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WHO flags key challenges to global HIV response at International AIDS Conference

The World Health Organization is highlighting the need to renew attention to HIV prevention, whilst maintaining momentum on scaling up access to HIV treatment. It is also signalling the growing emergence of antiretroviral (ARV) drug resistance and the need for sustainable financing of the global response.

Published
17 July 2016
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WHO
Very high levels of drug resistance seen in people experiencing first-line antiretroviral therapy failure in Kenya

A cross-sectional survey of viral load in patients attending the largest HIV clinic in Kenya has shown that after an average of nearly two years

Published
31 May 2016
By
Gus Cairns
HIV rapidly develops resistance to gene-editing cure technology

In a setback for a novel approach to curing HIV, researchers involved in a technique that uses enzymes to remove viral genes from the DNA of infected

Published
17 May 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Outbreak of high level azithromycin resistant gonorrhoea in England

There have been 34 cases of high level azithromycin resistant gonorrhoea amongst residents of England between November 2014 and April 2016. The outbreak spread from the north of England to the West Midlands and south of England, including London. Initial cases were among heterosexuals but more recent evidence suggests high level azithromycin resistant gonorrhoea is now spreading among men who have sex with men.

Published
15 April 2016
From
Public Health England
Resistance to anti-HIV drugs in steep decline in Switzerland

Prevalence of antiretroviral drug resistance has declined significantly among patients in Switzerland, investigators report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. As many as 57% of

Published
13 April 2016
By
Michael Carter
Nigerian herbal medicines widely used by HIV positive people can contain antiretrovirals

Herbal medicine use among HIV positive people in Nigeria is widespread, poorly recorded and often precedes ART initiation. Contamination with antiretrovirals is possible and concerning, particularly in untreated people, say the authors of a study of herbal medicine presented at CROI 2016.

Published
24 March 2016
From
HIV i-Base
Combination inhibitor BMS-986197 demonstrates good activity against HIV in early study

A long-acting bio-engineered molecule with a triple mechanism of action demonstrated potent antiviral activity and worked against HIV that developed resistance to any one of the three

Published
18 March 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
Dr. Robert Grant weighs in after the first case of failed PrEP: What does it mean?

At CROI today, researchers and providers heard a detailed case study of a man who was infected with drug-resistant HIV while taking PrEP. No study to date has definitively documented a “breakthrough” HIV infection during PrEP with adherence to Truvada, so the report has garnered a lot of attention and concern from community members. We spoke with Robert Grant, MD, MPH, to give context to the discussion about what this case means for people currently taking PrEP.

Published
26 February 2016
From
BETA blog
Almost-certain case of PrEP failure due to drug resistance reported at CROI 2016

A case report of a man in Toronto who became infected with a multi-drug-resistant strain of HIV despite apparently very consistent adherence to PrEP was presented at

Published
25 February 2016
By
Gus Cairns
What is a drug “tail,” and what does it have to do with long-acting PrEP?

Drug “tails” are a hot topic at CROI 2016 as attendees wait to hear results from a long-acting cabotegravir PrEP injection study with HIV-negative men. A few prominent researchers have already incorporated the issue of drug “tails” into their discussions of one potential downside to having a PrEP drug that stays in a person’s system for an extended length of time.

Published
25 February 2016
From
BETA blog
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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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