Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

IAS 2019: Collapse of Venezuela’s health infrastructure dismantles HIV response

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MEXICO CITY – A decade ago, Venezuela had one of the most progressive responses to its HIV epidemic in the world. In the 1990s the country’s Supreme Court mandated that the government provide lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, catalyzing a national HIV program which provided comprehensive care to everyone who qualified. Now, after more than five years […]

IAS 2019: Scientist highlights the weight of the smallest organism in HIV risk

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MEXICO CITY – When you think of factors associated with increased risks of acquiring HIV, big pictures of marginalization, discrimination, geographic location, economic inequities and gender inequality might come to mind. With two maps here on Tuesday, a scientist zeroed in on a factor that, while literally microscopic, can also make a great difference: bacteria. On […]

IAS 2019: While dispelling concerns of DPM HIV risk, ECHO study yields data on STIs, PrEP interest, pregnancy rates

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MEXICO CITY – Women using Depo Provera as a long acting, injectable hormonal contraceptive showed lower rates of sexually transmitted infection that include chlamydia and gonorrhea, during a study undertook with the primary aim of assessing whether the drug raised risks of HIV infection. This is one in several findings released Monday from the Evaluation of […]

IAS 2019: Data shows indigenous, nonbinary populations among those missed by HIV epidemic ending efforts

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MEXICO CITY – Indigenous communities in the Americas are largely being left out of efforts to achieve UNAIDS’ global HIV elimination targets of 90 percent of people knowing their HIV status by 2020, 90 percent of people diagnosed with HIV accessing lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, and 90 percent of people on treatment achieving viral suppression, indigenous leaders […]

CROI 2019: Point-of-care viral load testing improves HIV outcomes, researchers say

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SEATTLE – People living with HIV who undergo HIV viral load testing at the point of health care delivery and receive their results immediately go on to achieve undetectable viral loads at higher rates than people whose  testing is done at laboratories, researchers said here. Results from the Simplifying HIV Treatment and Monitoring – or […]

CROI 2019: Thailand’s strides spanned HIV treatment, prevention and research

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SEATTLE – The first HIV vaccine trials to yield signs of hope happened here. Thailand was also the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Now, Thailand has achieved the first part of UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 targets: 98 percent of people infected with HIV know their status. Of that, 70 percent are receiving HIV […]

Global burden of disease report shows gains made from HIV response, work that remains to respond to infectious disease

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Global life expectancy has increased by 10.2 years since 1980, with the most marked increases occurring over the past decade in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the expansion of antiretroviral therapy and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV activities have expanded life expectancy by more than ten years in countries with the highest HIV burdens. Zimbabwe in […]

Community systems strengthening needed to end HIV, TB

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As the global HIV community gathers this week in Durban, South Africa for the International AIDS Conference, their focus should be on strengthening community-led responses, along with health systems strengthening to reach UNAIDS’ goal of testing 90 percent of people living with HIV, getting 90 percent of them on antiretroviral therapy, and suppressing the virus […]

Born free of HIV but dying from the “silent killer”: The crisis of syphilis

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Science Speaks staff writer and Global Health Policy Research Coordinator Rabita Aziz is attending and writing from the McGill University Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health this week. MONTREAL —  In Haiti, activities to prevent mother to child transmission were working, Rosanna Peeling of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was […]