Category Archives: Live Blog Archive

CROI 2018: Women controlled HIV-protection gains ground with interim results from open-label trials of antiretroviral vaginal ring

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BOSTON – With high rates of uptake, high rates of use, and HIV infection rates less than half of what would otherwise have been anticipated, the continued development of vaginal rings loaded with antiretroviral drug as a means of protection from the virus gained a large measure of vindication in interim trial results released here […]

CROI 2018: HIV field can lead steps to integrate care, recognize human right to mental health

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BOSTON – In 25 years of a conference providing a forum for research on HIV and the conditions that can accompany life with the virus, this morning’s plenary talk was, apparently, the first to examine the interaction between mental health and risks of infection, treatment challenges and death. Still, Dr. Robert Remien of New York […]

CROI 2018: Dr. Harold Jaffe looks back — for lessons to inform responses to the next infectious disease outbreak

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BOSTON – Considering the strides in HIV science to be presented here this week, Dr. Harold Jaffe didn’t at first see the point of dwelling on the history of the epidemic, the topic he was asked to address here this morning. Then, he said, he thought about all the lessons those years had yielded, and […]

CROI 2018: HIV drug-resistance testing leads to “tremendous opportunity” to target, treatment, prevention, partner services

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BOSTON – Using existing analyses of viruses generated by drug-resistance testing among people diagnosed with HIV, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study identified 60 clusters of people across the United States among whom the virus was spreading at 11 times the rate  — at 44 transmissions per 100 person years — than […]

CROI 2018: 25 years of HIV science see “precision prevention,” hopes for long-term remission, attention to TB, and more

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BOSTON – Dr. Judith Currier, now chair of the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, didn’t attend the first CROI in 1993, but she remembers how things were then. A dozen years into the epidemic, AIDS was the leading cause of people in their most productive years. Care for people living with HIV meant […]

48th Union World Conference: Minimally invasive autopsies could fill in the blanks on causes of death

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – In places where a person can get sick with tuberculosis but never get diagnosed, or get diagnosed, but never treated, with their illness never reported, and where a person can die young without ever coming in contact with a health system, the uncertainties surrounding the true impacts of the TB continue all the […]

48th Union World Conference: In the long path to TB care, competence is among the obstacles

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – One after another, patients came to clinics and hospitals in rural China complaining of alarming, nagging and debilitating symptoms. They noted  coughs and fevers that didn’t go away, and that they were losing weight for no apparent reason. Their symptoms should have sounded familiar in the health centers of a country with […]

48th Union World Conference: Review finds missed opportunities for preventive therapy for children with HIV in Swaziland

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – While the vulnerability of children with HIV to tuberculosis has prompted World Health Organization guidelines recommending TB preventive therapy for children with the virus who are over a year old, a review of patient data across 10 years at a Swaziland center providing care to about a fifth of all children with […]

48th Union World Conference: Mozambique community-based group extends TB, HIV outreach

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – In Mozambique, a country where the burden of HIV and tuberculosis coinfection is high, a community-based organization is bringing services home in an effort to protect people living with HIV from dying of tuberculosis. Working with local health care facilities, and community-based counselors, ADPP works to identify household contacts and sexual partners of […]

48th Union World Conference: “While these drugs are new to the TB world, they’ve been around for a long time . . .”

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At a conference focused on “Accelerating toward elimination” attention turns again to stalled rollouts of the most promising medicines and regimens GUADALAJARA, Mexico – A tuberculosis survivor from India whose treatment spanned six years asked “Now that there is an alternative, why are we refusing to use these drugs?” A South Africa TB survivor explained how […]