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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
Abbott gets WHO prequalification for point-of-care HIV test

The World Health Organization has granted prequalification to Abbot's point-of-care test of HIV viral load. WHO's action confirms the diagnostic, m-PIMA HIV-1/2 VL, meets its quality, safety and efficacy standards, potentially giving ministries of health and other funders the confidence to buy the test. Abbott said the diagnostic can expand access to viral load testing in resource-limited settings and, by extension, improve management of HIV.

12 May 2019
Med Tech Drive
Q&A: Understanding persistent low-level viremia in people with HIV

Persistent low-level viremia among people living with HIV who are adhering to treatment is a challenging issue for clinicians, and there is not much guidance available.

19 March 2019
More than 1 year to HIV control raises failure risk almost 10-fold

Failure to reach an undetectable viral load in the first year of antiretroviral therapy (ART) led to nearly a 10-fold higher risk of subsequent virologic failure in a 17,000-person North American analysis [1]. Taking more than 1 year to control HIV did not confer a higher risk of low-level viremia or viral blips in this 6-year study.

15 March 2019
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.

14 March 2019
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.

11 March 2019
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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. 

24 February 2019
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?

29 January 2019
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.

25 January 2019
How do we define “undetectable” in HIV prevention?

In real life, whether your viral load is 50, 100, or 200 copies may not matter as much as how long your virus has been suppressed.

23 January 2019
BETA blog
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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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