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Awareness of Treatment Impact on HIV Transmission is Transforming Lives of Mixed-status Couples

A greater understanding of the impact of HIV treatment on prevention is changing the experience of being in a relationship with a partner of a different HIV status, according to a qualitative Australian study published recently in Sociology of Health and IllnessA biomedical intervention appears to be having unexpected effects -- loosening the association of serodiscordant relationships with "risk" and helping couples to experience their relationships as normal and safe.

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ICAAC 2015: Combination Vaginal Ring May Be Able to Prevent Both HIV and Herpes

An experimental silicone vaginal ring with separate compartments may be able to deliver both tenofovir for prevention of HIV infection and acyclovir for prevention of genital herpes and potentially other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to a report at the 55th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) last weekin San Diego.

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U.S. PrEP Care Cascade Suggests Structural Barriers Must Be Addressed

The uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among people who need it risks being limited due to low levels of awareness, gaps in health insurance, opaque bureaucratic procedures, under-usage of medical services, and limited awareness and skills among healthcare providers, according to an analysis published online ahead of print in Clinical Infectious DiseasesAlso taking into account suboptimal adherence among some PrEP users, the researchers concluded that just 15% of gay men in Atlanta who could benefit are likely to achieve protection from HIV with PrEP.

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Latest San Francisco Annual Report Shows Drop in New HIV Infections and Deaths

Newly diagnosed HIV infections and deaths among people living with HIV in San Francisco reached new lows in 2014, and the city continues to do a better job helping people get people tested and treated than the nation as a whole. But some notable disparities persist with regard to race, age, gender identity, and homelessness, according to the SF Department of Public Health's latest HIV Epidemiology Annual Report.

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September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

Friday, September 18, is the 8th annual observance of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD), an opportunity to focus on the challenges facing the aging population regarding HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment, as well as the health and well-being of the growing population of older people living with HIV.

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PROUD PrEP Study Results Published in The Lancet

The results of the PROUD study of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) using daily tenofovir plus emtricitabine (Truvada) have now been published online in The Lancet scientific journal. PROUD, along with the other European randomized study of PrEP, Ipergay, demonstrated considerably higher levels of PrEP effectiveness in preventing HIV infections than any previous study. PrEP should now be offered routinely as part of sexual health services, says an accompanying editorial.

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Older People with HIV Have Reduced Life Expectancy

Mortality among HIV-positive people age 50 or older has fallen dramatically since the advent of effective combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the mid-1990s, but even well-treated people in this age group without AIDS-defining events or comorbidities have reduced survival time, on average, compared with the general population, according to a report in the August 27 advance edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

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