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2nd International Treatment as Prevention Workshop, Vancouver

Late breakers at treatment as prevention workshop: home-based testing, economic benefits of ART, and HIV services for men explored

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The late breaker session at the 2nd International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver Wednesday offered some interesting insights relevant to HIV treatment scale up. Home-based testing Nathan Ford from Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF or Doctors Without Borders) offered findings from a meta-analysis of home-based testing studies.  Their analysis found that home-based testing was an […]

Antiretroviral therapy as prevention: TB

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Stephen Lawn reminded the audience at the International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver on Wednesday that antiretroviral therapy (ART) goes a long way to protect HIV-infected individuals from tuberculosis (TB). The HIV-associated TB epidemic requires “radical interventions,” according to Lawn.  “DOTS [directly observed TB therapy, short course] just isn’t doing it.” He called the […]

Evaluating the options: Elimination of pediatric infection and treatment as prevention

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Chewe Luo, a senior adviser for UNICEF, discussed efforts to eliminate vertical HIV transmission from the perspective of treatment as prevention at the International Treatment as Prevention Workshop on Wednesday in Vancouver. She acknowledged that the maternal and child health platform could be a very effective entry point for treatment as prevention and for the […]

Evaluating a combination prevention intervention including ART in Botswana

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Vladimir Novitsky, from the Harvard School of Public Health, offered the audience at the International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver a snapshot of a four-year treatment as prevention study planned for Botswana.  Botswana has the highest antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage rate in southern Africa with more than 90 percent of individuals with CD4 counts […]

Treatment as prevention: Action in China

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Dr. Zunyou Wu, Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offered the audience at the 2nd International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver new information about China’s response to new evidence on treatment as prevention. The first response in 2011 was to scale up testing and treatment. In 2011, more than […]

Malawi and Option B Plus

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Despite its status as one of the poorest countries in Africa and its failed effort to garner a Round 10 grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – Malawi is moving forward to implement “Option B+” for pregnant women.  This means that pregnant and lactating women are enrolled in antiretroviral therapy […]

HIV treatment optimization and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Stephen Becker from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation updated the participants of the International Treatment as Prevention conference in Vancouver about the Foundation’s treatment optimization activities on Tuesday.  This initiative was conceived within the context of combination prevention and treatment and a constrained funding environment that does not permit treatment for all who need […]

CHAI finds low health care facility costs for HIV treatment

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Kate Condliffe from the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) presented a very interesting costing study at the International HIV Treatment as Prevention meeting in Vancouver Monday. The study analyzed the cost of providing antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the facility level at 161 representative facilities in Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia.  This was a […]