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i-Base Q&A on the START study results

On 27 May 2015, early results showed that the early treatment group did better. One of the surprises is that even at very high CD4 counts, treatment reduces the risk of HIV related illnesses.

Published
28 May 2015
From
HIV i-Base
START trial finds that early treatment improves outcomes for people with HIV

A major international randomised clinical trial has found that people living with HIV have a considerably lower risk of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses

Published
27 May 2015
By
Gus Cairns
High lifetime costs of treating HIV show importance of investing in prevention

The lifetime cost for treating one HIV infection in the UK is almost £380,000, according to a model published in the online journal PLOS One. Switching to generic

Published
27 May 2015
By
Michael Carter
Meth, Crack, Coke & Ecstasy: Effects on HIV Disease Progression

A team of researchers, in an article published in JAIDS, reported that they found no association between any frequency of stimulant use and mortality, and only a modest association between high-frequency stimulant use and the combined outcomes of mortality and progression to AIDS.

Published
21 April 2015
From
BETA blog
Kids Who Start HIV Treatment With Low CD4s Largely Regain Them

HIV-positive children who have low CD4 counts when starting treatment by and large experience a rebound to normal levels of those immune cells. After two years on HIV meds, 92 percent of the children achieved a CD4 count of 500 or above. Just nine children (1 percent) experienced an AIDS-defining illness during treatment. Children starting with fewer than 200 CD4 cells/mm3 took 1.29 years to reach a CD4 count over 500 cells/mm3.

Published
07 April 2015
From
AIDSMeds
Researchers may have caught HIV becoming more virulent

A study from Cuba has generated wide media interest because researchers have identified a particular variety of the virus which is associated with rapid post-diagnosis falls in

Published
19 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
More African Americans still die of HIV than whites and Latinos combined, CDC says

More African Americans still die of HIV than whites and Latinos combined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, but the black death rate is generally declining more quickly than it is for those other groups.

Published
09 February 2015
From
Washington Post
No improvements in CD4 count at diagnosis in African patients in last decade

A study by Harvard Medical School has found that the average CD4 count in sub-Saharan African people who are diagnosed with HIV has not risen since 2002.

Published
04 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
An HIV Doctor Tells You If Undetectable Really Is the New Negative

Does being undetectable change the way you talk about your HIV status? Can a person who is undetectable stop worrying about transmitting HIV? Joel Gallant, an HIV doctor at Southwest CARE Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico gives his view.

Published
28 January 2015
From
The Body
Smoking is the main cause of increased risk of heart attack in people with HIV

People living with HIV who smoke have an almost three-fold greater risk of heart attack than HIV-negative smokers, according to Danish data published online ahead of print

Published
28 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody

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