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BHIVA and EAGA position statement on the use of antiretroviral therapy to reduce HIV transmission: January 2013

The UK Department of Health, in collaboration with the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS and the British HIV Association, has issued a definitive statement on the potential of antiretroviral therapy to reduce HIV infectiousness and transmission. It says that the risk of transmission from a person with a fully-suppressed viral load in the absence of STIs is "extremely low" and advises physicians to discuss this with all patients.

Published
22 January 2013
From
Department of Health
Charity urges better availability of early treatment to prevent spread of HIV

The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is calling on the NHS to allow people with HIV to start treatment early in order to protect their sexual partners after two leading HIV clinical bodies - the British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS (EAGA) – authoritatively set out the scientific basis for HIV treatment as prevention.

Published
22 January 2013
From
NAT press release
Insite - Not Just Injecting, But Connecting

Insite is an injecting site - and so much more. Please watch our movie and learn why the Canadian government should not shut it down!

Published
21 January 2013
From
Drug Reporter
Lube is Slippery, but is it Safe?

The shocking truth is we don’t know much about the safety of sexual lubricants and whether or not they may actually contribute to the spread of HIV.

Published
21 January 2013
From
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
PrEP...Forever? When Do You Stop Taking PrEP

In his blog on taking pre-exposure prophylaxis, Jake Sobo asks: do we stop taking PrEP if we start a long-term relationship?

Published
17 January 2013
From
Frontiers LA
Yusef Azad: Why the Government Risks Letting People With HIV Down

Lord Collins of Highbury stood up in the House of Lords on Tuesday and introduced a debate on how the Government has failed to deliver a much needed national HIV strategy. In doing so he raises the question, one the National AIDS Trust also wants answered, how serious is the Government about tackling HIV?

Published
17 January 2013
From
Huffington Post UK
HIV Transmission Risk Essentially 0 if Heterosexual Partner Has Undetectable Viral Load

A multistudy review of HIV-discordant heterosexual couples estimated an HIV transmission rate of 0.0 to 0.14 per 100 person-years when the positive partner has an undetectable viral load thanks to antiretroviral therapy.

Published
17 January 2013
From
NATAP
Why we need a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial among gay men in the UK

We need new HIV prevention methods, as 3000 gay men are diagnosed with HIV in the UK each year.

Published
16 January 2013
From
Medical Research Council
House of Lords questions on HIV Strategy for England

Question: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a cross-departmental HIV Strategy for England, in line with the Political Declaration made at the United Nations General Assembly in 2011.

Published
16 January 2013
From
Hansard
Better Syringe Designs Could Nearly Eradicate Global Annual HIV Infections from Syringe Sharing Within Eight Years

Switching the type of syringe used by people who inject drugs could help curb HIV transmission in countries with injection-driven epidemics within eight years, according to a new article which summarizes existing evidence regarding how low dead-space syringes can help reduce HIV transmission and estimates potential impacts on HIV transmission among people who inject drugs.

Published
16 January 2013
From
Newswise (press release)

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