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  • More than 1 year to HIV control raises failure risk almost 10-fold

    Failure to reach an undetectable viral load in the first year of antiretroviral therapy (ART) led to nearly a 10-fold higher risk of subsequent virologic failure in a 17,000-person North American analysis [1]. Taking more than 1 year to control HIV did not confer a higher risk of low-level viremia or viral blips in this 6-year study.

    15 March 2019 | NATAP
  • Up to 95% virologic response rate with rapid ART in safety-net clinic

    Up to 95% of people with newly diagnosed HIV and beginning antiretroviral therapy (ART) within a week of diagnosis reached a viral load below 50 copies in the first year of therapy. High proportions of people in this San Francisco safety-net clinic had a substance use disorder, a major mental health diagnosis, or unstable housing.

    14 March 2019 | NATAP
  • Wider ART Rollout Tied to Declines in HIV Mortality in Kenya

    Both all-cause mortality and mortality among HIV-positive people dropped in Western Kenya following a scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART), a researcher said here. From 2011 to 2016, all-cause mortality dropped from 10.0 per 1,000 person years (95% CI 8.4-11.7) to 7.5 per 1,000 person years (95% CI 5.8-9.1), reported Emily C. Zielinski-Gutierrez, DrPH, of the CDC.

    12 March 2019 | MedPage Today
  • Uganda: Financial incentives do not boost HIV viral suppression rate

    Financial incentives had no effect on viral suppression among HIV-positive adults in Uganda, according to a recent study. Researchers said these findings suggest a need for better interventions to promote the achievement of viral suppression.

    25 January 2019 | Healio
  • The Lisbon Patient: Meet the man living with HIV who's about to turn 100

    Referred to in a soon-to-be published case study as “The Lisbon Patient,” Miguel -- which is not his real name -- is also the oldest documented person with HIV in the world.

    18 December 2018 | CTV
  • Kenya: Riddle of gender disparities in HIV-Aids deaths

    Why are men more likely to die from HIV compared with women?

    01 December 2018 | Daily Nation
  • Navigating Mixed Messages About HIV

    We are required to both downplay the seriousness of HIV and to stress its terrible impact. Here’s the view I favor.

    08 June 2018 | Poz
  • Starting HIV treatment at diagnosis slashes drop out, drug failure rates, China study finds

    Patients diagnosed with HIV who started antiretroviral treatment within 30 days had significantly lower rates of dropping out of treatment, and higher rates successful treatment, than those who started later, particularly those who started more than three months after their diagnosis, a study in China has found.

    04 June 2018 | Science Speaks
  • Continuous Medicaid Coverage Essential for People Living With HIV

    Implementing initiatives to maintain Medicaid enrollment and expedite re-enrollment and having alternate resources available during gap times may be important to ensure continuous antiretroviral therapy (ART) to optimize HIV outcomes, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

    01 June 2018 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • Viral suppression among transgender women is improving, but results are still below the national average

    Recently we took a close look at the progress that has been made in the overall percentage of people diagnosed with HIV who have achieved viral suppression in the United States. The overall results showed improvement but hid the fact that some populations are at risk of being left behind.

    21 May 2018 | The Black AIDS Institute
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