Category Archives: CROI 2019

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 […]

CROI 2019: Will the “Düsseldorf patient” make three — further propelling cure research?

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Five years after a stem cell transplant with the same critical factor as those received by the Berlin patient and the London patient, and four months after stopping antiretroviral treatment, a Düsseldorf man remains virally suppressed SEATTLE – Exemplifying both the caution and the optimism essential to HIV cure science, Dr. Björn-Erik Ole Jensen won’t […]

CROI 2019: Two “game changing regimens” together show promise for preventing TB in people living with HIV

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SEATTLE – A new and shorter drug regimen to prevent tuberculosis illness can safely be given to people with HIV who are on antiretroviral treatment regimens that include dolutegravir, researchers here announced. The finding is good news for people living with HIV for two reasons. The new regimen – consisting of the TB drugs isoniazid […]

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: The case of the London patient adds validation to one approach towards a cure

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SEATTLE – If you’re counting those in lasting remission from HIV, Dr. John Mellors of the University of Pittsburgh said here today, there’s been a doubling in their numbers. Now there are two. The dry tone of Mellor’s remarks, and the circumspect wording of Dr. Ravindra Gupta, the physician researcher of University College London, who he […]

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 […]

CROI 2019: Research and a moral obligation add up to a plan to end U.S. HIV incidence

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SEATTLE – Over the last decade, the evidence had continued to mount. From HPTN 052 to Partners 2 that HIV suppressed to undetectable levels is not transmitted, from the first results of antiretroviral drugs used for pre-exposure protection from the virus, to guidelines saying all people with high risks should be offered that option. Theoretically, […]