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IAS 2017: Long-Acting Cabotegravir Shows Promise For HIV Prevention

A long-acting injectable formulation of cabotegravir given every 8 weeks produces high enough drugs levels in both men and women to offer protection against HIV, according to results from the HPTN 077 study presented this week at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris. But another injectable prevention candidate, long-acting rilpivirine, has been abandoned.

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IAS 2017: New HIV Infections Halved as Treatment Scales Up in Swaziland

New HIV infections have been cut in half in Swaziland since 2011, at the same time as the proportion of people on antiretroviral treatment with fully suppressed viral load has doubled, according to a report at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) this week in Paris. It is the first direct evidence that expanding HIV treatment results in fewer HIV infections in a country with a major epidemic, researchers said.

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Coverage of the 2017 Harm Reduction International Conference

HIVand Hepatitis.com coverage of the 2017 Harm Reduction International Conference, May 14-17, 2017, in Montreal.

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5/31/17

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IAS 2017: PrEP Still Protected People Who Had Less Sex in Ipergay Study

A sub-study of the French Ipergay trial of "on-demand" pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has found that PrEP was just as effective for participants who had sex less often than average, and so took PrEP less often, as long as they did take it when it was needed. The analysis was presented by trial statistician Guillemette Antoni at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference (IAS 2017) conference this week in Paris.

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PAS 2017: Many Doctors Wary of Providing PrEP for Young Patients

Only about a third of family practice and pediatric providers said they would be likely to prescribe HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to adolescent patients, underlining the need to educate providers outside the HIV and sexually transmitted disease fields, according to a report at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting last week in San Francisco.

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