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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
No to treating our way out of the epidemic, say South African experts

No, we cannot treat our way out of the HIV epidemic, was the resounding sentiment of a panel of expert clinicians and the audience, at a debate

Published
21 October 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
The treatment cascade in the United States – good in Ryan White programmes, but overall picture for gay men is poor

People living with HIV in the United States who receive their care through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program have good rates of retention and virological suppression, investigators

Published
03 October 2014
By
Michael Carter
Thai patients to receive free HIV drugs, regardless of CD4 count

The Thai Public Health Ministry has started distributing free antiretroviral drugs to all HIV patients in a move to expand treatment coverage and place them under the state's monitoring system. Previously, HIV patients would receive the drugs only if their number of CD4 cells — which mark the presence of HIV antibodies — decreased to 350, compared with 500 in normal people. From Wednesday, all HIV patients would have access to the drugs without the need for a CD4 count, Deputy Public Health Minister Somsak Chunharas said on Wednesday.

Published
02 October 2014
From
Bangkok Post
Only half of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV received care and treatment in 2010

Among gay and bisexual men in the United States who have been diagnosed with HIV, only half are receiving care and treatment for their infection, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And just 42 percent have achieved viral suppression – meaning their virus is under control at a level that helps keep them healthy and also greatly reduces their risk of transmitting HIV to others.

Published
29 September 2014
From
CDC press release
Choosing to Love Poz Guys

Jake Sobo writes: "The serodivide is crumbling. Hookup sites that used to allow only two options for HIV status now offer endless choices, from undetectable to on PrEP. Recent life expectancy projections suggest that gay men who test HIV-positive today and start treatment quickly will live longer than those who do not...Unlearning decades of stigma and fear will not happen overnight. It will take time and learning. That’s okay. But the cost of staying in place is too great, both for poz guys who face that stigma and fear on a daily basis, and to our communities which remain divided."

Published
27 September 2014
From
Betablog
Houston we have an HIV PR problem

The most important group who should hear about treatment as prevention, undetectability, sero-sorting and all the other non-condom options, are those who have successfully avoided HIV thus far and are reluctant to get tested. In other words the vast majority of the LGBT population, because they are the ones who are getting the wrong end of the stick when they hear snippets of information about HIV.

Published
17 September 2014
From
Positive Lite
ART quells genital HIV shedding throughout menstrual cycle

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) that suppresses HIV RNA in plasma also suppressed genital HIV shedding across the menstrual cycle in a 3-week study of 20 women.

Published
17 September 2014
From
International AIDS Society
Drug use strongly associated with sex, condomless sex and STIs in gay men living with HIV in England

A large survey of gay and bisexual men living with HIV and attending eight sexual health clinics in England has found that half of them had used

Published
16 September 2014
By
Gus Cairns

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