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Universal Test and Treat Won't Stop HIV Epidemic

Universal test-and-treat strategies resulted in "modest to no reductions" in new HIV transmissions in three large population-based studies, writes Salim Abdool-Karim, MD, ChB, PhD, of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, in a commentary published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

20 July 2019
Medscape (requires free registration)
Intensive Anti-H.I.V. Efforts Meet With Mixed Success in Africa

Scientists tested a costly approach to curbing the AIDS epidemic: Test everyone in the community, and treat anyone who is infected.

20 July 2019
New York Times
Professor Chloe Orkin: Chair of the British HIV Association

Alice talks to Professor Chloe Orkin, Chair of the British HIV Association, and a medical activist committed to the U=U campaign.

15 July 2019
Audioboom / The Dorothy Project
Louisiana HIV Rates Are the Lowest in a Decade

Doctors attribute the drop to increased testing and U=U.

10 July 2019
Almost Half Of Brits Would Feel Uncomfortable Kissing Someone With HIV

The research from sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust also found 64% of Brits would feel uncomfortable having sex with someone living with HIV (even if they’re on treatment) and 41% of Brits believe anyone with HIV can pass it on. These attitudes persist despite huge medical progress meaning people on effective HIV treatment plans cannot pass it on.

04 July 2019
Huffington Post
HIV diagnoses in Australia drop to lowest number in 18 years

Australia continues to lead the world in HIV prevention and in 2018 recorded the lowest number of HIV diagnoses since 2001. According to a report released today by the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney, last year there were 835 HIV diagnoses across the country, which represents a decline of 23% over five years.

03 July 2019
University of New South Wales
Here’s why you test positive for HIV if you’re undetectable

Why might people living with HIV get tested for HIV? Now that we know undetectable equals untransmittable (U=U), some people may have the misconception that if you’re undetectable, you will no longer test positive for HIV. They may think that if they test HIV-negative on an HIV test, they’ll be able to show this to their sex partners as a way to “prove” that they’re undetectable and untransmittable. Or, they may think it will be easier to tell partners they’re HIV-negative rather than undetectable and uninfectious.

11 June 2019
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
New Zealand: The tide turns on HIV

The goal to virtually eliminate HIV transmission in NZ by 2025 suddenly looks attainable. Dr Peter Saxon explains why.

17 May 2019
Stop doubting the evidence – people living with HIV and on effective treatment cannot pass it on

People living with HIV still have to face stigma due to people who refuse to believe the scientifically proven power of modern day effective treatment

09 May 2019
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Risk of HIV transmission through condomless sex in serodifferent gay couples with the HIV-positive partner taking suppressive antiretroviral therapy (PARTNER): final results of a multicentre, prospective, observational study

Our results provide a similar level of evidence on viral suppression and HIV transmission risk for gay men to that previously generated for heterosexual couples and suggest that the risk of HIV transmission in gay couples through condomless sex when HIV viral load is suppressed is effectively zero. Our findings support the message of the U=U (undetectable equals untransmittable) campaign, and the benefits of early testing and treatment for HIV.

03 May 2019
The Lancet
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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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