Daily Archives: March 7, 2012

New approaches needed to improve HIV testing and subsequent linkage to care

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Investigators at the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections Wednesday reviewed studies looking to improve linkage to care rates after HIV diagnosis in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Gabriel Chamie of the University of California at San Francisco discussed outcomes in a routine linkage-to-care strategy versus and an enhanced strategy for accelerated antiretroviral therapy (ART) start […]

A case for viral load monitoring in resource poor settings

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Dr. Michael Saag presented data on behalf of the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) about a randomized trial of routine versus discretionary viral load monitoring among adults starting antiretroviral (ART) in Zambia Wednesday at the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. In mid-2004 when ART was rolled out, the decision was […]

HIV program growth in Africa is not affecting patient retention rates

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The following is a guest blog post by HIV Medicine Association Executive Director Andrea Weddle, who is live-blogging from the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle. Patient retention in HIV programs has remained stable in a number of resource-limited countries despite rapid patient caseload and program growth since 2003. According to […]

PEPFAR: “One of the greatest global health achievements in recent history”

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Data shows HIV investments in PEPFAR focus countries lowered mortality by 20 percent compared to non-focus countries Dr. Eran Bendavid of Stanford University set out to convince an audience at the 19th Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) Wednesday that assistance to Africa through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program […]

HIV incidence lowers as Medical Male Circumcision rates increase

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The following is a guest blog post by HIV Medicine Association Executive Director Andrea Weddle, who is live blogging from the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle. HIV incidence among non-Muslim men has decreased with greater uptake of voluntary medical male circumcision (MMC) in Uganda, according to data presented Tuesday at CROI. […]

AIDS-Free Generation may remain elusive goal

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Dr. Dorothy Mbori-Ngacha from UNICEF presented a sobering picture of the potential to eliminate 90 percent of HIV infections among children by 2015—the goal established by UNAIDS and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program in June of 2011.  She outlined the four pillars of the achieving that goal at the 19th […]

Eye on Rwanda – successes and challenges in HIV testing and treatment

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In many ways, Rwanda is a success story in terms of provision of services to people with HIV — just 18 years after 800,000 people were massacred in the country’s 1994 genocide. Anita Asiimwe, MD, MPH, of the Rwanda Biomedica Center in Kigali, drew a picture of what is seen on the ground for an […]