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The 'new' negative? Sorry guys, you still have HIV

No transmissions! In two years! That’s pretty much a written invitation to ditch the rubbers and get out there, right? Lads, lads, lads. Let’s just rein in our penises and hold fire on the condom-burning for a cotton-picking second. No transmissions doesn’t mean there’s a zero risk of transmitting HIV, it just means there were no transmissions.

Published
31 March 2014
From
GMFA
The PARTNERS study, a licence to bareback?

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Does the PARTNERS study signal the death of condoms or should we curb our enthusiasm, and carry on pretending we use them?

Published
31 March 2014
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South African treatment guidelines need to consider viral load, not CD4 count, to achieve greater impact of treatment as prevention: study

Recommendations about the initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) need to change for the use of HIV treatment as prevention to have maximum benefit, according to an international team

Published
27 March 2014
By
Michael Carter
Treatment as prevention: The value of early treatment of HIV infection

The authors of a new paper in Health Affairs concluded that the strategy of early cART prevented 188,000 new HIV cases during 1996-2009, and the value of the survival gains was more than double the increase in drug manufacturers’ revenues from early cART initiation.

Published
19 March 2014
From
The Incidental Economist
Will HIV Ever Be Safe Enough for You?

The PARTNER results bolster “Treatment as Prevention”. Just don’t tell that to a sizable contingent of skeptical gay men, many of whom took to their keyboards to dismiss the PARTNER findings. Phrases like “false sense of security,” “positive guys lie,” “junk science,” and “if there’s even a small risk” appeared on Facebook postings and in web site comment sections.

Published
12 March 2014
From
My Fabulous Disease
Massive scale-up of HIV testing, plus HIV treatment on diagnosis, needed to curtail UK gay epidemic

Increasing the proportion of HIV-positive gay men in the UK who have an undetectable viral load from the current figure of around 60% to 90% could

Published
11 March 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Only having sex with same-status partners is an HIV prevention strategy for 40% of gay men

A study from Seattle has found that only having sex with men of the same HIV status was by far the most common method of trying to

Published
11 March 2014
By
Gus Cairns
David Duran: 'Undetectable' Is the New 'Negative'?

The more we open up and discuss what it means to be HIV-positive with an undetectable viral load, the more society, especially those within our own community, will begin to understand, learn and accept.

Published
11 March 2014
From
Huffington Post
Two new studies point to impact of HIV treatment on transmission in high-HIV-burden African contexts

Two new studies released by Epicentre, the research arm of the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston this week point to reductions in new HIV infections in areas where HIV treatment has been scaled up. Results also show viral suppression in one Malawian district twice as high as in the US.

Published
07 March 2014
From
MSF
Can San Francisco Become the First AIDS-Free City?

The city that was once the deadly AIDS epicenter of the world is now striving to be AIDS-free. What does that mean, and why is San Francisco poised to achieve this goal the way no other American city could?

Published
05 March 2014
From
The Advocate

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