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Rumours of the demise of HIV have been greatly exaggerated

Two years ago, the “beginning of the end” of AIDS was announced. It included the promise of reducing HIV transmission by reducing the amount of infectious virus in the population. But disease control will fail unless we understand and plan for its translation within complex and adaptive systems. People take up technologies and use them in unanticipated ways. Cultures develop resistance in the same way that bacteria do. We will only ever approach the beginning of the end of AIDS if and when we bear these things in mind.

Published
25 November 2014
From
The Conversation
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
Farage's "people of quality"

Nigel Farage is simply exploiting both people living with HIV, and the stigma attached to HIV, for his own political gains. If he whips up a little furore to scare the public about HIV, whilst Ebola is in the news, he thinks he’ll have the public eating out of his hands. Don’t believe his poisonous lies, don’t let him have his way.

Published
16 October 2014
From
Beyond Positive
Why barriers at the UK border won’t work for HIV

No one is going to set up booths with testing kits at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, let alone at the Channel ports

Published
10 October 2014
From
The Guardian
Northern Ireland Health Minister announces consultation on HIV self-testing kits

Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells has announced a consultation on removing the ban on HIV self-testing kits in the province. The ban was lifted in England, Wales and Scotland in April this year.

Published
02 October 2014
From
Pink News
HIV testing and black Africans in the UK

Dr Iain Reeves and Dr Richard Ma discuss the role of HIV testing in black Africans in the UK.

Published
29 September 2014
From
GP online
HIV testing rates are improving in African people in England

Data from two large, community surveys of African people living in England suggest that the proportion of people who have recently tested for HIV has increased over

Published
08 September 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Social inequalities associated with late HIV diagnosis and delayed HIV treatment – European study

Even in the context of western European countries with universal access to health care, there are socioeconomic inequalities in timely access to HIV testing, according to a

Published
05 September 2014
By
Roger Pebody
HIV prevention for black African people in the UK is under-resourced and needs to be scaled up

NAT (National AIDS Trust) argues in a recent report that although black African communities in the UK are disproportionately affected by HIV, “the HIV-related needs of black

Published
12 August 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Acute HIV Often Has Symptoms, But Testing Is Best Diagnostic

Various symptoms such as vomiting and swollen lymph nodes are linked to early HIV infection, but they are not a foolproof sign, so frequent testing is ideal for those at risk. 

Published
05 August 2014
From
AIDSMeds

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