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START trial provides definitive evidence of the benefits of early HIV treatment

People who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) immediately after HIV diagnosis, while their CD4 cell count is still high, rather than waiting until it falls below 350 cells/mm3

Published
21 July 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
People with HIV live almost 20 years longer than in 2001

People living with the HIV virus today can expect to live nearly two decades longer than those who were diagnosed at the start of this century, thanks to cheaper and more readily available antiretroviral drugs, the UN said in a major report on a disease once seen by many as a death sentence to be endured in secrecy. The average HIV-positive person is now expected to live for 55 years – 19 years longer than in 2001, according to the report by the UN’s Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAids).

Published
14 July 2015
From
The Guardian
UNAIDS announces that the goal of 15 million people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2015 has been met nine months ahead of schedule

The AIDS targets of MDG 6—halting and reversing the spread of HIV—have been achieved and exceeded, according to a new report released today by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). New HIV infections have fallen by 35% and AIDS-related deaths by 41%. The global response to HIV has averted 30 million new HIV infections and nearly 8 million (7.8 million) AIDS-related deaths since 2000, when the MDGs were set.

Published
14 July 2015
From
UNAIDS
Not having enough food linked to poor treatment outcomes in New York

People who don’t have enough food to eat are less likely to have an undetectable viral load than other people living with HIV, according to a longitudinal

Published
23 June 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Long-Term Painkiller Use Linked to Higher Death Risk Among HIV-Positive Individuals

Long-term opioid use conferred a 40% higher death risk in a prospective study of U.S. veterans with or without HIV. The heightened risk ran to 46% in veterans with HIV compared with 25% in those without HIV. Long-term benzodiazepine use also inflated death risk in this population.

Published
17 June 2015
From
The Body
US funding for HIV treatment linked with employment gains in sub-Saharan Africa

We found that PEPFAR was associated with a 13 percent increase in employment among males in focus nations compared to non-focus ones. In contrast, no change in employment was observed among females. In addition, we found that increasing PEPFAR per capita funding by $100 was associated with a 9.1-percentage-point average increase in employment among males.

Published
15 June 2015
From
Brookings Institution (blog)
When to START has never been clearer

Posirtive Lite editor Bob Leahy in conversation with CATIE’s Sean Hosein about START, the important and ground-breaking study that recently provided definitive evidence of the health benefits of starting HIV treatment sooner rather than later.

Published
10 June 2015
From
Positive Lite
Gender difference in vital cell count of HIV patients

Male HIV patients in rural South Africa reach the low immunity levels required to become eligible for antiretroviral treatment in less than half the time it takes for immunity levels to drop to similar levels in women, according to new research. Researchers also found a link between potential proxy measures of nutritional status and disease progression, with those reporting food shortages and use of nutritional supplements reaching lower levels of immunity faster.

Published
10 June 2015
From
Science Daily
AIDS-Opportunistic Illness Mortality Lower but Still a Risk

Survival after the first diagnosis of AIDS-opportunistic illness (OI) has markedly improved since 1981, but some AIDS-OIs still carry a much higher mortality risk than others, according to a survival analysis published online June 3 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Published
08 June 2015
From
Medscape
UNAIDS welcomes further evidence that starting antiretroviral therapy early saves lives

“Every person living with HIV should have immediate access to life-saving antiretroviral therapy,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Delaying access to HIV treatment under any pretext is denying the right to health.”

Published
28 May 2015
From
UNAIDS
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