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Early-capture HIV study allows for characterization of acute infection period

Acute HIV infection (AHI) contributes significantly to HIV transmission and may be important for intervention strategies seeking to reduce incidence and achieve a functional cure. In a study by the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP), Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists enrolled and intensively followed a cohort of high-risk individuals, tracking their HIV status and characterizing the disease through the acute stages of HIV infection.

Published
19 May 2016
From
EurekAlert!
Denmark shows first clear evidence of the success of treatment as prevention in gay men in a high income country

A study by the University of California, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen University Hospital provides the first unambiguous evidence of a link between high rates of viral suppression

Published
18 May 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Successful diagnosis of acute/early HIV infections may have contributed to fall in HIV incidence in San Diego

An HIV testing programme targeting individuals with acute/early infection likely contributed to a decline in incident infections in San Diego after 2008, investigators report in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Published
17 May 2016
By
Michael Carter
New York: Cuomo’s HIV/AIDS legislation targets 2020 to end epidemic

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced legislation Sunday that would implement parts of his plan to eliminate HIV/AIDS as an epidemic by 2020, but advocates said it leaves out some of his task force’s recommendations.

Published
17 May 2016
From
Newsday
New Zealand: "Community, testing and meds will stop HIV"

A concerted community response, testing, drug treatments and condoms are all now needed if NZ is to see the end of the HIV epidemic, according to the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. Although the organisation initially resisted reliance on drug-based prevention approaches, in recent years it has cautiously embraced the techniques.

Published
17 May 2016
From
GayNZ.com
South Africa moves to ‘test and treat’

Treasury has allocated an extra R1-billion to finance this “universal test and treat” (UTT) programme, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced during his budget speech in Parliament today.

Published
16 May 2016
From
Health-e News
New funding for local HIV prevention

Public Health England (PHE) announces an HIV Prevention Innovation Fund for 2016 to 2017 of up to £600,000 for local prevention initiatives.

Published
10 May 2016
From
Public Health England
Is the UK meeting its national guidelines for HIV testing of MSM?

The potential role of frequent HIV testing in curbing the HIV epidemic among the MSM population has long been recognized. The introduction of the strategy of ‘opt-out’ testing in the UK (2007), as in other countries at around the same time, brought a steep rise in testing, followed by stabilization (McDaid & Hart (STIs); Saxton […]

Published
10 May 2016
From
BMJ Group blogs
Why We're Missing Some Acute HIV Diagnoses

A test for acute HIV infection should be offered to those who report having symptoms within the last two weeks, not just those experiencing them at the time of testing, a new study suggests.

Published
04 May 2016
From
MD Magazine
The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases

The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. “Isn’t it true,” he asked, “that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?” It is a question I have heard before, in one way or another, and it always makes me cringe. Not only does it thrust all culpability onto those living with HIV, it also promotes a narrative that being infected with HIV chemically changes our moral fiber and transforms us into abusive monsters.

Published
28 April 2016
From
My Fabulous Disease

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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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