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International AIDS Conference, Vancouver, Canada

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: HIV self-testing promoted as new tool to reach first 90 of 90-90-90 UNAIDS targets

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VANCOUVER, Canada –  HIV self-testing has been a hot topic at this meeting beginning with the release of new HIV testing guidelines by the World Health Organization here that include it, and its  potential role in meeting the first 90 of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 framework. The number of people in the HIV epicenter that is […]

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: HPTN 068 and CAPRISA 007 cash incentive studies show value of school, financial support, but also show more is needed to protect young people from HIV

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VANCOUVER, Canada –  Two clinical trials evaluating the impact of cash incentives on HIV incidence in adolescents  in South Africa found that such incentives had no impact on HIV rates  while one saw a decrease in rates of herpes simplex virus. Nearly 3,000 South African high school students in 14 schools in high HIV incidence […]

IAS 2015: Confronting community realities together will beat AIDS, Amb. Birx says

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As usual, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator has the numbers to prove it, in Uganda where she says willingness to change is turning daunting numbers downward, and Malawi, where relevant practices are making a difference VANCOUVER, Canada – “Ending the HIV epidemic as a public health threat” is the stated mission of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator […]

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: Tuberculosis and poor implementation of proven interventions threaten people with HIV and TB

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VANCOUVER, Canada – Isoniazid preventive therapy is as effective in staving off tuberculosis as preemptively treating patients with HIV for tuberculosis, research results released here this morning showed. The findings came in one of a series of presentations this morning highlighting challenges posed by tuberculosis to the lives and well-being of people living with HIV, and failures to use proven […]

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 […]