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Preventing hepatitis C patients from being lost in the health-care system

A new study shows that many patients infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) are lost during different stages of health care to manage the disease. This real-life' view of the HCV patient care continuum in a major U.S. urban area highlights the importance of generating awareness among clinicians and at-risk groups about appropriate HCV testing, referral, support and care.

Published
19 December 2014
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
AIDS Response Is Leaving African Men Behind

Mention gender inequality in AIDS and the fact that  more women than men live with HIV pops up. But another, rarely spoken about gendered difference is proving lethal to men with HIV. Research reveals that, across Africa, men have lower rates of HIV testing, enrollment on antiretroviral treatment, adherence, viral load suppression and survival, than women.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Inter Press Service
How San Francisco Is Getting to Zero On HIV

San Francisco is already making progress when it comes to HIV prevention, treatment and retention. In 2006, San Francisco had 517 new HIV cases; by 2013, that number dropped to 359, a 30 percent decrease. The number of deaths almost halved between 2006 and 2013, going from 327 to 182. Additionally, compared to the United States, San Francisco is faring better in multiple aspects of the HIV care continuum: in 2012, 82 percent of HIV positive individuals in the U.S. were aware of their status; in San Francisco, that number was 94 percent.

Published
11 December 2014
From
Huffington Post
CDC Analyzes Impediments to Viral Suppression in People With HIV

The CDC has reframed the HIV treatment cascade figures to highlight the various reasons why only 30 percent of Americans have a fully suppressed virus.

Published
03 December 2014
From
POZ
Does ‘treat’ always follow ‘test’? Why some people do not want HIV treatment

In South Africa, only one third of individuals living with HIV are actually on treatment. Treatment refusal has been identified as a phenomenon among people who are asymptomatic, however, factors driving refusal remain poorly understood.

Published
01 December 2014
From
UNAIDS Science Now
HIV Care Saves Lives (infographics)

While we have made progress in HIV prevention and care, only 30% of all people living with HIV have achieved viral suppression. If people are in HIV medical care, however, 76% of people achieve viral suppression. Getting and keeping people in HIV medical care saves lives.

Published
26 November 2014
From
CDC Vital Signs
Positive response to 'gift tokens for undetectable viral load' trial

A US study presented at last month’s HIV Research for Prevention conference found generally positive responses among a selection of participants and clinic staff to a trial

Published
24 November 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Racial Disparities in the US Gay Male HIV Epidemic Appear Entrenched

Despite many efforts to fight racial disparities in HIV rates among men who have sex with men (MSM), black MSM will likely continue to have disproportionately high HIV rates for decades. A modeling analysis projects how varying rates of HIV testing and retention in HIV care would affect racial disparities between black and white MSM.

Published
21 November 2014
From
AIDSMeds
Study Finds Retention Problems Among South African Patients Receiving HIV Treatment

Fewer than half of patients who tested HIV-positive at a Johannesburg, South Africa clinic returned to complete eligibility testing for antiretroviral therapy (ART), suggesting that “strategies to reduce attrition from all stages of care are urgently needed,” a new study led by a BU researcher finds.

Published
07 November 2014
From
Boston University press release
Australia performs best in HIV treatment cascade – 62% with undetectable viral load

Australia and northern European countries are doing far better than North America at retaining people living with HIV in care and achieving viral suppression, according to a comprehensive

Published
04 November 2014
By
Keith Alcorn
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