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NHS England announces annual investment decisions for certain specialised services [including HIV treatment as prevention]

NHS England has today (2 July) set out its planned investment decisions for certain specialised services as part of its annual commissioning round.

Published
03 July 2015
From
NHS England press release
New British guidelines recommend treatment for everyone with HIV

Everyone with HIV who is prepared to take antiretroviral treatment should receive it, regardless of CD4 cell count, new draft British HIV Association (BHIVA) treatment guidelines

Published
24 June 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
START Making Sense

The story of the START trial will continue to be told for a long time to come. For some it will be a tale of rigorous perseverance in the face of strong counter-prevailing headwinds and ultimate arrival at a result that is solid and conclusive. Others will see a single-minded and aggressive defense of a trial by investigators who refused to accept not only the obvious but also the evidence that rendered their design obsolete and even unethical.

Published
19 June 2015
From
North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center
More men test and treat early for HIV, but fear and stigma remain barriers

Men who have recently tested positive for HIV are more comfortable with the idea of committing to a treatment regimen soon after diagnosis than they were a few years ago, suggest results presented in the latest HIV Seroconverstion Study Report, released today by the Kirby Institute at UNSW Australia.

Published
12 June 2015
From
Kirby Institute
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
Early HIV Treatment Is Essential, But So Is Testing And Linkage To Care

Last week’s announcement of the Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment (START) trial results confirms what many experts have long believed — early treatment for HIV reduces illness and death. While START further establishes the vital role of early antiretroviral therapy (ART), many questions remain on how to actually bring the life-saving benefits of treatment to individual patients.

Published
05 June 2015
From
Health Affairs (blog)
New START Data Fill in When to Start ART, Now the Question is How

It's critical to recognize that figuring out when to start is only part of the puzzle. The question of how to start is equally critical and isn’t going to be settled by any randomized trial. The how concerns the environment in which individuals are offered treatment, the services that are part of that offer—peer support, community-based refills, non-biased provider care, among others—and the ways that the decision to start is framed.

Published
29 May 2015
From
AVAC
START findings highlight treatment divide

The START data show that basing treatment initiation on immune cell count is a form of rationing. But whether, how soon, and even how the findings will change clinical practice is another question.

Published
28 May 2015
From
Science Speaks
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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