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START findings highlight treatment divide

The START data show that basing treatment initiation on immune cell count is a form of rationing. But whether, how soon, and even how the findings will change clinical practice is another question.

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4 hours ago
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Science Speaks
The HIV 'emergency' isn't over, says PEPFAR chief

Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. global AIDS coordinator and director of the largest initiative to combat a single disease, talks data, PEPFAR's future and the AIDS emergency we still face in this video interview.

Published
4 hours ago
From
Devex
Australia: Victoria repeals section 19A to reduce HIV stigma in law

THE repeal of Section 19A of the Victorian Crimes Act, specifically criminalising the transmission of HIV, has passed the upper house of the Victorian Parliament with bipartisan and cross-bench support. The only law of its kind in Australia, and while 19A has never successfully been used to convict, it has widely been considered to contribute to the stigma experienced by people living with HIV.

Published
6 hours ago
From
Sydney Star Observer
PrEP in the eyes of a young Thai gay man

To take PrEP or not to take PrEP? That is the question; the question that’s trending among gay men, me included, who are still learning about the breakthrough medication.

Published
10 hours ago
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APCOM
UK male rape charity Survivors UK has state funding slashed to zero despite 120% rise in men seeking help

Survivors UK, which has received £70,000 a year from the Ministry of Justice for the past four years to fund its counselling services, is now being placed under significant pressure at a time when tackling rape, sexual violence and child sexual abuse has become a key focus for the police and the government following the revelations of Jimmy Savile’s years of abuse.

Published
10 hours ago
From
The Independent
Large-scale study underscores value of routine Xpert testing on TB, MDR TB case finding

A study of more than 100,000 patients with suspected tuberculosis at 18 sites across India showed that routine testing using Xpert molecular technology rather than the most commonly used — and oldest — diagnostic tool of examining a sputum smear under a microscope, increased detection of TB by 39 percent and led to five times the rate of detecting resistance to a TB treatment medicine.

Published
11 hours ago
From
Science Speaks
Motsoaledi refutes claims South Africa faces drug shortages

The health minister says the media portrays the department as failing to provide drugs for patients, but supply is also subject to business decisions.

Published
11 hours ago
From
Mail & Guardian
Consumers Sue Anthem for Denying Coverage for a Hepatitis C Drug

The controversy over the new crop of hepatitis C treatments has taken yet another turn as consumers are starting to file lawsuits against insurers that deny them access to the medicines. Over the past two weeks, two different women alleged that Anthem Blue Cross refused to pay for the Harvoni treatment sold by Gilead Sciences because it was not deemed “medically necessary.”

Published
12 hours ago
From
Wall Street Journal
UNAIDS welcomes further evidence that starting antiretroviral therapy early saves lives

“Every person living with HIV should have immediate access to life-saving antiretroviral therapy,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Delaying access to HIV treatment under any pretext is denying the right to health.”

Published
12 hours ago
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UNAIDS
i-Base Q&A on the START study results

On 27 May 2015, early results showed that the early treatment group did better. One of the surprises is that even at very high CD4 counts, treatment reduces the risk of HIV related illnesses.

Published
12 hours ago
From
HIV i-Base
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