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Michel D. Kazatchkine: Is Armenia Close to Ending AIDS?

I was in Armenia very recently to learn about the country's response to its epidemic and came away undoubtedly pleased with progress on a number of fronts but concerned on others.

Published
05 May 2015
From
Huffington Post
Injectable PrEP: The Next Order of the Day

“The goal [for HIV prevention] is more choices,” said Raphael Landovitz, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Medicine at the UCLA Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education. “Injectable PrEP is the next order of the day.”

Published
05 May 2015
From
BETA blog
Gay and Bi Men Eager to Enter PrEP Demonstration Project

Transgender women and men who have sex with men have been eager to participate in the U.S. PrEP Demonstration Project, a real-world study of Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis.

Published
05 May 2015
From
AIDSMeds
European Court of Justice justifies some bans on donated gay blood

Lifetime bans on gay men donating blood may be justified as long as authorities have no access to “less onerous” methods of keeping blood supplies free from sexual infections, according to a ruling from the EU’s highest court.

Published
01 May 2015
From
Financial Times
Cuomo Announces Plan to Cut New AIDS Cases in New York

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wednesday what he called a blueprint to virtually eliminate AIDS in New York, a package of new laws and more aggressive use of antiretroviral drugs that brought cheers from some activists, if no guarantee it will come to fruition.

Published
01 May 2015
From
New York Times
Study: Give ARVs After Male Circumcision

Male circumcision has been proven to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. But a new study shows that in the short-term, the surgical technique could actually increase the risk of infection for female partners unless precautions are taken. The researchers therefore recommended that men be placed on antiretroviral therapy at the time of circumcision.

Published
29 April 2015
From
Voice of America
Improving the effect of HIV drugs by the use of a vaccine

A vaccine containing a protein necessary for virus replication can boost an HIV-infected patient's immune system, according to clinical research published in the open-access journal Retrovirology. This boost can result in increased effectiveness of antiretroviral drugs.

Published
29 April 2015
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
HIV prevention and risk behaviors follow weekly patterns

The peak time for seeking information on topics related to HIV, such as prevention and testing, is at the beginning of the week, while risky sexual behaviors tend to increase on the weekends and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) is slightly lower on weekends, according to a new analysis.

Published
27 April 2015
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Men taking HIV treatment have undetectable viral loads in the rectum; sexually transmitted infections make no difference

A small study assessing the infectiousness of HIV-positive gay men taking antiretroviral therapy has found that all study participants had an undetectable viral load in the rectum.

Published
24 April 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Daily PrEP leads to better adherence and protective drug levels in women

HIV-negative African women assigned to take once-daily Truvada for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) achieved better adherence than those assigned to take PrEP twice weekly or before and after

Published
22 April 2015
By
Liz Highleyman

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