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HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO

A shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection, warn experts from the World Health Organization.

Published
24 August 2016
From
BBC Health
Viral load pilot study shows roll-out will depend on an educated workforce

For viral load testing to prevent treatment failure, drug resistance and onward transmission, treatment programmes will need to invest in better record-keeping and clinic procedures, human resources,

Published
22 July 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
More confidence on zero risk: still no transmissions seen from people with an undetectable viral load in PARTNER study

The PARTNER study, which two years ago created headlines by establishing that the chance of an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load transmitting their virus was

Published
19 July 2016
By
Gus Cairns
MSF Report - Making Viral Load Routine

Based on a survey performed across ten MSF supported ART sites and seven viral load testing laboratories in February 2016, “Making viral load routine” aims to share practical lessons from the field with Ministries of Health and implementing partners. The report reflects both on the programmatic strategies required within the clinic (for clinicians, counsellors and patients) and the realities of both setting up and keeping a viral load testing laboratory functional in such settings.

Published
12 July 2016
From
MSF
Less frequent CD4 and viral load monitoring safe for people doing well on ART

The frequency of routine monitoring for people treated with antiretrovirals with viral suppression can be safely reduced from every three months, to every six months, investigators from

Published
13 June 2016
By
Michael Carter
Very high levels of drug resistance seen in people experiencing first-line antiretroviral therapy failure in Kenya

A cross-sectional survey of viral load in patients attending the largest HIV clinic in Kenya has shown that after an average of nearly two years

Published
31 May 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Indian study proves that more people virally suppressed in a population equals fewer HIV infections

The proportion of people living with HIV in a population who have a detectable viral load is much more strongly associated with the rate of

Published
06 April 2016
By
Gus Cairns
People with HIV considerably overestimate their chance of infecting someone

Only a small proportion of HIV-positive people in a large US treatment study, ACTG A5257, regarded themselves as non-infectious after up to three years on antiretroviral therapy (ART),

Published
24 February 2016
By
Gus Cairns
HIV and drug resistance

A recent study found more resistance to the antiretroviral medicine tenofovir than had previously been reported, with 20% resistance to tenofovir in patients with treatment failure in Europe and over 50% resistance in patients with treatment failure in sub-Saharan Africa... The study underlines the importance of rapidly identifying treatment failure through routine measurement of viral load suppression—this is the basis of the third pillar of UNAIDS’ 90–90–90 treatment target, that 90% of people accessing HIV treatment have suppressed viral loads.

Published
09 February 2016
From
UNAIDS
Malawi: Govt Launches HIV Viral Load Scale Up Strategic Implementation Plan

Government on Wednesday launched the Viral Load scale Up Strategic Implementation Plan for the years 2015 to 2018.

Published
19 January 2016
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AllAfrica

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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