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IAS 2017: Study of Gay Men Shows No Transmissions from Undetectable HIV+ Partners

A study of 343 gay couples, where one partner had HIV and the other did not, has not found a single case of HIV transmission in 16,889 acts of condomless anal sex, according to a presentation at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) this week in Paris.

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IAS 2017: Long-Acting Cabotegravir + Rilpivirine Looks Good for HIV ART

Two long-acting injectable antiretrovirals, cabotegravir and rilpivirine, administered once every 4 or 8 weeks maintained viral suppression in about 90% of people who started therapy with an undetectable viral load, according to the latest results from the LATTE-2 trial, presented at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science this week in Paris and published simultaneously in The Lancet.

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IAS 2017: New HIV Integrase Inhibitor Bictegravir Works Well for First-Line Treatment

A single-tablet regimen containing the experimental integrase inhibitor bictegravir was as effective as 2 widely used approved regimens for first-time therapy in a pair of Phase 3 clinical trials, according to presentations at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) this week in Paris.

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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: World On Track To Reach 90-90-90 Targets for HIV Treatment by 2020

The world is on track to reach global targets for reducing AIDS deaths and expanding HIV treatment access by 2020, but some regions of the world risk falling further behind due to lack of political commitment, UNAIDS announced in the run-up tothe 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) 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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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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Coverage of the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, February 13-16, 2017, in Seattle.

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Antiretroviral Therapy and Treatment Strategies

HIV Cure Research

HIV Prevention

HIV-Related Conditions and Complications

HIV Epidemiology and Access to Care

Hepatitis C and HIV/HCV Coinfection

Tuberculosis

 

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 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

HIVandHepatitis.com coverage of the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic infections (CROI 2017), February 13-16, 2017, in Seattle.

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CROI website

4/16/17

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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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Obituary: Pioneering HIV Researcher Mark Wainberg

Mark Wainberg, a highly regarded clinician and researcher who helped advance HIV therapy and advocated for access to treatment and care worldwide, died on April 11 in a swimming accident in Florida at age 71.

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IAS 2017: South African Child Has Controlled HIV Off Treatment for 8.5 Years

A 9-year-old South African child who was diagnosed with HIV infection at 1 month of age and received HIV treatment for 40 weeks during infancy has suppressed the virus without anti-HIV drugs for 8 and a half years, scientists reported this week at the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris.

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HIV PrEP Is Approved in Scotland

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) announced this week that it had accepted tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine (Truvada) for use within the Scottish National Health Service as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection.

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IAS 2017: TAG Releases Annual HIV, Hepatitis C, and TB Pipeline Report

On July 18 the Treatment Action Group (TAG) announced the launch of its latest overview of investigational therapies for HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and tuberculosis (TB).

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BHIVA 2017: Large Fall in London HIV Diagnoses Is Due to Combination Prevention, Not Just PrEP

The number of new HIV diagnoses among gay men attending 5 key London clinics fell substantially during 2015 and 2016, Valerie Delpech of Public Health England reported at the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference last week in Liverpool.

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IAS 2017: IAS Conference on HIV Science Starts Sunday in Paris

The 9th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Science will take place July 23-26 at the Palais des Congrèsin Paris. HIVandHepatitis.com and aidsmap will be providing joint on-site coverage next week. Follow breaking news via @HIVandHeptitis on Twitter. IAS will be webcasting plenary sessions and daily press conferences.

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CROI 2017: Accelerated Linkage to HIV Care Improves Retention by a Third

Close to 60% of adults benefitting from point-of-care CD4 cell count testing at HIV testing sites, accelerated antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation, and SMS appointment reminders were retained in care after 1 year, compared to just 44% of those receiving the standard of care in Mozambique, according to findings from the Engage4Health study presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) in Seattle.

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HR17: Combining Drug Addiction Treatment and Perinatal HIV Prevention Leads to Good Outcomes

An integrated program offering medication-assisted drug addiction treatment and services aimed at preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission led to improved outcomes for opioid-dependent HIV-positive mothers and their babies, according to a presentation at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference this month in Montreal.

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CROI 2017: Test and Treat Study Shows Second Phase Is Finding More People with HIV

After a second wave of intensive household testing, a large study of the "test and treat" strategy in Zambia is diagnosing more people with HIV, getting more people onto treatment, and reducing the time between diagnosis and starting treatment, findings from the PopART study presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) show.

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