First HIV-positive to HIV-negative liver transplant raises intriguing questions for cure research

[From aidsmap, Oct 19, 2018] “An HIV-negative child received a liver transplant from its HIV-positive mother and now appears to have no evidence of HIV infection apart from a very weak antibody response, despite extensive testing for the virus, South African researchers report in the journal AIDS. Researchers cannot decide whether the child has cleared HIV… Read More »

The HIV epidemic will not end unless we prioritise youth mental health

[From SciDevNet, Oct 22, 2018] “Over the last two decades, the world has made huge gains in the control of the HIVepidemic. But now, these gains are at risk of stalling.” For more, click here.

LGBTQ History Month: The early days of America’s AIDS crisis

[From NBC News, Oct 15, 2018] “When the AIDS plague finally took hold in the U.S., it surged through communities that the straight world preferred not to see. It took a few tries. The virus lurked in tropical regions of central Africa, and made several incursions into the American continent before becoming a global pandemic. HIV… Read More »

Wide range of views about switching to weekly, monthly or biannual ART

[From aidsmap, Oct 15, 2018] “Two-thirds of people taking combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) would be interested in switching to a once-weekly oral regimen should it become available, according to American research published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. Opinion was evenly split on switching to injectable therapy but treatment delivered using implants attracted relatively little interest.” For… Read More »

Government of Canada takes steps to address high rates of HIV and hepatitis C among people who share drug-use equipment

[From Government of Canada, Oct 11, 2018] “Sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections, including hepatitis C and HIV, are largely preventable. However, there are communities in Canada that have high rates of infection. This is a significant public health concern. The Government of Canada is taking steps to prevent the transmission of these infections and thereby protect… Read More »

Study links individual HPV types to HIV infection

[From Medical Xpress, Oct 5, 2018] “An international research team led by a scientist at the University of California, Riverside, has for the first time identified individual types of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, that are specifically linked to HIV infection.” For more, click here.

HIV and cervical cancer – a perfect storm for women in Africa

[From Avert, Oct 5, 2018] “Both HIV and cervical cancer present significant public health threats to women in sub-Saharan Africa. But while the threat of HIV is well documented, and the mass mobilisation of resources to treat HIV, unprecedented, cervical cancer is a relatively new and developing challenge for the region.” For more, click here.

People living with HIV underestimate the harm of smoking

[From aidsmap, Oct 3, 2018] “People with HIV in Denmark who smoke greatly underestimate the impact of smoking on life expectancy, a study of perceptions of life expectancy published this month in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes shows.” For more, click here.

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