Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Rates of hepatitis B among people living with HIV more than double estimated rates across general population globally, study finds

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More than 8% of people living with HIV worldwide also live with hepatitis B virus, a disease that increases death rates and accelerates liver damage among them, a study reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases found. About a quarter of those living with both infections have active replication of the hepatis B virus, that is likely […]

More than 150,000 Americans with HIV remain unaware of infection, while PrEP uptake represents fraction of need

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With an ambitious, but yet to be funded federal plan to end the American HIV epidemic within the next 10 years in front of Congress, about 14% of people living with the virus have yet to be diagnosed, just 18% of people at substantial risk of becoming infected are accessing the proven preventive drug that […]

What we’re reading: A World AIDS Day look at real changes needed to end HIV’s impacts

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The View From West Virginia – More than three decades after the first World AIDS Day amplified global calls for action against an escalating pandemic, the tools and the plan to end the American epidemic exist. But the view from West Virginia, described by HIV Medicine Association Chair Dr. Judith Feinberg finds policies, politics, poverty […]

WHO releases new HIV testing guidelines

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With the aim to reach an estimated 8.1 million people who are living with HIV, but remain unaware of their infection, the World Health Organization today released new and updated Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Testing Services For a Changing Epidemic. The guidelines recommended strategies to accelerate linkages to care, improve outreach to the most marginalized […]

ASTMH 2019: In plans to end AIDS impacts on children, an easier trip to the clinic could make all the difference

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND – In Malawi, where more than half the population lives in poverty, the available transportation to a clinic can determine whether a child or adolescent living with HIV gets treatment adequate enough to suppress the virus. At the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, where aisles […]

Treat all policies saw increased access, uptake of antiretroviral treatment among teenagers who had lived with the virus from infancy

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Well into the era of effective treatment for HIV, a question contributed to a lag in access to the life-saving antiretroviral drugs in resource limited countries: If everyone was eligible for the medicine, would those who need it most urgently be crowded out? Just the opposite, a study tracking data on antiretroviral treatment initiation among […]

More than 20 years after the advent of effective ART, hospitalizations, readmissions for HIV-related illnesses in southern U.S. highlight inequities

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With the discovery of combination antiretroviral treatment in 1996 came a remarkable turning point in the United States epidemic: Not only were people living with HIV living longer, they were staying out of the hospital, with admissions of people whose immune systems had been devastated by the virus dropping steadily, and lengths of stay for […]

IDWeek: Ending HIV as an epidemic will demand innovation, inclusion, an expanded workforce — and funding

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As the federal Ending the HIV epidemic takes form, experts talk details, challenges: “How do we get there from here?” WASHINGTON, DC – Nearly four decades into an epidemic that has taken the lives more than 700,000 people in America, still close to 40,000 people in this country are diagnosed with HIV here each year. […]

When viral suppression didn’t last, lowering barriers to HIV treatment and care made a difference

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The goals of controlling HIV sound like a straight forward series of three consecutive steps, one following another, when discussed in global and domestic epidemic-ending plans. If 90 percent of all people living with the virus knew it, 90 percent of them access antiretroviral treatment, and 90 percent of those on treatment — that is […]

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 […]