Author Archives: Antigone Barton

WHO commemorates World Hepatitis Day in Egypt, where HCV infection rates are high, as are prices to critical medicines

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It is a disease estimated to afflict more than 150 million people worldwide, infecting from three to four million more each year, and killing about 700,000. In Egypt, the World Health Organization estimates that 10 percent of people between 15 and 59 years old live with the disease. That’s hepatitis C alone. The combined impact […]

IAS 2015: HIV surges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia while drug users are denied lifesaving services and donors retreat

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VANCOUVER, Canada – As a conference where discussions of southern and eastern countries told of tipping points, with numbers of people on HIV treatment greater than numbers of new HIV infections, drew toward its close Wednesday, Dr. Michel Kazatchkine painted a contrasting picture of the epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In this region […]

IAS 2015: Obstacles between diagnosis and care keep sex workers off treatment

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VANCOUVER, Canada – Of the many challenges women who make a living or augment their income through sex work confront, efforts to address one need sometimes seems to occur in isolation from others, presentations here highlighted today. Consider, for example, the case of sex workers in Iran, who one presenter from that country said, his government prefers to refer to […]

IAS 2015: UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal is useful if it helps programs focus, get out of the bedroom, treat those most affected as part solution

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VANCOUVER, Canada -When Francois Venter of Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute in South Africa got news of UNAIDS 90-90-90 goal last autumn, he told a morning audience here, he wasn’t eager to embrace another international agency target. But as targets go, this was not a bad one, he realized. At least 90 percent of […]

IAS 2015: As HPTN 052 ends, Dr. Cohen confirms findings with new insights

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Those whose antiretroviral treatment was delayed never recovered the immune cell counts achieved by those who initiated treatment earlier VANCOUVER, Canada – The first findings from the original “game-changing” HIV treatment study that Science magazine hailed as its “Breakthrough of the Year,” came four years ago, after trial monitors determined they were too good to keep under […]

IAS 2015: While “game-changing,” START trial draws “line in the sand” and sets “time a’ ticking” to stop preventable illnesses and death, calls for action are accompanied by questions of impact of inequities, obstacles

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Study also showed that most commonly used measure — CD4 count does not give accurate projection of illness risk VANCOUVER, Canada – Mostly, the findings of the START trial, detailed in a session here today give rise to words of unbridled vindication and ambition. With that they have also brought a challenge. Showing more than double […]

IAS 2015: WHO testing guidelines tackle “the most problematic” 90 of 90-90-90 with look at strategies

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WHO releases 2015 Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Testing Services with 5 Cs: Consent Confidentiality, Counselling, Correct Results and Connection VANCOUVER, Canada – It is lost on no one here that history in the fight against AIDS was made in this city once before, nearly two decades ago with the announcement that a combination of three […]

IAS 2015: Researchers, clinicians, leaders sign Vancouver Consensus

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VANCOUVER, Canada – A call for all countries to change policies, move resources, and lead efforts to provide antiretroviral drugs to treat all people living with HIV and to prevent transmission of the virus including through prophylactic use has been signed by heads of the worlds largest donor AIDS programs, the leader of UNAIDS, and […]

IAS 2015: WHO offers “sneak peek” at treatment guidelines, including treatment for all

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VANCOUVER, Canada – Treatment eligibility for everyone diagnosed with HIV without a wait for the virus to damage their immune systems, the option of treatment initiation for all pregnant women with HIV, integration of new options for first line treatment were among changes that will be spelled out in the next World Health Organization guidelines for HIV treatment […]