIV Care Saves Lives (infographics)

While we have made progress in HIV prevention and care, only 30% of all people living with HIV have achieved viral suppression. If people are in HIV medical care, however, 76% of people achieve viral suppression. Getting and keeping people in HIV medical care saves lives.

Published
26 November 2014
From
CDC Vital Signs
Only three in 10 Americans have HIV under control: government report

Just 30 percent of Americans living with HIV have the virus in check, putting others at risk of infection, U.S. health officials said yesterday. The report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 840,000 of the 1.2 million people infected with HIV in 2011 were not consistently taking anti-HIV drugs that keep the virus suppressed at very low levels.

Published
26 November 2014
From
Reuters
Rumours of the demise of HIV have been greatly exaggerated

Two years ago, the “beginning of the end” of AIDS was announced. It included the promise of reducing HIV transmission by reducing the amount of infectious virus in the population. But disease control will fail unless we understand and plan for its translation within complex and adaptive systems. People take up technologies and use them in unanticipated ways. Cultures develop resistance in the same way that bacteria do. We will only ever approach the beginning of the end of AIDS if and when we bear these things in mind.

Published
25 November 2014
From
The Conversation
Narrow Time Window Exists to Start HIV Therapy, Study Shows

HIV-1-infected U.S. military members and beneficiaries treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) soon after infection were half as likely to develop AIDS and were more likely to reconstitute their immune-fighting CD4+ T-cells to normal levels, researchers reported Nov. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Published
25 November 2014
From
Infection Control Today
Racial Disparities in the US Gay Male HIV Epidemic Appear Entrenched

Despite many efforts to fight racial disparities in HIV rates among men who have sex with men (MSM), black MSM will likely continue to have disproportionately high HIV rates for decades. A modeling analysis projects how varying rates of HIV testing and retention in HIV care would affect racial disparities between black and white MSM.

Published
21 November 2014
From
AIDSMeds
Brazil's ambitious HIV treatment plan based on Canadian concept

Brazil has resolved to get all 720,000 people with HIV on to treatment within a few years, including the 150,000 people who don’t yet know they have the virus.

Published
20 November 2014
From
The Globe and Mail
UNAIDS reports that reaching Fast-Track Targets will avert nearly 28 million new HIV infections and end the AIDS epidemic as a global health threat by 2030

If the world does not rapidly scale up in the next five years, the epidemic is likely to spring back with a higher rate of new HIV infections than today, UNAIDS says.

Published
19 November 2014
From
UNAIDS
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
Is PARTNER Good News Being Ignored?

Bob Leahy on how Canada has interpreted the preliminary results of the ground-breaking PARTNER study. In some quarters it’s still “wait and see”, but wait and see what? And does “wait and see” cut it with poz gay men?

Published
07 November 2014
From
Positive Lite
Can a Judge Order People to Take HIV Medication?

The story of a Seattle man with HIV who was ordered by a judge to attend medical visits has stirred HIV community anxiety about coerced treatment. But can people with HIV be mandated to take antiretroviral medication to reduce the likelihood that they will transmit the virus to their sex partners?

Published
05 November 2014
From
The Body
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