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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.

Kenyan women can distribute HIV self-test kits to their sexual partners without a significant risk of intimate partner violence

The distribution of HIV self-testing kits by women to their sexual partners doesn't increase women's risk of intimate partner violence, according to Kenyan research published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Prevalence of intimate partner violence was as high as 47% when the women were first recruited to the study. This fell during ... full story

Tue, 17 Jul 2018

Treatment with bedaquiline significantly reduces mortality among South African people with XDR- and MDR-TB

Bedaquiline-based regimens are associated with large reductions in mortality in people with drug-resistant tuberculosis, according to research conducted in South Africa and published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. Compared to standard regimens, use of bedaquiline reduced the risk of all cause mortality by 75% in people with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) and by 65% for ... full story

Mon, 16 Jul 2018

Will an HIV vaccine that protected two-thirds of monkeys do the same for humans?

The Lancet last Friday published the 52-week results of APPROACH, an HIV vaccine whose 28-week results, reported by aidsmap.com last year, were sufficiently impressive for it to be taken forward into a human efficacy trial among 2600 young women in southern Africa. These latest results provided more details of the immune responses to ... full story

Fri, 13 Jul 2018

PrEP@Home pilot shows monitoring PrEP without clinic visit is feasible and acceptable

A pilot project, PrEP@Home, reduced clinic visits to one a year and demonstrated that men who have sex with men in three US cities were able to carry out all necessary sampling for tests at home, finding the experience of using the PrEP@Home package acceptable, investigators report in the online ... full story

Thu, 12 Jul 2018

Does U=U for breastfeeding mothers and infants? Researchers highlight unanswered questions

Research is urgently needed to provide clear recommendations on breastfeeding to mothers with HIV who have an undetectable viral load on antiretroviral treatment, a group of researchers say in the journal The Lancet HIV. They say that ?There is insufficient evidence to state that U=U [undetectable equals untransmittable] in the context ... full story

Wed, 11 Jul 2018

Online HIV prevention programme reduces STIs by 40% in young men who have sex with men

An interactive online programme, tailored to real-life contexts of ethnically diverse young American men who have sex with men (MSM), resulted in a substantial drop in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and a fall in condomless anal sex, according to the results of a randomised trial reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The Keep ... full story

Tue, 10 Jul 2018

Dolutegravir durable with high rates of viral suppression in people who experienced virological failure with older integrase inhibitors

Antiretroviral regimens containing dolutegravir, a next-generation integrase inhibitor, are durable and achieve high rates of viral suppression in people who experienced virological failure with older integrase inhibitors, Italian investigators report in the Journal of Clinical Virology. The ?real-world? study involved 89 highly treatment-experienced people enrolled in a drug-resistance database. After ... full story

Mon, 09 Jul 2018

HIV is not the only risk ? using condoms or getting tested can pose risks to trust and relationships

Perceptions of risk are crucial in explaining why people do or do not make use of HIV-prevention interventions. But considerations of risk need to go beyond the risk of HIV infection to consider the personal, social, emotional, and economic risks associated with using condoms, getting tested or taking other preventative ... full story

Fri, 06 Jul 2018

Many taking PrEP in San Francisco not having recommended HIV and STI screens

Laboratory monitoring does not meet guideline standards in up to a third of people prescribed pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), investigators report in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. Almost a quarter of people were not tested for HIV before starting PrEP and follow-up tests were not ordered for a third of testing intervals. The ... full story

Thu, 05 Jul 2018

Condom efficacy may have been underestimated, new CDC study suggests

A new meta-analysis (Johnson) of the efficacy of condoms in preventing HIV transmission via anal sex between gay men has found a considerably higher estimate of their efficacy than two previous analyses. The new estimate by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that condoms, used 100% of ... full story

Wed, 04 Jul 2018

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