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Expanded HIV testing may find more acute infections as well as more late presenters

Expanding HIV testing into local hospitals and primary care may not only find more people who have lived with HIV for a long time without knowing it,

Published
07 April 2014
By
Gus Cairns
International HIV as Prevention Workshop: Day 1 summary

This year’s International HIV Treatment as Prevention Workshop began with an opening roundtable session that gathered high-level delegates from across the globe. The goal of the panel: to bring together the key national decision-makers and pivotal international partners to explore the importance of new HIV treatment targets.

Published
02 April 2014
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Treatment as Prevention Workshop
Standard HIV treatment achieves high concentrations in female genital tract and suppresses shedding of virus

Standard antiretroviral therapy containing tenofovir, FTC and atazanavir achieves high concentrations in the female genital tract and suppresses HIV replication throughout the menstrual cycle, US investigators report

Published
01 April 2014
By
Michael Carter
HIV viral load in semen can differ in two samples provided within one hour

HIV can be intermittently detectable in the semen of men taking long-term antiretroviral therapy that is achieving full suppression of viral load in the blood, French investigators report

Published
01 April 2014
By
Michael Carter
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
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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
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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

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