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Single measures of viral load not effective for assessing HIV suppression status

The percentage of HIV-positive individuals with durable viral suppression may be overestimated when calculated by single measures of viral load, according to findings published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Published
08 August 2017
From
Healio
International study of gay couples reports no transmissions from an HIV-positive partner on treatment

A study of 343 gay couples, where one partner had HIV and the other did not, has not found a single case of HIV transmission in

Published
25 July 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Swaziland: new infections halved in five years as HIV treatment scales up

New HIV infections have halved in Swaziland since 2011 at the same time as the proportion of people on antiretroviral treatment with fully suppressed viral load has

Published
24 July 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
I'm A Grandmother, I Have HIV, And I Can't Pass It On

This is one of the biggest developments since the start of the HIV epidemic, yet people don’t know it. It means people can have sex, relationships and children, with someone living with HIV, without becoming infected. For some it can sound a bit unreal - but it’s true. And if everyone know this we could stop HIV stigma.

Published
19 July 2017
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HuffPost UK
US: Advocates launch Consensus Statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in Criminal Law Reform

The consensus statement is underpinned by a concern that if HIV criminalisation reform focuses soley on changing laws so that those who are virally suppressed are not considered ‘a risk’ that this approach will not address the unjust disproportional impact of the US criminal legal system on people of colour, LGBTI people, sex workers, and the financially disadvantaged.

Published
14 July 2017
From
HIV Justice Network
Zambian Activists Launch ‘Team No Shame About HIV+’ Campaign

Over a dozen Zambian youths living with HIV and those who are passionate about fighting the spread of the virus have taken to social media to launch a campaign dubbed ‘Team No Shame About HIV+.’ Activist Benjamin Sakala said: "The other message we are trying to use as a campaign is the U=U meaning Undetectable = Untransmittable. This is aimed at encouraging HIV positive people to do their viral load tests and not just thinking about their CD4."

Published
05 July 2017
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Paul Shalala / Blogspot
Only a quarter of gay men know that people on effective HIV treatment can't pass it on

New research by the Terrence Higgins Trust found that 25 percent of gay or lesbian respondents are unaware that those who are effectively being treated with antiretroviral treatment (ART) cannot pass on HIV.

Published
03 July 2017
From
PinkNews
I’m HIV-positive. But thanks to drugs, no one can catch the virus from me

Advances in medication now mean that the virus can no longer be detected in my blood, so it’s impossible for me to transmit it to anybody.

Published
29 June 2017
From
The Guardian
‘We must listen to science, not stigma. People on effective HIV treatment cannot pass on the virus.’

Medical evidence has shown that people living with HIV and who are on effective treatment cannot pass on the virus. However, a major new survey by Terrence Higgins Trust has shown that only 9% of the British public are aware of this fact, which has been evidenced by scientific research.

Published
29 June 2017
From
Terrence Higgins Trust
Washington DC reports sharp decline in new HIV infections

In 2007, D.C. residents were diagnosed with HIV at a rate of nearly four per day. That rate dropped to less than one resident per day in 2016. The 73 percent decline in new cases — from 1,333 in 2007 to 347 in 2016 — can be attributed to factors that include a needle-exchange program, condom distribution and increasing use of preventive medication to halt the spread of the disease, city officials said Tuesday.

Published
28 June 2017
From
Washington Post
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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