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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.

Gay and bisexual men with problematic chemsex are a diverse group with significant sexual and psycho-social risks

Men who have sex with men (MSM) seeking support because of chemsex are a diverse group and have a range of behaviours that pose a high risk to their physical health and psycho-social wellbeing, according to research published in Sexually Transmitted Infections. Analysing the needs of gay and bisexual men seeking support from Antidote ... full story

Mon, 15 Jul 2019

Australian gay and bisexual men interested in switching to on-demand PrEP

Half of gay and bisexual men using PrEP in Australia would be interested in switching from taking daily PrEP to taking on-demand PrEP, and this interest was most strongly associated with having sex infrequently and concerns about long term side effects. The survey was carried out by Dr Vincent Cornelisse and colleagues and ... full story

Thu, 11 Jul 2019

Starting ART at a high CD4 cell count has clear benefits for people with a low viral load

Starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) has significant benefits and entails few risks for individuals with a low pre-treatment viral load, according to analysis of results from a large treatment initiation study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Prompt initiation of ART was associated with robust increases in CD4 cell count, sustained viral suppression ... full story

Wed, 10 Jul 2019

Major TB reduction impossible without expansion of ART coverage

Tuberculosis incidence in sub-Saharan Africa is falling too slowly to meet global targets of an 80% reduction by 2030, and where incidence is falling, the decline is strongly associated with the extent of antiretroviral coverage in people living with HIV, a study by former World Health Organization modelling experts has found. The findings, published in ... full story

Mon, 08 Jul 2019

One in five Americans living with HIV experience severe anxiety on an almost daily basis

A fifth of HIV-positive adults in the United States regularly experience symptoms of anxiety, according to research published in AIDS. Individuals with symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) had poor engagement with the HIV care continuum, and also had high rates of poverty, homelessness and drug use. There was also evidence of an elevated prevalence ... full story

Thu, 04 Jul 2019

Immediate treatment is probably especially beneficial for people with recent HIV infection

Immediate initiation of antiretroviral treatment produced the biggest boost in CD4 cell count for people infected with HIV less than six months previously, an analysis of the START study of prompt HIV treatment has found. Writing in the July issue of AIDS, the study investigators say that the benefit of early treatment for people ... full story

Wed, 03 Jul 2019

Nine HIV diagnoses in men on PrEP waiting list, Manchester

Nine gay men are known to have seroconverted since being put on a waiting list for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) at a single Manchester clinic, Dr Sally Jewsbury told the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) conference in Birmingham yesterday.Similar cases are likely to have gone undocumented across England, as a result of ... full story

Mon, 01 Jul 2019

Older, out-of-school and anonymous partners pose more HIV infection risk for adolescent girls in South Africa

South African research has found that adolescent girls and young women (aged 13-23) were more than twice as likely to be infected with HIV by older men who were out of school and nearly twice as likely to be infected by anonymous out-of-school partners. This was in comparison to monogamous relationships with partners of ... full story

Fri, 28 Jun 2019

Transgender women tell researchers how to increase the uptake of PrEP in their community

Transgender women and transfeminine nonbinary individuals suggested a number of key issues that health services need to address in order to increase the uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among transgender people. These included addressing the contextual factors associated with HIV in this community, developing more inclusive messaging and imagery, healthcare providers having an ongoing ... full story

Thu, 27 Jun 2019

High awareness but low uptake of PrEP among black and Hispanic transgender women in US study

There is high awareness but low uptake of HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) among black and Latina transgender women in Baltimore and Washington DC, investigators report in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Although 87% had heard of PrEP, only 17% had taken it. However, three-quarters of HIV-negative individuals who had ... full story

Thu, 27 Jun 2019


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