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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
Problems with test and treat in Thailand

The Thai government has announced that the national policy is test and treat. There are several problems with this.

Published
05 November 2014
From
HIV Information for Myanmar (blog)
Australia performs best in HIV treatment cascade – 62% with undetectable viral load

Australia and northern European countries are doing far better than North America at retaining people living with HIV in care and achieving viral suppression, according to a comprehensive

Published
04 November 2014
By
Keith Alcorn

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