CROI 2019: PopART HIV prevention study brings confirmation but also questions

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Door-to-door HIV counseling and testing, followed by immediate access to treatment led to incidence drops — but with a caveat . . . SEATTLE – When the PopART study began in Zambia and  South Africa five years ago, the measures it would test among roughly a million people were so obviously beneficial, that the results […]

HPTN Annual Meeting: Is “PopART” research, or just good health practice?

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It sounds obvious, urgent, and ambitious: Make HIV counseling and testing as well as links to subsequent care and prevention services universally available, and watch the numbers of new infections drop steeply.

Increasingly, Richard Hayes of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said Monday, it also sounds practical.

PopART study to test impact of combo HIV prevention strategy

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Professor Richard Hayes of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LHSTM) will lead a team of researchers in a $37 million project – entitled PopART – to test innovative combination strategies to prevent HIV in African countries. That’s according to a press release from LSHTM last week that announced the joint effort to […]

Zambia, South Africa prevention study finds those with herpes virus facing six times HIV risk

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Communities’ HIV prevalence could be predicted “almost exactly” from prevalence of herpes virus, researchers find A study across 21 communities in Zambia and South Africa confirms a strong association between infection with the virus that causes genital herpes, and HIV infection, with findings that indicate being already infected with herpes simplex virus 2, or HSV2, […]

What we’re reading: World AIDS Day messages with urgency every day, and more

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Progress toward ending the HIV epidemic is challenged by threats to ACA – In a timely call for accountability, Chair of the HIV Medicine Association Dr. Melanie Thompson describes here how political battles to undermine the Affordable Care Act also undermine resources needed to win the war against HIV at home. Dr. Thompson, who also […]

CROI 2017: Coming “youth bulge” presents HIV responses with impetus, obstacles, opportunities

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SEATTLE – They are curious, impulsive and renownedly reckless. Studies have indicated they remain blissfully unaware of their risks, and unequipped to face them. Now, their numbers are growing fastest  in countries that are home to great risks — where rates of HIV infection are among the world’s highest and where current approaches to testing and treatment already […]

Household-based HIV and TB intervention boosts HIV testing, lowers community TB prevalence

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At the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, Dr. Helen Ayles presented some key results on behalf of the ZAMSTAR team from the first randomized trial of a combined HIV and TB intervention strategy to demonstrate a reduction in population prevalence of tuberculosis. The study, conducted in 24 communities in Zambia and […]