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Tenofovir-based HIV PrEP does not harm kidneys

Men and women without HIV infection who use tenofovir-based pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) develop significant but not clinically relevant declines in kidney function, according to the largest study to date to look at the issue.

Published
26 December 2014
From
Medscape (requires free registration)
F.D.A. Easing Ban on Gays, to Let Some Give Blood

The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a major stride toward ending what many had seen as a national policy of discrimination. However, the agency will continue to ban men who have had sex with a man in the last year, saying the barrier is necessary to keep the blood supply safe, a move that frustrated rights groups that were pushing for the ban to be removed entirely.

Published
24 December 2014
From
New York Times
Heterosexuals at High Risk for HIV Don't Test Enough

Heterosexuals engage in sex that puts them at risk for HIV, but do not get tested at high enough rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its most recent National HIV Behavior Surveillance System (NHBS) report about high-risk heterosexuals, which focuses on data collected from individuals in a series of major metropolitan areas.

Published
23 December 2014
From
Aidsmeds
Cell-associated HIV mucosal transmission: The neglected pathway

Dr. Deborah Anderson from Boston University School of Medicine and her colleagues are challenging dogma about the transmission of HIV. Most research has focused on infection by free viral particles, while this group proposes that HIV is also transmitted by infected cells. While inside cells, HIV is protected from antibodies and other antiviral factors. Anderson chides fellow researchers for not using cell-associated HIV in their transmission models: "The failure of several recent vaccine and microbicide clinical trials to prevent HIV transmission may be due in part to this oversight." . The Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID) has devoted their December supplement to this important and understudied topic.

Published
23 December 2014
From
Medical News Today
South Africa: Silent Suffering - Men and HIV (Video)

Why are South African men reluctant to test for HIV, to start and stay on ART, and to join support groups? Is it that health services are not men-friendly? Is it an idea of masculinity that mandates men to be stoic, to hide pain as a weakness and not to talk about their feelings? What defines the relationship of men to health services and how can it be improved? In this video by Davison Mudzingwa, experts and activists like Thamela, analyze the factors that drive men’s gendered vulnerability to HIV in South Africa and suggest ways to reduce it.

Published
23 December 2014
From
IPS
New open-access journal in the rapidly developing field of virus eradication

The Journal of Virus Eradication is a new open-access online and print journal dedicated to the rapidly developing field of virus eradication. It is particularly interested in publishing original research on HIV, hepatitis viruses, HPV, herpes and flu but work on other viruses is also included. The first issue was successfully launched at the HIV and Hepatitis Five Nations Conference in London on 8 December 2014 and is available now on the Journal website: www.viruseradication.com

Published
23 December 2014
From
Mediscript
EXCLUSIVE: Government confirms it will not cut HIV prevention budget

The Government has refuted claims that it was to halve its HIV prevention budget for 2015, reiterating support for the strategy and saying “It will continue”.

Published
20 December 2014
From
PinkNews
Re-Thinking Risk Compensation: A Conversation with Kim Koester

"When we fixate on risk compensation, which assumes that PrEP replaces or substitutes prior protective behaviors it undermines or marginalizes a far more pervasive reality and that is that men are gravitating towards PrEP as an additive element. Men are seeking additional reassurance and protection from HIV. From the perspective of men who see themselves as adopting safer ways of having sex, in terms of HIV prevention, the notion of risk compensation is offensive and confusing."

Published
19 December 2014
From
BETA blog
CDC: Decline in U.S. HIV Infections but Lasting Gaps in Rates of HIV, AIDS and Death

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the latest version of its annual HIV Surveillance Report, "Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2012."

Published
19 December 2014
From
The Body
CDC researchers publish estimate of effectiveness of condom use in anal sex

A paper this month in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes finally makes publicly available a study - originally reported by Aidsmap nearly two years ago

Published
19 December 2014
By
Gus Cairns
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