Community-based and comprehensive, response to HIV among people injecting drugs in Athens reversed climb in new cases

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Before 2011, when HIV infections among people who injected drugs in Athens, Greece rose suddenly and steeply, the epidemic of the virus in that country was classified as a low-level one; affecting less than 1 percent of the general population, and less than 5 percent of any of the populations at greatest risk. In the […]

Rural Cameroon study indicates need to double HIV treatment success, monitor outcomes in west, central Africa to control epidemic

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Researchers cite critical need for stronger capacities in remote areas to find treatment resistance, failure The numbers of people who are receiving antiretroviral treatment HIV in remote rural areas of west and central Africa for whom that treatment is succeeding is about half of what it needs to be to achieve control of the epidemic by United Nations 90-90-90 goals, researchers […]

In point of care testing, quality counts

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In places where rates of diseases that include malaria, HIV and tuberculosis are highest, the obstacles to tackling them begin with diagnosis. While the people most affected are likeliest to live on the edges of a city or in more remote rural areas, a recent edition of African Journal of Laboratory Medicine notes, most diagnostic […]

HIV viral load testing capacities progress, require global support, multiple partners to reach 90-90-90 goals

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Four of seven sub-Saharan African countries followed by researchers over the last year and a half now can track the effectiveness of HIV treatment among all patients receiving it with tests to measure the levels of virus in their bodies at least once a year, according to an update in last week’s Centers for Disease […]

World AIDS Day: We’re reading about history, progress, gaps, and the costs of inequities

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The AIDS.gov Timeline of HIV/AIDS, first posted in 2011 and updated since, is  a good place to go for a look at the winding path of recognition and response to HIV. From the announcement of the “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals” to the formation of the first community based response of the Gay Men’s […]

WHO issues guidelines for HIV self-testing, partner notification

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Noting persisting lags in HIV diagnoses, particularly among men, adolescents and people — including men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and individuals who earn income through sex work — who are marginalized by discriminatory laws and policies, the World Health Organization today released guidelines to help nations and programs use self-testing for HIV as […]

Rapid Response Fund aims to maintain HIV service access for sexual minorities

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Organizations in 29 countries are eligible for emergency funds, support for longer term measures to counter treatment barriers In the weeks after Nigeria passed its 2014 law banning gay people from gathering, and criminalizing organizations that supported them, programs providing HIV services for men who have sex with men and other sexual minorities in that […]

Review: Opioid substitution therapy access with HIV care improves antiretroviral treatment outcomes for people who inject drugs

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From starting treatment, to sticking with it, to suppressing virus, from the United States to Ukraine, services that support dual needs of people who inject drugs and live with HIV pay off, a look at 32 studies spanning two decades finds A systematic analysis of studies examining the impacts on antiretroviral treatment goals of access to […]

Leaders launch “a super-fast-track framework for ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020”

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It all comes down to math, science, policies, people on the ground and resources to support them Global health leaders gathered on Capitol Hill Wednesday to announce a new set of HIV response goals and to say with an increasingly familiar blend of optimism and realism that while the work that is needed to stop […]

WHO HIV guidelines adopted last where they would make the biggest difference, study finds

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Analysis of national policies also notes that implementation lag also leads to missed prevention and life-saving opportunities When the World Health Organization issued an early update to its HIV treatment guidelines in September 2015, the new recommendations drew on years of mounting evidence that immediate antiretroviral treatment for people diagnosed with the virus saves lives, […]