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AIDS 2016: Infection Prophylaxis Reduces Risk of Death for People Starting HIV Treatment Late

A package of enhanced prophylaxis against infections significantly reduced the risk of death for adults and children with advanced HIV disease after starting antiretroviral treatment in a randomized study, James Hakim from the University of Zimbabwe reported at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) last month in Durban. Another analysis showed that intensifying treatment by adding raltegravir did not offer added benefits. 

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AIDS 2016: Reducing Clinic Visits Supports Retention in HIV Care, African Studies Show

Interventions which reduce the need for people with HIV to attend clinics are proving highly successful in retaining people in care and supporting adherence to HIV medication in southern Africa, according to reports presented at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) last month in Durban.

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AIDS 2016: HIV Stigma Persists in the Undetectable Era

In an era of widespread HIV treatment and undetectable viral load, stigma remains a persistent feature in the lives of almost half of people living with diagnosed HIV in the U.K., according to findings from The People Living with HIV Stigma Survey UK 2015, reported at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) last week in Durban. Nonetheless the majority of people with HIV score highly on measures of psychological resilience, enabling them to cope better with stigma.

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AIDS 2016: HIV Criminalization on the Rise, Especially in Sub-Saharan Africa

Globally, 72 countries have adopted laws that specifically allow for HIV criminalization, either because the law is specific to HIV, or because it names HIV as one (or more) of the diseases covered by a broader law. This total increases to 101 jurisdictions when the HIV criminalization laws in 30 of the states that make up the U.S. are counted individually. The findings were presented at the Beyond Blame pre-conference held in advance of the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) last month in Durban.

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AIDS 2016: Progress Towards 90-90-90 Targets is Promising, But Funding Is the Critical Step

The United Nations 90-90-90 targets for HIV testing, treatment, and viral suppression are achievable by 2020 in many high-burden countries, but donor retreat is now the biggest threat to widespread success, delegates agreed at the UN 90-90-90 Target Workshop ahead of the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban.

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