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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.

Social and network factors may explain higher HIV infection rates for black men who have sex with men in the US

Young black gay and bisexual men are more likely to be exposed to HIV than their white or Hispanic peers even though they have fewer sex partners overall and have less condomless anal sex, a study from Chicago has found. Dr Brian Mustanski and colleagues at Northwestern University found three factors that explained why the HIV ... full story

Wed, 23 Jan 2019

Multi-drug resistant Shigella detected in the UK and USA, mostly in gay men

Public health authorities in the UK have issued a warning about a highly drug-resistant strain of a serious bacterial gut infection that can be contracted through sex. Between March and November last year, 17 cases of Shigella dysentery with resistance to several first-line antibiotics were detected. It appears that transmission is clustered among gay and ... full story

Tue, 22 Jan 2019

Atripla or efavirenz plus Truvada failed one in 16 people in first year

Estimates of how often people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) do not remain virally undetectable are important both in order to gauge the potency of ART, and to answer the question of how often people with HIV maintain undetectable viral loads and therefore cannot transmit HIV. Although analyses of the failure rate of ART have ... full story

Mon, 21 Jan 2019

Efavirenz in pregnancy is at least as safe as other antiretrovirals

An individual patient data analysis of almost 25,000 pregnancies in women living with HIV has found that the rate of birth defects following exposure to efavirenz was not statistically different, and may even be lower than in infants exposed to other antiretrovirals. The analysis by Professor Begoņa Martinez de Tejada of the University ... full story

Thu, 17 Jan 2019

Half of Malaysian doctors admit to some discrimination against patients with HIV

Just over half of physicians at two of Malaysia?s leading medical universities expressed some intention to discriminate against patients with HIV in a survey. Dr Tee Ying Chew of the University of Malaya and colleagues published the results in AIDS and Behavior. Around 90,000 people are living with HIV in Malaysia, with HIV concentrated among stigmatised ... full story

Wed, 16 Jan 2019

HIV and schistosomiasis programmes should be combined to reduce the spread of HIV

Testing and treatment programmes for HIV and schistosomiasis (also known as snail fever or bilharzia) could be profitably combined in settings with a high prevalence of both infections, results of a study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases suggest.Retrospective research involving over 1000 HIV-serodiscordant couples in Lusaka, Zambia, showed that infection with schistosomiasis was associated ... full story

Tue, 15 Jan 2019

Co-infection with HIV and HCV does not increase the risk of end-stage liver disease or liver cancer

People with HIV and hepatitis C are no longer at higher risk of end-stage liver disease than people with hepatitis C alone, and the trend is probably associated with the improved effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment, a French study has reported in the journal Hepatology. The study also found that people with HIV and hepatitis ... full story

Mon, 14 Jan 2019

Meta-analysis finds high but variable STI rates in PrEP studies ? is PrEP the cause or a potential solution?

A new meta-analysis of 20 studies and roll-out projects of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in gay and bisexual men confirms very high rates of diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in study participants and PrEP takers. Dr Ricardo Werner and colleagues from the Berlin Institute of Health analyse STI rates in the largest dataset ... full story

Fri, 11 Jan 2019

Do integrase inhibitors raise the risk of obesity?

People who take an integrase inhibitor as part of their HIV treatment appear to gain more weight than others after starting treatment and the trend is more common in women and black people, according to a review of observational studies and clinical trials published in the Journal of Virus Eradication. Its authors are ... full story

Thu, 10 Jan 2019

Potential drug interactions among people with HIV taking statins

Drug interactions remain a potential problem for HIV-positive people who are treated with statins, according to research published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association. Potential interactions were detected between statins and modern antiretroviral drugs ? especially cobicistat ? and also medications used to treat other illnesses that are now common ... full story

Wed, 09 Jan 2019

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