Tag Archives: treatment as prevention

Microbicides and other ARV-based prevention: Biomedical answers meet challenges on the ground

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Does adherence to using a product intended to prevent HIV acquisition depend on willingness, or ability to use the product? What are the factors — whether thoughts, beliefs, structural obstacles or social barriers — influencing both? The challenges that women have faced since the recognition of HIV in protecting themselves from getting the virus by […]

HIV transmission risks: Review updates CDC estimates, adds impact of treatment, condom use

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Authors of a comprehensive review of literature reporting data on per-act HIV transmission risks have updated the last estimates produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005, and in the process have highlighted the importance of treatment and prevention reaching those at greatest risk. The CDC’s estimates “relied heavily on estimates […]

Treatment as Prevention once again shown to lower incidence of illness, infection, death, in British Columbia findings consistent with Kwazulu Natal, other settings, authors say

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The idea was to document and demonstrate the effectiveness of the “Treatment as Prevention” strategy in fighting HIV and AIDS, but a population-wide study of data spanning 16 years in British Columbia’s HIV epidemic scored points for harm reduction and accessible, publically funded health care as well, it turned out. The PLOS One article on […]

HIV briefing panelists: Science yielded answers, now is the time to speed their application

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“In 1985, I managed only dying patients,” Dr. Myron Cohen told a packed room in the Russell Senate Office Building today. By 1995 that had changed, he added. In 2013, he continued, people with HIV stay alive and healthy with one pill a day. Cohen, along with fellow panelists Dr. Chris Beyrer, Dr. Laura Guay, […]

Dr. Myron Cohen: Treatment as prevention is a bridge to the future

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Dr. Myron Cohen had a broken arm in a sling, was talking on a subject he has discussed scores of times before, but all the same, he was having a good time. “It’s a really exciting time to be in AIDS research,” he explained. He was talking to an audience Wednesday evening at the George […]

AIDS Vaccine 2012 will highlight scope of promising prevention advances

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With a completed trial in Thailand that offered evidence a vaccine could be developed to protect people from HIV, emerging science identifying antibodies against HIV, and a current trial testing a novel vaccine combination against the virus potentially producing more information in the next year, this is an exciting time to hold a conference, organizers […]

WHO documents summarize current guidelines, progress, next steps, and pitfalls

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Remember when one of the objections to rolling out life-saving treatment to people living with HIV in developing countries was that lack of capacity to maintain treatment would lead to drug resistance on a massive scale? While that didn’t happen at the scary levels projected, the transmission of drug resistant strains of HIV continue to […]

More Evidence That ART Is Treatment & Prevention

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This post is by Global Center Director Christine Lubinski, reporting this week from CROI in San Francisco. The notion of treatment as prevention got a significant boost this week at CROI, where the results of a new study were presented by Deborah Donnell, MD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle. Dr. Donnell […]

CROI Opening Session: Guiding the Global Response

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This post is by Global Center Director Christine Lubinski, who is attending the Conference on Opportunistic Infections and Retroviruses (CROI) this week in San Francisco. This is her first post; check back regularly for her blogs throughout the conference. The opening plenary of this leading HIV scientific conference—titled “Guiding the Global Response”—highlighted efforts to model the […]

WHO Official: "Prevention and Treatment Are Two Faces of the Same Coin"

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The idea of HIV treatment as prevention got a major boost yesterday in the wake of a WHO meeting in Geneva on the use of antiretroviral therapy as a way to curb new HIV infections. “In the past, there has been a false dichotomy between prevention and treatment,” Teguest Guerma, interim director of the WHO’s […]