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Baseline CD4 count biggest factor in long-term immune system improvements after starting HIV therapy

Pre-treatment CD4 cell count is the most important factor in immune recovery following the initiation of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), according to the results of a large observation

Published
14 December 2017
By
Michael Carter
HIV drug resistance now high enough to trigger a change in first-line treatment in eastern and southern Africa

HIV drug resistance is increasing rapidly in southern and eastern Africa and Latin America and, as a result, it may soon be necessary to change the

Published
04 December 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
HIV diagnoses in English gay men have been falling since 2014

A new analysis by Public Health England of testing rates and HIV diagnoses from all of England’s sexual health clinics shows that the decline in

Published
08 November 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Starting ART immediately after HIV diagnosis cuts mortality risk by two-thirds for people with high CD4 cell counts

People with a high CD4 cell count who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) immediately after diagnosis with HIV cut their 12-month mortality risk by two-thirds, according

Published
06 November 2017
By
Michael Carter
Symtuza as effective as multi-pill combination in previously untreated people with HIV

The single-pill combination of darunavir, cobicistat, tenofovir alafenamide and emtricitabine (Symtuza) is just as effective as a multi-pill combination of darunavir, cobicistat, emtricitabine and the older formulation of

Published
28 October 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
New EACS treatment guidelines

Everyone with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infection should receive direct-acting antiviral treatment for hepatitis C and should receive the same treatment for hepatitis C as

Published
26 October 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Symtuza protease inhibitor regimen maintains viral suppression for a year

People who switched from a multi-pill antiretroviral regimen to the first one-pill, once-daily regimen that includes a protease inhibitor maintained undetectable viral load for a year, according to

Published
13 October 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Who Resists Starting ART Therapy for HIV?

The study found that the demographic characteristics of patients who failed to initiate ART within 2 years of entering care were not as important as clinical factors. Higher CD4 count, lower viral load, and a prevalent AIDS diagnosis were clinical characteristics associated with delayed ART initiation.

Published
07 September 2017
From
MD Mag
Globally, People With HIV Are Starting Treatment Earlier

But the median CD4 count at treatment start is below 350, which means work is needed to catch up to World Health Organization guidelines.

Published
21 August 2017
From
Poz
Terrence Higgins Trust and BHIVA advise on the use of generic HIV antiretroviral therapy

We believe that people living with HIV should be at the heart of decisions made about their care. Therefore decisions around switching to generic HIV medication should be based on a full discussion between a person living with HIV and their HIV clinician.

Published
16 August 2017
From
Terrence Higgins Trust
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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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