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Is treatment as prevention ready to roll out, or do we need to know more?

Major randomised studies of the impact of antiretroviral treatment expansion on new infections are getting underway, and should provide important evidence to guide further implementation, researchers reported at

Published
15 June 2012
By
Keith Alcorn
If people who need HIV drugs aren’t getting them now, why should the prevention benefit of treatment be the reason that the drugs become available?

The issue of ‘treatment as prevention’ raises a number of ethical issues, Richard Ashcroft, professor of bioethics at Queen Mary University of London told the IAPAC Controlling the

Published
15 June 2012
By
Roger Pebody
Study shows that use of darunavir/ritonavir and etravirine in HIV treatment as a prevention method is biologically plausible

A pharmacokinetic study suggests that ritonavir-boosted darunavir (Prezista) and etravirine (Intelence) achieve high concentrations in semen and rectal tissue, and could therefore help avert HIV transmission and infection, especially

Published
13 June 2012
By
Michael Carter
World Health Organization sets out route map for scale-up of treatment as prevention

The number of people eligible for antiretroviral treatment will grow by around six million as a result of recent World Health Organization recommendations on the use

Published
11 June 2012
By
Keith Alcorn
New report: evaluating HIV treatment as prevention in the European context

The report concludes that antiretroviral treatment has well-documented benefits for reducing the transmission of HIV, and has had a major impact on reducing HIV acquisition among children born to HIV positive mothers. However, the policy of treatment as prevention cannot be universally applied to all persons diagnosed with HIV without understanding whether there is a benefit for the individual’s health.

Published
07 June 2012
From
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) press release
Beyond the Media Hype for HIV Prevention Technology

We’re all looking forward to the end of AIDS. But simple, fantasy-based headlines aren’t going to tell us how to get there.

Published
05 June 2012
From
Positive Women's Network USA
The ethical implications of “treatment as prevention” in the United States

This article discusses the human rights and ethical implications of treatment as prevention; its authors focus on the United States of America, where the health departments of New York City and San Francisco recommended immediate commencement of antiretroviral therapy for every person who tested HIV-positive, regardless of the state of his or her infection.

Published
31 May 2012
From
HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review
HIV treatment breaks lead to drug resistance in the female genital tract

Antiretroviral treatment interruptions of 48 hours or more are associated with the emergence of resistant strains of HIV in the female genital tract, investigators report in the

Published
24 May 2012
By
Michael Carter
Kenyan heterosexual couples want a choice of antiretroviral prevention methods

Approximately 40% of HIV-positive people in a stable relationship with an HIV-negative person in Kenya have reservations about starting antiretroviral therapy early for the purposes of prevention, investigators

Published
23 May 2012
By
Michael Carter
NICE says sperm washing is no safer than effective treatment and timed intercourse

Draft UK guidance on fertility treatment says that sperm washing may no longer be necessary for couples where the man has HIV and the woman does not.

Published
22 May 2012
By
Roger Pebody

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