Monoclonal antibody demonstrates ‘unprecedented’ virologic suppression in HIV study

[From Healio, April 17, 2019] “The monoclonal antibody UB-421 “demonstrated unprecedented and sustained” virologic suppression in the absence of ART among people with HIV during a nonrandomized, open-label, phase 2 clinical study, according to findings published today by The New England Journal of Medicine.” For more, click here.

HIV Transmission Rates Decreased With Prompt Diagnosis and Treatment

[From Infectious Disease Advisor, April 17, 2019] “Although viral suppression has become increasingly prevalent in people with HIV in recent years, and the rates of new infections and transmissions have been decreasing, there are ways to accelerate this progress, according to results of a study published in the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality… Read More »

Hospitals start to provide fast ‘one-stop’ HIV testing

[From Taipei Times,  April 17, 2019] “The testing process for HIV infection in Taiwan has been streamlined as 12 hospitals nationwide on Monday began to offer anonymous diagnoses within an hour, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said.” For more, click here.

Cuba just started giving PrEP away for free to those who need it

[From LGBTQ Nation,  April 12, 2019] “A pilot program that began on March 6 has Cuban officials distributing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to those in need. According to a report in Granma, the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, 28 people in Cárdenas, some 90 miles from Havana, have been supplied with… Read More »

Scaling up stigma-free services for women in Egypt

[From UNAIDS,  April 11 , 2019] “When the family and neighbours of Salma Karim (not her real name) found out that she was living with HIV they chased her out of her home. With nowhere to go, she was forced to leave her two young children behind. This is not an uncommon story in Egypt. One… Read More »

Tanzania making progress in fight against HIV/AIDS

[From Xinhua,  April 15 , 2019] “Tanzania has made progress towards achieving 90-90-90 targets of the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in adults aged 15 years and older, says a new report released on Sunday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).” For more, click here.

UNAIDS grapples with previously undisclosed allegations of financial and sexual misconduct

[From CBC,  April 15 , 2019] “A year after claims of sexual assault and harassment rocked the U.N. agency that fights HIV, UNAIDS looked like it might be on the mend. The top deputy facing the allegations had departed, the leader who presided over the troubled institution announced plans to bow out early and managers vowed… Read More »

Scientists develop all-in-one approach that ‘kicks and kills’ HIV

[From Gay Star News,  April 05 , 2019] “Scientists have developed an all-in-one immunotherapy approach in a bid to ‘cure’ HIV. University of Pittsburgh researchers say they have developed a way to ‘kick’ HIV cells hiding in the immune system. And not only does it kick it out of hiding, the approach also kills it.” For… Read More »

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