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The State of HIV/AIDS Science and Treatment Literacy in the HIV/AIDS Workforce

This survey yields some disturbing findings. Overall, the HIV science and treatment knowledge of the HIV/AIDS workforce is far too low. In many cases, people working in HIV/AIDS appear to doubt the science behind breakthrough biomedical tools for HIV prevention, and far too many members of the workforce are not familiar with many of the bio-medical interventions that will play a critical role in ending the epidemic.

Published
18 March 2015
From
Black AIDS Institute
US: A Near-Failing Science Grade for the Non-Medical HIV Workforce

On average, the survey respondents answered just 63 percent of the questions correctly, including 76 percent of those covering basic knowledge and terminology, 56 percent of the HIV treatment questions, and 46 percent of those on the use of ARVs to prevent transmission of the virus. Only 19 percent of the respondents scored 80 percent or higher on the test.

Published
18 March 2015
From
AIDSMeds
New Model Finds HIV Acute-Phase Infectivity May be Lower Than Previously thought

Previous calculations may have overestimated the importance of HIV transmission from recently infected individuals ("acute-phase infectivity") in driving HIV epidemics, according to an article published by Steve Bellan of the University of Texas at Austin and colleagues in this week's PLOS Medicine. The lower estimates of acute phase infectivity suggest that recently infected individuals--who have not had the chance to start antiretroviral treatment--although still more infectious on average than those in the chronic stage of infection, are not as likely to infect others as was previously thought.

Published
18 March 2015
From
Infection Control Today
New York City Gets Its HIV Act Together

High proportions of New York City residents with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are being diagnosed, receiving care, and seeing their serum viral load plummet to undetectable levels, city health officials reported here.

Published
02 March 2015
From
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
Financial incentives did not improve linkage to care or viral suppression in US study

A US study which offered patients gift cards to present themselves for HIV care after testing, and also to stay in care and maintain an undetectable viral

Published
28 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
UNAIDS welcomes further evidence of the efficacy of antiretroviral medicines in preventing new HIV infections

UNAIDS strongly welcomes results from scientific trials presented at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), held in Seattle, United States of America.

Published
27 February 2015
From
UNAIDS
Treatment cascades and viral load surveys show how African countries can maximise prevention benefits of HIV treatment

Reaching ambitious HIV prevention targets in South Africa will require intensified efforts to engage and retain men and young people in care, in order to increase the

Published
27 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
No HIV transmissions from HIV-positive partner seen in Australian gay couples study

An Australian-based study of gay male couples of opposite HIV status (serodifferent couples) has so far seen no transmissions from the HIV-positive partner within the couple in

Published
27 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
What We Know About HIV Transmission Should Influence PrEP Messaging

It is pretty clear that those who are diagnosed with HIV who are in care and on medicine are not spreading the virus. So why do people continue to discuss PrEP solely in the context of having known HIV-positive partners? And in what ways do we still stigmatize people living with HIV in our discussions around PrEP as a tool to bridge the viral divide?

Published
26 February 2015
From
The Body
Combining PrEP and ART could almost eliminate HIV infection, east African study finds

Giving both pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) to heterosexual couples where one partner has HIV (serodiscordant couples) can almost eliminate the chance of infection in the

Published
26 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns

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