Category Archives: resistance

  1. Kenya: Counselling, not alarm device, had best effect on ART adherence

    Via aidsmap, by Carole Leach-Lemens Patients in Nairobi, Kenya getting intensive early adherence counselling when starting antiretroviral therapy were 29% less likely to have poor adherence and 59% less likely to have virological failure compared to those getting no counselling Michael H Chung and colleagues reported in a randomised, controlled trial published in the March issue of Read More >>

    adherence, antiretroviral therapy, ART, counseling, HIV/AIDS, Kenya, public health, resistance, sub-saharan Africa, Treatment
  2. AFRICA: Need for systematic HIV drug resistance testing

     via PlusNews HIV is a tough enough diagnosis, but when one contracts a strain of HIV resistant to some life-prolonging medicines, treatment options are limited. A new study has found that transmitted HIV drug resistance may be on the rise in Africa, and the authors warn that unless resistance surveillance is increased, the continent’s treatment programmes could suffer. Read More >>

    Africa, ARV, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, Kenya, resistance
  3. Africa: Need for systematic HIV drug resistance testing

    via IRIN PlusNews HIV is a tough enough diagnosis, but when one contracts a strain of HIV resistant to some life-prolonging medicines, treatment options are limited. A new study has found that transmitted HIV drug resistance may be on the rise in Africa, and the authors warn that unless resistance surveillance is increased, the continent’s treatment programmes Read More >>

    HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, resistance, Treatment
  4. HIV, transmitted drug resistance, and the paradox of preexposure prophylaxis

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of Americaby Virginie Supervie, J. Gerardo García-Lermb, Walid Heneine, and Sally Blower Excerpt: If the results from the phase III trials ending in 2010 show moderate to high efficacy, then PrEP interventions could be implemented in the near future in resource-rich countries. We have shown PrEP Read More >>

    behavioral research, gay men, HIV transmission, new prevention technologies, PrEP, resistance, risk, sexual behavior
  5. HIV, Transmitted Drug Resistance, and the Paradox of PrEP

    Via National Academy of Sciences, by Virginie Supervie, J. Gerardo García-Lerma, Walid Heneine, and Sally Blower The administration of antiretrovirals before HIV exposure to prevent infection (i.e., preexposure prophylaxis; PrEP) is under evaluation in clinical trials. Because PrEP is based on antiretrovirals, there is considerable concern that it could substantially increase transmitted resistance, particularly in resource-rich countries. Read More >>

    HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, new prevention technologies, PrEP, resistance
  6. Treatment and PrEP could be on a ‘collision course’, warns resistance expert

    via Aidsmap, by Gus Cairns I’ve explained the importance of resistance at major think-tanks and people just don’t get it. The world needs to prepare for a resurgence of HIV drug resistance if pre-exposure prophylaxis is widely adopted, a veteran HIV researcher warned the Microbicides 2010 Conference last week. Dr John Mellors of the University of Pittsburgh Read More >>

    HIV transmission, M2010, new prevention technologies, PrEP, resistance
  7. Microbicides, vaccines may need to repel HIV contact at mucosa

    via Aidsmap News, by Keith Alcorn Scientists have been faced with the question of how HIV actually gets underneath epithelial cells to infect other cells that are susceptible to HIV. “It’s not the cells on top,” Kaushic said. “It is the immune cells underneath that have all the receptors that HIV likes to latch on to and Read More >>

    cure, HIV strain, HIV transmission, immune response, resistance, safer sex, sexual health
  8. Poll finds majority in California support gay marriage; where do Times readers stand?

    via Los Angeles Times, by Gerrick D. Kennedy Less than two years after Californians approved a ban on gay marriage, a new poll found that more residents support same-sex unions than oppose them. A poll from the Public Policy Institute of California released in March found respondents backing gay marriage 50% to 45%. And a Times/USC poll Read More >>

    Gay, gay men, homophobia, homosexuality, human rights, International Lesbian, lesbians, lgbt community, LGBT rights, media, resistance, United States, USA
  9. Uganda’s Anti-homosexuality Bill

    via National Association of Social Workers of Uganda  (who support this atrocious bill, by the way) Statement On The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2009  The object of the Bill is: “to establish a comprehensive consolidated legislation to protect the traditional family by prohibiting (1) any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex; and (2) the promotion Read More >>

    Africa, Gay, homophobia, homosexuality, human rights, LGBT rights, resistance, sexual behavior, Uganda
  10. The Pope, Condoms and the Evolution of HIV

    [Enjoy the additional Pope/condom images as light Friday entertainment from IRMA…] From The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 9, Issue 8, Pages 461 – 462, August 2009. Samuel Ponce de Leon, et al. The unjustifiable nature of the Vatican’s opposition to condoms in the face of the spread of HIV has been underlined by many.1 Moreover, the claims Read More >>

    condoms, Pope, resistance, The Lancet