Category Archives: viral load

  1. Plasma and rectal viral load correlated in HIV-positive gay men: supports use of treatment as prevention

    via European AIDS Treatment Group, by Michael Carter Viral load in the blood and rectal secretions of HIV-positive gay men are highly correlated, according to US research published in the September 1st edition of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The study also showed that the presence of sexually transmitted infections did not increase rectal viral load. Individuals Read More >>

    antiretroviral therapy, HIV, MSM, rectal transmission, Treatment, Treatment as Prevention, viral load
  2. Is treatment really reducing infections?

    via Aidsmap, by Gus Cairns Moupali Das of the San Francisco Department of Public Health presented evidence to show that the city’s intensive testing and treatment policy was beginning to result in a declining HIV infection rate there. Similar evidence was presented from the province of British Columbia in Canada. The evidence presented still leaves some questions Read More >>

    CROI, HIV, HIV/AIDS policy, TLC+, Treatment, viral load
  3. Eradication of smallpox may have set the stage for HIV pandemic, study says

    via Los Angeles Times, by Thomas H. Maugh II “While these results are very interesting and hopefully may lead to a new weapon against the HIV pandemic, they are very preliminary and it is far too soon to recommend the general use of vaccinia immunization for fighting HIV,” Weinstein said in a statement. Given the great difficulties Read More >>

    HIV strain, HIV transmission, immune response, public health, vaccine, viral load
  4. Theory Explains Why Some With HIV Survive Longer

    via Physorg.com by, Jason Socrates Bardi A group of researchers in Boston announced a new theory this week that may help to explain a longstanding mystery in AIDS research: why some people with HIV survive for decades without ever developing AIDS. About one out of every 200 people who catch HIV are considered “long-term non-progressors” or “elite Read More >>

    HIV strain, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, immune response, United Nations, viral load
  5. Gay men’s risk of acquiring HIV is similar to the pre-HAART era despite widespread use of HAART

    via Aidsmap, by Roger Pebody “It may be possible that HIV transmission by anal intercourse is not as closely related to viral load as it is in vaginal transmission. There is a paucity of data on HIV transmission at low viral loads, and there are almost no data on transmission and viral load in homosexual men.” Although Read More >>

    anal sex, HIV transmission, viral load
  6. Sexual transmission of HIV according to viral load and antiretroviral therapy: systematic review and meta-analysis

    Attia, Suzanna; Egger, Matthias; Müller, Monika; Zwahlen, Marcel; Low, Nicola AIDS: 17 July 2009 – Volume 23 – Issue 11 – p 1397-1404 Objectives: To synthesize the evidence on the risk of HIV transmission through unprotected sexual intercourse according to viral load and treatment with combination antiretroviral therapy (ART). Design: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Methods: We searched Read More >>

    ARV, HIV transmission, research, Treatment, viral load
  7. Testing Formula to Better Predict Treatment Failure/Drug Resistance

    via Deborah BaronIRMA Steering Committee Member The Journal of the International AIDS Society published an article on a recent study testing a formula to better predict ARV treatment failure and possible drug resistance in the absence of viral load testing. According to a New York Times article on the study, “Scientists from Makerere University’s hospital in Kampala, Read More >>

    research, resistance, Treatment, viral load, WHO
  8. Prevention for HIV serodiscordant couples: it’s more than just condoms

    via Aidsmap, by Michael Carter Promoting 100% condom use may not be the most appropriate HIV prevention strategy for serodiscordant couples, according to research presented to the Fifteenth Conference of the British HIV Association. However, researchers found that there was little awareness or use of other methods of HIV prevention, such as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) or the Read More >>

    anal sex, behavioral research, condoms, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, PEP, seroadaptation, sexual behavior, viral load