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Why Is No One On the First Treatment To Prevent HIV?

Adoption of PrEP has been slow. According to Dawn Smith of the C.D.C. at least half a million Americans are good candidates for PrEP—meaning that they are at high risk for contracting H.I.V. through sexual activity—yet only a few thousand Americans are receiving the treatment.

Published
02 October 2013
From
New Yorker (blog)
Who will PrEP be for?

Whether pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is adopted and is effective as an HIV prevention method depends crucially on people’s subjective assessment of whether they are at risk of HIV,

Published
01 October 2013
By
Gus Cairns
1 In 10 Gays On Grindr Have Never Been Tested For HIV, Claim They’re Negative Anyway

A recently published study by Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) found that 10% of men on Grindr have never gotten tested for HIV, though nearly a third of them still claim they’re negative.

Published
30 September 2013
From
Queerty
Political leadership on finance and pace of scale-up needed to realise full potential of treatment as prevention

Achieving the full potential of antiretroviral treatment as a prevention method will require governments to take political decisions about long-term finance, and be brave enough to lead

Published
30 September 2013
By
Keith Alcorn
Study evaluates population-wide testing, early treatment for HIV prevention

A study in South Africa and Zambia will assess whether house-to-house voluntary HIV testing and prompt treatment of HIV infection, along with other proven HIV prevention measures, can substantially reduce the number of new HIV infections across communities.

Published
30 September 2013
From
National Institutes of Health press release
Hooked Up: Exploring HIV Disclosure Online

Some hook-up sites for gay men make it easy to discuss HIV status; others just muddy the waters. But how reliable is the data for deciding what sex to have, with whom and how safely? And how does barebacking fit in? Bob Leahy looks at two popular sites and arrives at some surprising conclusions.

Published
30 September 2013
From
The Body
CROI abstract submission closes 8 October

The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) invites abstracts for CROI 2014, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, from March 3 to March 6, 2014. Abstract submission closes 8 October 2013.

Published
30 September 2013
From
CROI 2014
Avahan Aids initiative may have prevented 600,000 HIV infections in India over 10 years

These findings suggest that the approach used by Avahan, of targeting high risk groups with behavioural interventions, adequate provision of prevention commodities and support for programmes to build community resilience, can be effective at controlling HIV in the population at large. Expanding the coverage of similar programmes could have a considerable impact on HIV epidemics in many parts of the world.

Published
30 September 2013
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Tenofovir vaginal ring protects monkeys on Depo-Provera against HIV-like virus

An intravaginal ring containing tenofovir protected all but one macaque monkey given hormonal contraceptives and repeatedly exposed to a hybrid human/simian virus similar to HIV, according to

Published
30 September 2013
By
Liz Highleyman
Uptake of PrEP may be limited because few gay men think they are at risk of HIV infection

Three quarters of gay men seeking HIV testing at a Toronto sexual health clinic were assessed as being at elevated risk of infection, but only a minority

Published
27 September 2013
By
Roger Pebody

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