HIV in West and Central Africa – the state of an epidemic left behind

[From Avert, Nov 7, 2017] With just 42% of the 6.1 million people living with HIV across West and Central Africa aware of their HIV status, the region has fallen far behind their neighbours, and indeed the rest of the world, in their efforts to bring an end to the HIV epidemic. For more, click… Read More »

Where to Target HIV Prevention and Care to Reach MSM

[From MD Magazine, October 23, 2017] A study authored by researchers at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, estimated human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevalence rates among men who have sex with men (MSM) at local levels, highlighting areas where gay and bisexual men are at the greatest risk for infection. For more, click here.

CDC Agrees That Person with Undetectable HIV Cannot Transmit the Virus

[From healthline, October 3, 2017] If you can’t detect it, you can’t transmit it. Federal officials are finally on board with that message when it comes to HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced that they concur with scientific evidence asserting that when an individual has an undetectable HIV viral count,… Read More »

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

[From BBC, Sep 22, 2017] Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus – making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. For more, click here.

How you can help to prevent HIV

[Evening Standard, Sep 15, 2017] An innovative new Do It London campaign will run until early 2018 to help reduce HIV transmission in the capital. Funded by London boroughs, and delivered by a specialist team based in Lambeth, it encourages Londoners to “do it your way” when it comes to HIV prevention, with options including… Read More »

Doctors call on new BC premier to pay for PrEP

[From Daily Xtra, Aug 14, 2017] In an open letter published Aug 14, 2017, more than a dozen BC doctors and public health groups are calling on Premier John Horgan to immediately cover the costs of a drug that has been shown to effectively prevent the transmission of HIV. For more, click here.

Tiny packet is making a big—and growing—dent in childhood HIV

[From Medical Xpress, Aug 9, 2017] Developed in 2008, the Pratt Pouch—a ketchup packet-like pouch of antiretroviral drugs—has already saved thousands of lives in Ecuador, Zambia and Tanzania. And now, its reach is expanding in Ecuador and a new initiative will bring the pouch to Uganda. For more, click here.

Many Western European countries close to achieving UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets

[From aidsmap, June 25, 2017] Countries in Western and Southern Europe are well on their way to meeting the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, according to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Using data collected to the end of 2013, a survey of eleven countries shows that an estimated 84% of people with HIV were diagnosed,… Read More »

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