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PrEP, plus increased testing and treatment, could prevent nearly half of HIV infections in gay men in the UK by 2020

A new British mathematical modelling study published in The Lancet HIV has found that adding pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for gay men at high risk of HIV to

Published
18 January 2016
By
Gus Cairns
A Bill Gates backed fund is investing in an Aussie HIV testing company

The US based Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF), which was set up by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and investment bank JPMorgan in 2013, will hand Sydney based Atomo Diagnostics fresh funds as it seeks to scale up production of its self testing devices, expand its sales activities and the commercial rollout of its products in developing countries.

Published
14 January 2016
From
Sydney Morning Herald
Annual testing and scale-up of PrEP could slow the Dutch gay HIV epidemic

Phylogenetic analysis of the source of HIV infections in Dutch gay men over more than a decade shows that 71% acquired HIV from a man who was

Published
07 January 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Undetectable & Low-level HIV Viral Replication

Even people who are adherent to their medication regimens may experience occasional “blips” in their viral loads, experience viral rebound or maintain a steady, if low, viral load above undetectable levels. To understand why some people struggle to achieve or remain undetectable, we spoke with Keith Henry, MD, an HIV specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center who has more than 25 years of experience caring for people with HIV.

Published
06 January 2016
From
BETA blog
HIV Education That Aims to Empower, Not Shame

“We needed a coordinated media strategy and it needed really to focus less on fear-based messaging and more on empowering people,” said John Sapero, office chief for H.I.V. prevention for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Published
28 December 2015
From
New York Times
Large UK study shows low rates of HIV testing, even among those who think they are at risk of HIV

A major household survey of adults in the UK shows that, even among people who perceive themselves to be at risk of HIV infection, only 14% had

Published
21 December 2015
By
Roger Pebody
South Africa fails to put sexual health policy into practice

In South Africa, 15% of young women and 5% of young men aged 15 to 24 are HIV positive and 50% of new HIV infections are detected in people under 29.Vuyiseka Dubula, general secretary of Treatment Action Campaign, blames poor access to contraception and HIV testing. She says sex education has been greatly improved in recent years, but schools must go further by making condoms and health advice available on site.

Published
19 December 2015
From
The Guardian
UK maintains the largest HIV epidemic in western Europe

The annual surveillance report released recently by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that the number and rate of new diagnoses of HIV

Published
15 December 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Couples HIV testing during antenatal care: a good idea?

Most antenatal clinics in Uganda request that pregnant women attend with their husbands, to try and persuade both to have HIV counselling and testing. Although it’s good to encourage men to be responsible partners, and pregnancy should not be viewed as a woman’s affair alone, Uganda’s policy provokes some important questions that need answering. Does the current healthcare approach allow women an opportunity to exercise their right in decision making on whether they should take a test or not? Is the woman’s consent sought about whether she is comfortable with being tested with her partner?

Published
14 December 2015
From
Key Correspondents
San Francisco reports progress in 'Getting to Zero' HIV prevention and treatment effort

San Francisco made good progress in HIV prevention and treatment during 2015, and its successes have brought the city national and worldwide attention. But more work is

Published
07 December 2015
By
Liz Highleyman

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