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Change to recommended regimen for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

The Expert Advisory Group on AIDS (EAGA) has recommended a change in the recommended regimen for post-exposure prophylaxis from tenofovir/emtricitabine with Kaletra to tenofovir/emtricitabine with raltegravir.

Published
11 September 2014
From
Expert Advisory Group on AIDS (EAGA)
Researcher has a radical idea for a drinkable, probiotic HIV vaccine

Like others before him, Jean-Marie Andrieu believes he may have hit upon the long sought after HIV vaccine. And like numerous other treatments under development, the hitch is that the vaccine has only thus far only shown to be effective in protecting monkeys against the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus or SIV, the monkey equivalent to HIV.

Published
11 September 2014
From
Washington Post (blog)
World Leaders Call For Ending Criminalization of Drug Use and Possession and Responsible Legal Regulation of Psychoactive Substances

Former Presidents of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland Join With Kofi Annan, Richard Branson, George Shultz, Paul Volcker And Others To Make Bold, New Recommendations for Major Paradigm Shift in Global Drug Policy on the Road to UN Special Session on Drugs in 2016.

Published
10 September 2014
From
Global Commission on Drug Policy
Drug-level study shows feasibility of long-acting integrase inhibitor cabotegravir

A pharmacokinetic (PK) analysis presented at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy this week in Washington, DC, confirmed that the long-acting HIV integrase inhibitor cabotegravir (formerly GSK1265744) reaches adequate target levels in the blood, setting the stage for efficacy trials for HIV treatment and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Published
10 September 2014
From
HIVand hepatitis.com
Tips for supplying foil

So foil is now legal in the UK (since September 5th), needle programmes across the country are now (hopefully) stocking it and offering it as a possible tool for change or early engagement route for people who smoke rather than inject their drug of choice. So here's a bit of advice for those workers giving it out.

Published
09 September 2014
From
Injecting Advice
Bill's "pretty epic" PrEP experience

"So, I heard about this PrEP thing on a few websites, did some research, and thought 'Damn, gurl, this is right for me.' All kidding aside, I am very troubled by this long and cumbersome multi-step process. It should not be this hard to get PrEP. I am a 43 year-old professional and have the fortitude to push through the red tape.But I can assure you I would not done all of this when I was in my late teens or early twenties."

Published
09 September 2014
From
IRMA
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
Gates Foundation awards $25 million to HIV vaccine research

Researchers developing a vaccine that has shown promise in preventing HIV infection in primates said on Wednesday they have been awarded a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Published
05 September 2014
From
Fox News
Bareback Culture, HIV, and Our Gay Future

I have commented several times on Facebook about my anxiety over the sudden popularity and push for widespread use of Truvada. I'm not opposed to the use of Truvada, and I agree that it is an exciting development in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, while some reject the idea that the promotion of Truvada among gay men has anything to do with barebacking culture -- and subsequently vilify anyone who makes the suggestion -- it doesn't negate the reality that barebacking has become a widespread practice in gay male culture.

Published
05 September 2014
From
Huffington Post
Are "Sugar Daddies" to Blame for HIV Transmission in Africa?

It was long assumed that a major driver of the vastly greater prevalence of HIV infection in Zimbabwe, South Africa and other epicenters of the African HIV epidemic is intergeneratioal sex - sepcifically, young women having sexual realtionships with older "sugar daddies". Contrary to expectations, a recent high-quality, longitudinal study showed that participation in intergenerational sex did not impact the likelihood of contracting HIV infection.

Published
05 September 2014
From
Scientific American

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