All the latest worldwide HIV and AIDS news, including treatment, prevention, and hepatitis and TB co-infections. News from our own team of writers plus articles we have selected from other sources.

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  • PrEP
    A daily pill can prevent HIV infections. Why don’t more people use it?
    Science | 13 March 2018

    Although millions of people around the world could benefit, only 200,000 are prescribed what’s called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and 75% of them are in the United States. “I’m frustrated,” says Linda-Gail Bekker, a researcher at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. “We have nearly 1700 infections every week in young women and girls, and this might be a way to throttle this.”

  • Telling people you have HIV
    Irish High Court rules teenager's HIV status need not be disclosed
    RTE | 13 March 2018

    Mr Justice Michael Twomey ruled that even if the woman was willing to have unprotected sex with the young man, and assume the risks associated with that, then the low risk of HIV in such circumstances, and the fact that HIV was not a terminal illness, could not justify breaching a patient's right to confidentiality, which should only be breached in exceptional circumstances.

  • Sexually transmitted infections
    HIV, syphilis cluster in teens, adults found in Milwaukee
    USA Today | 12 March 2018

    At least 125 people — including some high school students — have contracted HIV, syphilis or both in one of the largest sexually transmitted infection “clusters” seein in the USA. Most of those in the group are men and 45% were HIV positive, according to the Milwaukee Jornal-Sentionel.

  • HIV treatment
    Really Rapid Review — CROI 2018, Boston
    New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch | 12 March 2018

    Dr Paul Sax reviews the clinical highlights of CROI 2018.

  • Mental and emotional health problems
    Patients with HIV Six Times as Likely to Have Schizophrenia
    MD Magazine | 12 March 2018

    There is a six-fold higher prevalence of schizophrenia in people with HIV than that of the population without the virus, according to the results of a Vancouver, BC, Canada-based study.

  • Elimination of hepatitis C
    WHO urges countries to scale up hepatitis C treatment
    World Health Organization | 09 March 2018

    A new WHO report shows that the annual number of people receiving hepatitis C cure increased from around 1 million in 2015 to 1.5 million in 2016. However, global access to hepatitis C treatment remains uneven, with Egypt and Pakistan accounting for about half of all people starting direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment to cure hepatitis C in 2016.

  • Global health initiatives
    Peter Sands: charting a new course for The Global Fund
    The Lancet (requires free registration) | 09 March 2018

    Peter Sands had a stormy start before taking up his new position as Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on March 5, 2018. He was plunged into controversy last month after the decision by The Global Fund's senior management team to partner with Heineken, among other multinationals, and the implications for global health. The organisation, which invests and raises almost US$4 billion each year, is the world's largest public–private partnership set up to finance programmes to treat and prevent these three diseases and strengthen national health systems in the long term.

  • Mental and emotional health problems
    Mental Health, a Crucial Component to Ending HIV Epidemic
    MD Magazine | 09 March 2018

    At the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Robert Remien, PhD, stressed in his presentation that addressing mental health is a critical component to ending the HIV epidemic and achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals.

  • Kidney problems
    People With HIV and Kidney Disease Have Major Health Risks
    Poz | 09 March 2018

    Researchers urge clinicians to closely monitor their patients with HIV and chronic kidney disease.

  • Women
    Why a fulfilling sexual life with HIV matters
    The Conversation | 09 March 2018

    As International Women’s Day approaches, I believe now, more than ever, we have an opportunity to make a positive difference in sexual health and rights for women living with HIV. To do this, we need supportive social conditions in which women’s sexual needs and desires are not only respected but embraced. Although we pay most attention to preventing the transmission of HIV to intimate partners, women’s sexual concerns go far beyond condom use. We need to talk about the sexual changes they experience and how these individual vulnerabilities are linked to structural inequalities.

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Achieving the 90-90-90 target

With advances in HIV testing, treatment and care, some countries are making great progress towards the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target.

New EUROBulletin

Read the December edition of the Sexual Health & HIV Policy EUROBulletin.

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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