Category Archives: Treatment

  1. PrEP: Attitudes and Acceptance Among Potential User Groups

    via PLoS One, by Andreas B. Eisingerich, Ana Wheelock, Gabriela B. Gomez, Geoffrey P. Garnett, Mark R. Dybul, Peter K. Piot Background The use of antiviral medications by HIV negative people to prevent acquisition of HIV or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has shown promising results in recent trials. To understand the potential impact of PrEP for HIV prevention, Read More >>

    acceptability, MSM, PrEP, prevention, risk, Treatment, Treatment as Prevention
  2. Treatment outcomes among different ethnic groups similar for UK gay men

    via Aidsmap, by Michael Carter HIV treatment outcomes among gay men in the UK are similar across ethnic groups, investigators report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The study showed that gay men from black and minority ethnic (BME) populations were approximately 17% less likely to initiate antiretroviral therapy than white Read More >>

    gay black men, gay men, minority, MSM, prevalence, Treatment, UK
  3. Beliefs associated with unprotected sex are changing among gay men in Australia

    via Aidsmap, by Roger Pebody A study of Australian gay men examining unprotected sex and the beliefs that are associated with it has found that the concept of ‘treatments optimism’ needs to be unpacked. While some men do think that having HIV is less serious than it used to be, there is more of an association between Read More >>

    ARV, Australia, gay men, MSM, risk, Treatment, unprotected sex
  4. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and HIV fight for resources in Kenya

    via PlusNews Global “NCDs are sexy now, last year it was maternal health; there doesn’t seem to be a genuine commitment by government to fully address any of these issues… where are the results? The government must not forget about people living with HIV,” said James Kamau, coordinator of the Kenya Treatment Access Movement. “Where is the Read More >>

    Africa, funding, government, HIV, Kenya, Treatment
  5. 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
  6. Legal Case in India Threatens HIV Drug Access for Poorest

    via The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, by Melanie Newman “India is literally the lifeline of patients in the developing world, especially in the poorest parts of Africa…If Sec. 3(d) is overturned, it means any meaningful effort to make these vital medicines available will be put in jeopardy.” A technical case going through the Supreme Court in India Read More >>

    Africa, ARVs, drug development, drugs, India, MSF, Treatment
  7. How Much Would it Cost to End AIDS?

    via Bloomberg, by Simeon Bennet Michel Kazatchkine and Eric Goosby may be able to halt the spread of HIV. They just need the money. The two men control the funds that buy drugs for most of the world’s AIDS patients. Studies in July provided the strongest evidence yet that medicines used since 1994 to treat HIV can Read More >>

    CD4, funding, Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria, government, HIV/AIDS policy, Treatment
  8. Early ARV Treatment Will Save Lives in South Africa

    Via All Africa. Government’s decision to offer free ARV treatment to people with CD4 counts of 350 or less has been welcomed as a life-saver. The South African government’s announcement that it will give antiretroviral medication to people with HIV who have CD4 counts of below 350 will save lives and prevent infection. This is according to Read More >>

    Africa, antiretroviral therapy, ARVs, HIV/AIDS policy, South Africa, Treatment, Treatment as Prevention
  9. The crazy things they say: politicians and HIV

    Via PlusNews. Political commitment is key to the success of HIV programmes and African leaders have been at the forefront of the fight against HIV on the continent, but politicians also have the power to harm HIV/AIDS campaigns. Uganda’s recently appointed health minister, Christine Ondoa, has been berated by AIDS activists for comments she allegedly made in Read More >>

    Africa, Christine Ondoa, education, HIV/AIDS policy, politicians, prevention, South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, Treatment, Uganda
  10. More in Uganda: Minister Comments Carelessly on HIV/AIDS

    Via In2EA. The Health Minister Christine Ondoa’s remarks that HIV/Aids can be cured through prayer have not been received well by both health practitioners and born-again preachers who called it careless and misleading remarks. Yesterday, Ms Ondoa was quoted by the Observer newspaper to have had a firsthand experience with people she claimed were infected by the Read More >>

    Africa, cure, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, prayer, religion, TASO, Treatment, Uganda