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Trying to prevent and diagnose HIV at the same time – a Catch-22?

The doctors were puzzled by the fact that it wasn’t quite HIV. If it became HIV they could treat it. If it didn’t become HIV and went away they could discharge him. But this just being short of HIV all the time confused them.

Published
11 November 2018
From
Daily Maverick
Why almost no one in Nigeria is using HIV prevention drugs

In Nigeria, more than 3 million people are living with HIV, but less than 400 people at the highest risk of infection are using PrEP, widely regarded as a key tool in the battle against the disease’s spread.

Published
08 November 2018
From
Devex
Have Tent, Will Do Pop-up HIV Screening

One Tent Health provides pop-up HIV screenings of Washington, DC, residents in its eponymous 10-foot-by-10-foot white tent. Area college students volunteer to conduct the screenings, and the DC Department of Health (DOH) provides the rapid antibody test kits free of charge.

Published
08 November 2018
From
JAMA
Reaching the men: who are the partners of the young women with HIV in South Africa?

In the high-prevalence countries of southern Africa, young women under 25 bear the brunt of the epidemic, with continued high rates of HIV infection. So

Published
05 November 2018
By
Gus Cairns
Drug resistance accumulates fast in people with low but detectable viral loads, Kenyan study finds

A study measuring HIV drug resistance at two timepoints in Kenyan patients on second-line, protease inhibitor-based regimens has found very high levels of drug resistance in people with

Published
22 October 2018
By
Gus Cairns
Majority of US young adults who use drugs are not tested for hepatitis C or HIV

Only about a third of adolescents and young adults diagnosed with opioid use disorder in the United States are screened for hepatitis C virus (HCV) or HIV, even

Published
19 October 2018
By
Liz Highleyman
Regulator seizes almost 10000 unsafe STI + HIV test kits

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning people who buy STI test kits and HIV test kits online to make sure that they are purchasing from safe and legitimate sources

Published
17 October 2018
From
GOV.UK
Older people less likely to be offered an HIV test in English sexual health clinics

Despite their mandate to offer HIV testing to all attendees, sexual health clinics in England are less likely to offer a test to older patients, according to

Published
12 October 2018
By
Roger Pebody
Too Few Teens and Youth Adults Using Opioids Are Screened for Hepatitis C and HIV, New Study Finds

Despite their increased risk, only one-third of adolescents and young adults with known opioid use disorder (OUD) were screened for hepatitis C, according to a study released at the IDWeek conference in San Francisco. Furthermore, of those screened for hepatitis C, only 11% were also screened for HIV.

Published
10 October 2018
From
The Body PRO
Study confirms STIs make no difference to undetectability and infectiousness in people taking HIV treatment

A study conducted with gay men in Thailand has found that people who are diagnosed with HIV and start antiretroviral therapy (ART) are no less likely

Published
28 September 2018
By
Gus Cairns
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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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