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Biktarvy Approved to Treat Pediatric Patients With HIV-1

[From Monthly Prescribing Reference, June 19, 2019] “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved updated labeling for Biktarvy (bictegravir, emtricitabine, and tenofovir alafenamide; Gilead) to include treatment of both adult and pediatric patients weighing at least 25kg with HIV-1 who have no antiretroviral treatment history or to replace the current antiretroviral regimen in those… Read More »

Suicides outpace HIV deaths among gay, bisexual men; researcher urges more mental health support

[From CTV, June 19, 2019] “A recent update to an ongoing study found that, while deaths due to HIV continue to decline among gay and bisexual men in Canada, deaths by suicide are not. This is prompting the lead researcher, Travis Salway, to renew his call for more available mental health resources, particularly at STI… Read More »

An Open Letter to the Person Who Gave Me HIV

[From Vice, June 18, 2019] “When you tell someone that you’re HIV positive, the question they always want to ask is “how did you get it?” Some people just come right out and say it. Others are polite enough not to ask, but you can see the question sitting there, lingering behind their eyes. So… Read More »

PrEP reduces HIV infections by over 95% in US ‘real world’ study

[From aidsmap, June 18, 2019] “A study of people prescribed PrEP over a four-year period at a large centre in Los Angeles has found that HIV incidence in people taking PrEP was more than 95% lower than among service users who discontinued PrEP, and at least 92% lower than among the clinic population in general.”… Read More »

International rapid response team called over HIV/AIDS outbreak in Sindh: Dr. Zafar Mirza

[From Dawn, May 26, 2019] “Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza on Sunday announced that after seeking the advice of the Sindh health minister, he had called an international rapid response team in the aftermath of the recent HIV/AIDS outbreak in the province. Pakistan is a considered a… Read More »

Half a million adults in Johannesburg are HIV-positive- new study

[From Times Live, May 27, 2019] “Almost one in five (17%) of South African adults aged between 15 and 49 have HIV – a five percentage point increase from 2000. A total of 5.3 million South Africans under the age of 50 are HIV-positive, according to a study by the University of Washington’s Institute for… Read More »

Cryptococcal Meningitis Responsible for 1 in 10 HIV-Related Deaths, Study Reports

[From ContagionLive, May 23, 2019] “Cryptococcosis is one of the leading causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa among adults living with HIV. Tuberculosis is the most common cause of AIDS-related morality in adults, but estimates indicate that cryptococcal meningitis is the second most common cause, with a mortality rate of around 15%.” For more, click… Read More »

HIV upsurge in China’s students

[From Science Magazine, May 24, 2019] “Thirty years ago, China experienced its first indigenous HIV/AIDS cases. Since then, HIV has spread from drug users and blood transfusion recipients to the general urban population, mainly through sexual routes. Particularly worrisome is the recent increase of HIV infection among college students, according to the Chinese Center for… Read More »

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