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HIV in the News

This page contains the most recent HIV related news from NAM aidsmap. You can read the full story by clicking on the headlines.

MSM in London diagnosed with early syphilis are a priority group for PrEP, suggests UK study

Gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM) recently diagnosed with early syphilis are a priority group for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), results of a study published in Sexually Transmitted Infections suggest. Over two years of follow-up, 11% of men diagnosed with early syphilis subsequently became infected with HIV. Incidence of rectal sexually transmitted ... full story

Mon, 16 Oct 2017

Symtuza protease inhibitor regimen maintains viral suppression for a year

People who switched from a multi-pill antiretroviral regimen to the first one-pill, once-daily regimen that includes a protease inhibitor maintained undetectable viral load for a year, according to a report at the IDWeek 2017 conference last week in San Diego. On 26 September the European Commission approved Janssen's new co-formulation, to be marketed as Symtuza, for the ... full story

Fri, 13 Oct 2017

Long-acting monoclonal antibody effective against multidrug-resistant HIV

Ibalizumab, a long-acting monoclonal antibody that prevents HIV from entering cells, maintained viral suppression for a year in people with highly resistant HIV and limited treatment options, according to a presentation at the IDWeek 2017 conference last week in San Diego. Study participants who received ibalizumab infusions every two weeks along ... full story

Thu, 12 Oct 2017

Rapid fibrosis progression in large proportion of HIV-positive gay men after acute HCV

Over a third of HIV-positive gay men develop significant liver fibrosis after an episode of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, German investigators report in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. Over three years of follow-up, 39% of individuals developed fibrosis stage F2 or higher. Risk factors included older age, alcoholism ... full story

Wed, 11 Oct 2017

Impact of side-effects on retention in HIV care is underestimated, African study suggests

The impact of drug side-effects on retention in HIV care is probably being underestimated, according to an interview-based study of people taking antiretroviral treatment and health care workers in six countries in sub-Saharan Africa, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.Although antiretroviral treatment has become easier to tolerate over the ... full story

Tue, 10 Oct 2017

Many gay/bisexual men currently taking PrEP would switch to injectable forms of the therapy should it become available

Approximately a third of gay and bisexual men who are currently taking oral (tenofovir/emtricitabine) pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would prefer long-acting injectable PrEP should it become available, investigators report in AIDS and Behavior. Individuals were less likely to prefer injectable PrEP if they had concerns about the level of protection it ... full story

Mon, 09 Oct 2017

People with HIV/HCV co-infection have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease compared to people with HIV alone

People with HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infection are between a quarter and a third more likely to develop cardiovascular disease compared to people of a similar age with HIV mono-infection, according to the results of a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. Co-infection increased the risk of stroke by 24% and the ... full story

Thu, 05 Oct 2017

HIV diagnoses in the UK fell in gay men last year for the first time since the mid-1990s, Public Health England confirms

The 2016 HIV surveillance figures released by Public Health England (PHE) today reveal that what has already been reported for specific clinics and at conferences is true nationally: HIV diagnoses in gay men last year fell significantly for the first time throughout the UK since antiretroviral therapy started becoming available 20 years ago. This forms ... full story

Tue, 03 Oct 2017

Virally suppressed people have ?effectively no risk? of transmitting HIV, says US CDC: but how many are suppressed?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used 27 September, National Gay Men?s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, to announce that HIV diagnoses had fallen in white gay and bisexual men and remained stable among African-American gay men between 2010 and 2014, its last complete year of figures. The CDC went further in its release: for ... full story

Tue, 03 Oct 2017

Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day halves the risk of dying for people with HIV/HCV co-infection

Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day halves the risk of death from any cause for people with HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infection, French investigators report in the Journal of Hepatology. The protective effect of coffee consumption observed in the study was much larger than the 14% reduction ... full story

Tue, 03 Oct 2017


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