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How San Francisco plans to 'get to zero' new infections of HIV

An ambitious new plan in San Francisco aims to completely end the transmission of HIV, which infects about 50,000 people every year nationwide. In a city where huge strides have already been made in battling the epidemic, public health officials, doctors and activists are increasing their efforts to bring the number of new HIV infections down to zero.

Published
13 April 2015
From
PBS NewsHour
Living With Drugs: France approves safe injection rooms for users

France has approved drug consumption rooms where drug users can consume their drugs under the supervision of health professional.

Published
13 April 2015
From
International Business Times
An HIV Cure and a Vaccine within the Next 15 Years?

Earlier this year, Bill Gates caused a ripple in the media by expressing optimism that a vaccine and a cure for HIV will become a reality within the next 15 years. From TAG’s perspective, Gates’s buoyancy does have some scientific basis—there have been encouraging signs of progress on both the vaccine and cure fronts in recent years—but the challenges that lie ahead must not be underestimated.

Published
13 April 2015
From
Treatment Action Group
Revolutionary PrEP program in Illinois halted by governor before launch

In December 2014 the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) publicly unveiled a program aimed at increasing access to the drug Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to help HIV-negative people remain uninfected. But shortly after Governor Bruce Rauner took office, he issued an Executive Order that halted all “nonessential” spending in Illinois, which included PrEP4Illinois.

Published
12 April 2015
From
AIDS Chicago
Broadly Neutralizing Antibody Suppresses HIV in Clinical Trial

There is now intense interest in learning whether the blossoming array of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) can be put to therapeutic and preventive use. A paper published yesterday in Nature describes encouraging results from a phase I trial involving the bNAb 3BNC117. Reflecting the level of interest in the topic, the paper has attracted extensive press coverage.

Published
10 April 2015
From
TAG
Women in PrEP trial feared they would have to leave study if they reported low adherence

Post-study interviews and computer questionnaires conducted with former participants in a trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that reported zero effectiveness show that participants concealed their low adherence to

Published
10 April 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Still refusing to date HIV+ guys? Here’s why you could be putting your health at risk

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why arguments for not having sex with gay men who are HIV positive make little sense – and could actually pose a danger for those who are HIV negative

Published
09 April 2015
From
Gaystar News
In first human study, new antibody therapy shows promise in suppressing HIV infection

The new study, conducted in Michel Nussenzweig’s Laboratory of Molecular Immunology, finds that administration of a potent antibody, called 3BNC117, can catch HIV off guard and reduce viral loads.

Published
09 April 2015
From
Rockefeller University press release
We Should Have a Better Condom by Now. Here’s Why We Don’t

In 1993, Danny Resnic was having anal sex during a casual hookup in Miami Beach when his partner’s latex condom broke. After several weeks of worrying about the broken condom, Resnic got tested for HIV. The test came back positive. “I couldn’t believe it,” Resnic says today. “‘Cause I was really vigilant. I lost all my friends during the AIDS crisis, and I used condoms religiously. And then when one broke, I thought, ‘How could that happen?’ Resnic became obsessed with answering that question: he set out to build a better condom.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Slate
HIV prevention within serodiscordant couples: A changing paradigm

Serodiscordant couples (where one partner is HIV negative and the other is HIV positive) are often thought to be at “high risk” of HIV transmission. However, new understandings of the biology of HIV transmission and the emergence of new HIV prevention options mean that the HIV transmission risk within these couples can be reduced to very low, even negligible levels.

Published
07 April 2015
From
CATIE

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