Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

IAS 2019: With new data, WHO updates DTG guidelines including women in strong, preferred recommendation

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MEXICO CITY – Responding to expanded data gathered in Botswana and Brazil, and to input from communities of women living with HIV, the World Health Organization announced updated guidelines for the use of dolutegravir, restoring the agency’s recommendation that the antiretroviral medicine with fewer side effects, lower resistance, and quicker viral suppression than alternatives is […]

IAS 2019: Recency testing opens doors to faster, focused HIV responses, raises questions of community involvement

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MEXICO CITY – On Sunday here in a preconference session, U.S. PEPFAR leader Ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx extolled the value of HIV recency tests – a diagnostic advance that can tell if a person newly diagnosed with HIV was infected in the last year, or before. That information can help identify new clusters of transmissions, […]

Amid declining donor dollars, resource gaps threaten HIV goals, reports say

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Progress seen in recent years against the HIV pandemic, including in rising numbers of people diagnosed and treated accompanied by dropping rates of incidence and death, is slowing while populations long facing the most daunting obstacles to services remain at highest risk, according to a UNAIDS report released today. The data, including numbers showing that […]

Study: A sterile syringe program already in place would have significantly reduced Scott County HIV incidence

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Once outbreak was recognized, program put in place reduced number of ongoing transmissions, modeling shows In 2015, when 181 of rural Scott County, Indiana’s 24,000 residents were diagnosed with HIV, the data signaled the largest HIV outbreak in a rural setting among people who were injecting drugs yet seen in the United States. Triggering the […]

CDC: Across 20 PEPFAR countries, index testing for HIV doubled diagnosis rates

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Tracing and offering HIV tests to exposed partners and children of people living with the virus led to twice the rate of positive tests than all other HIV testing interventions combined across 20 countries between 2016 to 2018, according to an analysis in the current Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the U.S. Centers for […]

Will a vaccine crisis of confidence impact the global response to HIV?

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The following is a guest post by Mitchell Warren of AVAC This year’s annual HIV Vaccine Awareness Day arrives Saturday at a promising and also perilous time for vaccines. On one hand, multiple vaccine candidates that might protect against HIV are advancing in large clinical trials. Thanks to an extraordinary global commitment and US government […]

Communication was Dr. Manasseh Phiri’s prescription for infectious diseases

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Dr. Manasseh Phiri was working at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia when I met him 10 years ago, although his days as a practicing physician were well behind him by then. Dispirited by the unrelenting toll of AIDS in his country over the decades before life-saving treatment made it there, when locals […]

Reaching men through index testing can speed path to first “90” — and epidemic control

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To control the global health threat of HIV by 2030, according to UNAIDS, these goals must be reached by 2020: To diagnose 90 percent of all HIV-positive persons, provide antiretroviral therapy for 90 percent of those diagnosed, and to achieve viral suppression for 90 percent of those treated. The initial step in achieving this aim […]

As an opioid crisis drives the spread of HIV, Kentucky plan invests in harm reduction, training, care and community

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Using funds generated by Kentucky’s HIV drug assistance program, a plan launched this month will support urgent and ongoing responses to the infectious disease impacts of an injecting drug use epidemic From all the evidence that Dr. Alice Thornton and her colleagues could see in the growing numbers of patients coming through the doors of […]

What we’re reading: Thoughts on the White House budget proposal against a plan to eliminate U.S. HIV incidence

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Since the president’s Feb. 5 State of the Union address pledge to end transmissions of HIV in the United States in the next 10 years, and the release of a strategy the next day outlining plans to target the hardest hit counties and states, the most critical immediate unanswered questions have concerned funding for the […]