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PrEP Use Rising Among High-Risk Gay Men in Washington State

More than 20% of gay and bisexual men in Washington State considered to be at high risk for HIV infection were taking Truvada pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in 2015, and a large majority of both higher- and lower-risk men were aware of it, according to a study published in the January 28 edition of AIDS.

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Health Officials Urge Broader PrEP Use After 4 More HIV Cases Found in Indiana County

An additional 4 new cases of HIV in rural Scott County -- bringing the total to 188 -- have prompted the Indiana State Department of Health to urge people at risk for infection to talk to their healthcare providers about pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, according to a recent announcement.

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Sunday Is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), an opportunity to raise awareness about the disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS among African Americans.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African Americans accounted for 45% of new HIV infections in 2013, with young black gay and bisexual men being the most heavily affected.

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Meta-Analysis Shows Women Are Under-Represented in HIV Clinical Trials

Less than a quarter of people taking part in clinical trials for antiretroviral medications are women, potentially limiting the generalizability of findings, according to a systematic review published in the February 1 edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

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African Americans Have Highest HIV Incidence, Lowest Rate of Consistent Care

African Americans in the U.S. have the highest rate of new HIV infections, but black people living with HIV are less likely than white or Latino Americans to receive consistent, ongoing medical care, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report published in the February 5 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reportin advance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. These findings, the CDC said, "demonstrate yet another persistent disparity that prolongs the epidemic among African Americans."

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HIV Medicine Association Cautions Against Excessive HIV-Related Testing

The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) has released new recommendations calling on HIV care providers to avoid routine use of unnecessary monitoring tests, including frequent CD4 T-cell counts and viral load tests for people on stable suppressive antiretroviral therapy.

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Tenofovir Resistance May Develop in More than Half of Patients Failing Treatment

More than half of people who experienced failure of a tenofovir-based antiretroviral regimen in sub-Saharan Africa had resistance to tenofovir, a meta-analysis of drug resistance studies published in the January 28 online edition of Lancet Infectious Diseases has shown. The study found that the prevalence of tenofovir resistance after first-line treatment failure ranged from 20% in Western Europe and North America to 56%-60% in sub-Saharan Africa.

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