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Study finds more than half of patients worldwide don’t access HIV treatment until immune systems are severely compromised

Data from nearly a million patients starting treatment for HIV across the world over the last decade shows 55 percent of them accessed antiretroviral treatment only after their immune cell — or CD4 — counts had dropped below 200, leaving them extremely vulnerable to illnesses and infections.

02 February 2018
Science Speaks
GlaxoSmithKline Projects Tough Environment for Triumeq and Tivicay

GlaxoSmithKline is witnessing increased demand for Tivicay as compared to Triumeq. Approximately 40% to 45% of the prescribed Tivicay is used by physicians with Gilead Sciences’ Tenofovir alafenamide (or TAF) therapy, Descovy. The company expects increased competition for its dolutegravir franchise after the launch of Gilead Sciences’ (GILD) integrase inhibitor, bictegravir.

01 February 2018
Market Realist
China Introduces Low-Cost, Single-Pill HIV Treatment

Five months after receiving approval from the China Food and Drug Administration, British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on Saturday introduced its market-leading antiretroviral drug Triumeq, which contains three active ingredients in a single pill.

24 January 2018
Sixth Tone
Immediate HIV Treatment Has Little Impact on Risk of Future Drug Resistance

Starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) immediately rather waiting until a person's CD4 count falls below 500 cells/µL has almost no impact on the person's risk of developing antiretroviral resistance over the next seven years, according to a study published online in the journal AIDS. In this 51,000-person analysis, the impact of immediate ART on acquired drug resistance disappeared almost completely among people starting treatment in 2005 or later.

07 January 2018
The Body Pro
NHS England have announced funding for immediate antiretroviral treatment for HIV patients

NHS England has announced that it has agreed that HIV antiretroviral medication will be provided to patients immediately once someone is diagnosed.

19 December 2017
Gay Times
Who Resists Starting ART Therapy for HIV?

The study found that the demographic characteristics of patients who failed to initiate ART within 2 years of entering care were not as important as clinical factors. Higher CD4 count, lower viral load, and a prevalent AIDS diagnosis were clinical characteristics associated with delayed ART initiation.

07 September 2017
MD Mag
Globally, People With HIV Are Starting Treatment Earlier

But the median CD4 count at treatment start is below 350, which means work is needed to catch up to World Health Organization guidelines.

21 August 2017
Terrence Higgins Trust and BHIVA advise on the use of generic HIV antiretroviral therapy

We believe that people living with HIV should be at the heart of decisions made about their care. Therefore decisions around switching to generic HIV medication should be based on a full discussion between a person living with HIV and their HIV clinician.

16 August 2017
Terrence Higgins Trust
Guidelines for managing advanced HIV disease and rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy

The objectives of these guidelines are to provide recommendations outlining a public health approach to managing people presenting with advanced HIV disease, and to provide guidance on the timing of initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all people living with HIV.

23 July 2017
World Health Organization
Study: 1 in 3 Patients Starts HIV Treatment Late in 10 Countries

A large team of international researchers has found 30 percent of HIV positive individuals in nearly a dozen countries delay starting life-saving drugs. A study spearheaded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at the prevalence of HIV in Haiti, Vietnam, Nigeria, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

09 June 2017
Voice of America

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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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