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South Africa reports successful third-line HIV treatment programme

People with resistance to first- and second-line antiretroviral drugs can still achieve high rates of viral suppression in the first year on third-line regimens according to a

Published
04 January 2019
By
Esther Nakkazi
Should we be concerned some gay men are buying antibiotics online for STIs?

A leading online provider of PrEP also sells the antibiotic doxycycline - but why are people buying it and why are health organizations concerned?

Published
28 December 2018
From
Gay Star News
Resistance to second-line ARTs increasing in South Africa

An increasing number of HIV patients in the Western Cape and other parts of South Africa are experiencing resistance to second-line antiretroviral therapy (ART). The Star reports that this was revealed by the fifth South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey conducted last year by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). The survey found resistance to ARVs in 27.4% of the respondents who were not virally suppressed.

Published
14 December 2018
From
Medical Brief
How dangerous is gonorrhoea resistance and can it be halted?

The bacterium that causes the common sexually transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhoea develops resistance to antibiotics easily, and some cases of multidrug-resistant gonorrhoea, originating from abroad, were reported

Published
06 December 2018
By
Gus Cairns
Fostemsavir, novel gp120 inhibitor, salvages nearly half of people with no other treatment options left

The recent International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow) featured trials of several HIV drugs with modes of action different from the usual

Published
07 November 2018
By
Gus Cairns
Drug resistance accumulates fast in people with low but detectable viral loads, Kenyan study finds

A study measuring HIV drug resistance at two timepoints in Kenyan patients on second-line, protease inhibitor-based regimens has found very high levels of drug resistance in people with

Published
22 October 2018
By
Gus Cairns
Uganda:15 Percent HIV-Positive Ugandans Resistant to Drugs - Report

Nearly two in every 10 people living with HIV in Uganda are resistant to antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs, according to findings in a study report that Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) released yesterday. This, the researchers said, requires them to switch to more expensive and scarce medicines.

Published
13 September 2018
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AllAfrica
Ibalizumab Provides New Option for Patients with Multidrug-Resistant HIV

A newly published phase 3 study of patients with multidrug-resistant (MDR) HIV shows that ibalizumab can be a safe and effective option for patients with limited other avenues of treatment.

Published
23 August 2018
From
MD Magazine
New HIV therapy reduces virus, boosts immunity in drug-resistant patients

Ibaluzimab, a CD4 receptor inhibitor and the first monoclonal antibody developed as an anti-HIV drug, was approved for treatment in the US for people with multiply drug-resistant HIV (MDR-HIV) last February. In the results of a phase III study published today, 83% of a group of patients with MDR-HIV achieved an undetectable viral load on ibaluzimab and 50% maintained this over six months. Details of this and another phase III study will be presented later htis year.

Published
16 August 2018
From
Science Daily
Reported 'PrEP Failure' in Thailand May Be a Missed Acute HIV Infection: Here's What You Need to Know

The Infectious Diseases Society of America reported on June 29, 2018, that a new HIV acquisition had been found in a person using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). According to the journal article, a 28-year-old cisgender male in Thailand began using PrEP on March 16, 2016, after being verified HIV negative by a third generation antibody test. However the third generation antibody test available in this case has a window period of three to 12 weeks, with 3% of the population still testing HIV negative after 12 weeks. This is why clinical testing sites use RNA testing whenever possible, as the RNA test from May 13 did show positive for HIV while the third generation antibody test on the same day showed HIV negative.

Published
17 July 2018
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TheBody PRO
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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