Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

START findings highlight treatment divide

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“It’s just more scientific evidence to back what we’ve been saying for a long time.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, announcing the conclusion of the START trial, which began in 2011 to assess “the best time for healthy HIV-infected people to begin antiretrovirals.” The announcement from the National Institute […]

START Trial data support starting antiretroviral treatment for HIV as early as possible

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An international trial has shown that starting antiretroviral treatment for HIV early significantly lowers risks of serious illnesses, including AIDS, compared to waiting for immune cell counts to drop. The START — Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment clinical trial — which enrolled 4,685 people living with HIV at 215 sites across 35 countries over the […]

Study asks: What if a “concentrated” HIV epidemic is bigger than 1 percent?

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In a “generalized HIV epidemic,” what if all transmission during sex work stopped? Call it a different kind of 1 percent — the kind that doesn’t connote privilege. In the definition that sets the course of HIV programming, an epidemic is considered “concentrated” among specific populations, (i.e. sex workers, people who inject drugs, and men […]

Budget cuts threaten HIV vaccine development, say experts

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New HIV infections would decrease by 40 percent within ten years after the launch of an HIV vaccine, experts said at an HIV Vaccine Awareness Day event on Monday hosted by AVAC, IAVI and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Advancements in technology have paved the way for an effective HIV vaccine, but progress is threatened […]

Court clears HIV treatment and human rights advocate Paul Kasonkomona in case highlighting free speech, recognition of men who have sex with men

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A Zambian High Court today affirmed the acquittal of human rights activist Paul Kasonkomona today in a case that highlighted obstacles to HIV prevention and treatment services in a country where sex between men remains a crime. Kasonkomona was arrested in 2013 shortly after speaking on a local talk show about the need for Zambia […]

For HIV counselors in Zambia, work hits close to home

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The following is a guest post from Karen Blyth, director of East Africa programs for Intrahealth International. They’ve lost children, family, and friends to HIV. Now they search their community’s churches, bars, schools, and markets, offering help to those who are at risk but often out of reach. By Karen Blyth In a small office […]

Neighborhood wealth inequality in sub-Saharan Africa predictive of greater HIV risk

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The following is a guest post from MEASURE Evaluation and Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill By Paul Brodish An Association between Neighbourhood Wealth Inequality and HIV Prevalence in Sub-Saharan Africa, published recently in the Journal of Biosocial Science, investigates whether community-level wealth inequality in the region predicts HIV serostatus. […]