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Cost-effectiveness of HAART underestimated

Bohdan Nosyk and Julio Montaner of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Vancouver, Canada argue in an Essay published in this week's PLoS Medicine that the cost-effectiveness of HAART roll out has been significantly underestimated, because economic analyses have not yet taken into account the beneficial impact of HAART on prevention of HIV transmission.

Published
14 February 2012
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
HIV treatment not advanced enough to dismiss full disclosure, court told

Medical treatment for HIV has not advanced enough to preclude the duty for someone infected with the virus to not disclose their status to a sex partner, the Supreme Court of Canada heard Wednesday.

Published
09 February 2012
From
Ottawa Citizen
New BHIVA guidelines recommend discussion with all patients on potential of HIV treatment to protect sexual partners

The British HIV Association (BHIVA) today recommends that doctors should discuss the evidence for the effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment as prevention with all patients with HIV, and

Published
06 February 2012
By
Keith Alcorn
Do people with HIV have to tell their sex partners? Canadian Supreme Court to decide

Canada's highest court is set to hear arguments over whether it's a crime for people with HIV to keep their condition from their sexual partners if the risk of transmission is low. 

Published
05 February 2012
From
City News
CDC economic models show HIV treatment scale-up is cost-effective, can save money over time

New economic modeling shows that scaling up antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in the developing world not only saves lives, but saves money too. 

Published
27 January 2012
From
Science Speaks
The Achilles' Heel of HIV Treatment for Prevention

Co-occurring STIs are a significant threat to the potential for HIV treatments to reduce HIV infections. Indeed, mathematical models of infections averted by population scale-up of ART are unrealistically optimistic when they do not include estimates of sexually transmitted coinfections

Published
24 January 2012
From
Medscape (requires registration)
Local Michigan county wants to force meds on HIV criminal suspect

Sangeeta Ghosh, assistant corporate counsel for Kent County, Mich., says should the 51-year-old man charged in two cases of failing to disclose his HIV-positive status to sexual partners make bail, the county is prepared to ask a court to force him to take antiretroviral medications.

Published
11 January 2012
From
American Independent
BC sees drop in new HIV cases with new strategy but Sask. is still struggling

A dramatic drop in the number of new HIV infections in British Columbia shows that a treatment-as-prevention strategy is making a difference, says a leading AIDS investigator who is frustrated that other parts of the country haven't embraced the concept to the same extent.

Published
10 January 2012
From
Winnipeg Free Press
Disclosure the common thread in pending Supreme Court of Canada cases

On Feb. 8, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear two back-to-back appeals involving people living with the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, who were convicted of sexual aggravated assault for engaging in unprotected sex without disclosing their status.

Published
05 January 2012
From
Montreal Gazette
British Columbia: Aggressive Strategy Lowers the Number of New H.I.V. Cases and AIDS Deaths

Searching for people at risk of H.I.V. infection, getting them tested and putting those who are infected on antiretroviral drugs immediately has brought results in Canada.

Published
02 January 2012
From
New York Times

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