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U=U: What HIV Providers Should Know

[From The Body Pro, April 13, 2018] After years of programs focusing on prevention for positives, we’ve learned that treatment is in fact the best prevention option for people who are HIV positive. In fact, treatment works so well that people who successfully achieve viral suppression are not at risk of passing the virus on… Read More »

Research predicts likelihood of HIV testing based on race, sex/gender & sexual orientation

[From EurekAlert!, April 5, 2018] A new study has identified factors that lead to increased HIV testing among young adults, specifically how a person’s race, sex/gender, and sexual orientation is connected to their likelihood of getting tested for HIV. For more, click here.

HIV is surging in Lawrence and Lowell. The CDC wants to know why

[From Boston Globe, April 5, 2018] The US government will dispatch disease trackers to Massachusetts to investigate a puzzling cluster of new HIV infections in Lawrence and Lowell among people who inject drugs, a spike that could portend a resurgence of the deadly virus. For more, click here.

There Is No Cure for HIV – But Scientists May Be Getting Closer

[From TIME, March 8, 2018] Scientists now understand how HIV burrows itself inside cells and remains cloaked from the immune system’s watchful gaze–and they have some ideas about how to expose and annihilate it. For more, click here.

CDC: Few People Who Could Benefit From PrEP Are Using It

[From The Body Pro, Mar 8, 2018] The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on March 6 at the 2018 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston estimating that only a small percentage of people most at risk for HIV infection have actually been prescribed PrEP. For more, click here.

On-demand PEP to prevent HIV infection

[From Feb 21, 2018, CATIE] Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) can prevent HIV infection up to 72 hours after exposure. To expedite initiation of PEP, two Toronto clinics prescribed the medication in advance. 13% of “PEP-in-pocket” prescriptions were filled, resulting in zero infections. For more, click here.

Government of Canada announces support to help reduce HIV in British Columbia

[From Jan 23, 2018, Government of Canada] HIV/AIDS remains a persistent health issue in Canada and around the world. In Canada, an estimated 65,000 people are living with HIV and AIDS, and there are approximately 2,500 new HIV infections every year. Canada has made great progress in addressing HIV/AIDS in the last three decades; however,… Read More »

About 10 new HIV infections a year in northern B.C.

[From Jan 3, 2018, BC Local News] Although Northern Health’s overall trend in newly identified HIV diagnoses has been declining since it peaked in 2004, there are still about 10 newly identified cases every year in the region. For more, click here.

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