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All people with HIV-2 should receive HIV treatment – without it, most will progress to AIDS and death

Most people with HIV-2 infection will progress to AIDS and death unless they receive antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to the results of a study conducted in Guinea-Bissau and

27 November 2018
Michael Carter
Virus detectives test whole-body scans in search of HIV’s hiding places

To prevent the virus from rebounding after drug therapy, researchers must first map where it lurks in the body.

23 October 2018
PET Scans May Predict Who Gets Inflammatory Reaction to HIV Treatment Start

The imaging method known as a PET scan may be able to predict who among those starting antiretroviral (ARV) treatment with an immune system highly damaged by HIV will develop HIV-associated immune reconstitution syndrome (IRIS).

26 September 2018
Video SNiP: PET Scan “Hot Spots” Help Visualize Inflammatory Complication of HIV

Infectious-disease and radiology researchers from NIAID and the NIH Clinical Center are working together to visualize and predict HIV-associated immune reconstitution syndrome (IRIS) in a new way—with positron emission tomography (PET). The researchers describe their findings in a paper published this week in Clinical Infectious Diseases and in a new NIAID Video SNiP.

14 September 2018
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Why has HIV in Saskatchewan become more harmful for some people?

Reports have suggested that HIV may be progressing more rapidly in Saskatchewan. Researchers analyzed the genetic sequences of HIV among people in the province. They discovered strains of HIV that have adapted to some people’s immune defences.

22 August 2018
Mutated strains of HIV in Saskatchewan causing illness quicker: study

Research suggests mutated strains of HIV circulating in Saskatchewan are leading to faster-developing AIDS-related illnesses among Indigenous people.

27 July 2018
Calgary Herald
ART Simplification Does Not Affect Systemic Inflammation in Virologically Suppressed HIV

For virologically suppressed patients infected with HIV, switching to a dual antiretroviral maintenance therapy of atazanavir/ritonavir plus lamivudine does not affect plasma markers of systemic inflammation, according to results published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

15 June 2018
Infectious Disease Advisor
HIV vaccine elicits antibodies in animals that neutralize dozens of HIV strains

NIH study results represent major advance for structure-based HIV vaccine design.

05 June 2018
National Institutes of Health (press release)
New findings on inflammation & how it affects people with HIV

“There is a large set of adverse events that HIV-infected individuals suffer from that appear to be associated with inflammation,” lead study author Brian Hart told BETA. “These events are relatively common and can affect length and quality of life.”

27 April 2018
BETA blog
Has Basic Science in HIV Research Stalled?

Now that effective therapies for active HIV infection are broadly available, there should be renewed focus on basic science regarding HIV, said experts contacted by MedPage Today.

09 April 2018
MedPage Today

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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