Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

Men lagging behind women on HIV treatment rolls, viral load monitoring gets scaled up . . . we’re reading about catching up to get ahead in a World AIDS Day MMWR, and more

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Lower levels of antiretroviral therapy enrollment among men with HIV compared with women — The latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report includes this examination of  765,087 HIV treatment records from 12 countries, between 2002-2013, in what it says is the most comprehensive look  yet at disparity between the numbers […]

Campaign highlights patients’ right: “Be Healthy — Know your viral load”

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By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. UNAIDS, 2014, 90-90-90 It is the last stop, essential to the success of […]

MSF on viral load testing: Question in resource poor settings is not whether, but how to make a standard of care the standard in practice

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It is the standard of care in wealthy countries, a means of  tracking the effectiveness of and adherence to drug regimens before failure causes illness, and it is the measurement of the most critical goal of HIV treatment — protecting health and lowering transmission risks by making the virus undetectable. And yet, in resource poor […]