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Detectable HIV Despite Treatment? Clonal Expansion Could Be The Culprit

In a study of people with a low but detectable viral load despite adherence to treatment, infected cells were apparently cloning themselves.

Published
14 March 2019
From
Poz
When Undetectable Is Unachievable: Study Offers Insights into HIV Persistence

Rarely, people living with HIV are unable to maintain an undetectable viral load despite strict adherence to daily ART. New NIAID-funded research suggests that this sometimes can occur when a single cell from the HIV reservoir—the population of long-lived HIV-infected cells that ART cannot eradicate—multiplies to create many identical cells that produce enough virus to be detected by standard viral load tests.

Published
11 March 2019
From
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
HIV prevention study finds universal 'test and treat' approach can reduce new infections

New HIV infections declined by 30 percent in southern African communities where health workers conducted house-to-house voluntary HIV testing, referred people who tested positive to begin HIV treatment according to local guidelines, and offered other proven HIV prevention measures to those who tested negative. Local guidelines evolved during the study from offering HIV treatment based on immune health to offering immediate treatment for all.

Published
05 March 2019
From
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
'Test and Treat' reduces new HIV infections by a third in African communities

New HIV infections in southern Africa could be reduced substantially by offering entire communities voluntary HIV testing, and immediately referring those who test positive for HIV treatment in line with local guidelines, according to new research presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle, USA today.

Published
05 March 2019
From
Imperial College London
Innovative HIV prevention projects reached 170,000 people in 2018

Projects working towards preventing HIV across England, which were funded by the Public Health England (PHE) HIV Innovation Fund, reached around 170,000 people at-risk of, or living with HIV - as well as the general public in 2017 to 2018.

Published
28 February 2019
From
Public Health England
Viral load monitoring motivates HIV treatment adherence in eSwatini

The treat-all policy will only succeed if people keep taking their HIV treatment. It is important to motivate people who started treatment while they were still feeling well. 

Published
24 February 2019
From
AVERT
Relationship counseling encourages couples HIV testing

Lynae Darbes, associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan, developed an intervention designed to improve the likelihood that couples will decide to engage in HIV testing together. The idea was that providing relationship skills to couples would improve their communication and their relationship in general, and this would in turn improve their ability to talk about sex and HIV--as well as HIV testing.

Published
08 February 2019
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
HIV Hidden in Patients' Cells Can Now Be Accurately Measured

Researchers can now quickly and accurately count a hidden, inactive form of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that lurks in patients' cells. This version of HIV embeds into cells' genomes and can persist despite otherwise successful therapies - thwarting attempts to cure the infection.

Published
31 January 2019
From
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
For Our Stable HIV Patients, Why Are We Still Sending All These Lab Tests So Often?

Do the guidelines for laboratory monitoring still make sense when our HIV treatments have become so safe and effective?

Published
29 January 2019
From
NEJM Journal Watch
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.

Published
25 January 2019
From
Healio

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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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