16 March 2017
HPSC - Weekly HIV & STIs Report - Week 10, 2017
Latest data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show a total of 15 new cases for week 10 - 2017, bringing the total to 106 HIV new notifications for 2017 to date.
The HIV Care Cascade and sub-analysis of those linked to but not retained in care: the experience from a tertiary HIV referral service in Dublin Ireland
Tandfonline, March 2017
The HIV Care Cascade model used for this study can measure how clinical services align with United Nations’ HIV treatment targets. Previous models have highlighted sequential losses at each step of the Cascade with a significant proportion being not retained in care (NRIC).
Online ‘virtual counselling’ service launches for gay men struggling with drugs and chemsex
Pink News, 13 March 2017
Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend have launched an online counselling service for gay and bisexual men to get support around drugs, sex and alcohol. The charities hope that the online service will make it easier for men in rural areas to access support.
University of Alberta to study effectiveness of HIV testing in pharmacies
Calgary Sun, 14 March 2017
A new University of Alberta study aims to find out whether offering HIV testing in a pharmacy might encourage more people to get checked for infection.
Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age
Aidsmap, 14 March 2017
This study has examined the connection between ageing and neurocognitive performance over time, comparing older and younger people on ART. Researchers have also compared the progression of cognitive decline in HIV positive people and HIV negative people, and in HIV positive women compared to HIV positive men.
Another Leading HIV Organization Endorses Undetectable = Untransmittable
HIV Plus Mag, 13 March 2017
NAM AIDSMap has joined the growing list of health experts and organisations around the world to endorse the Undetectable Equals Untransmittable Consensus Statement.
Hospitals in Ankara refuse to admit HIV-infected pregnant girl with mental disabilities to give birth
Hurriyet Daily News, 14 March 2017
Hospitals said the girl has been turned away because she was underage and “risked infecting hospital staff with HIV.”
Drug Use No Longer Main Cause of HIV in Russia – Expert
The Moscow Times, 15 March 2017
Alexander Semyonov, head of the immunology and virology lab at the St. Petersburg Pasteur Institute, has told the TASS news agency that the disease is increasingly being spread via sexual contact.
Is HIV hiding in your brain? MRI scans can identify virus from changes to white matter
International Business Times, 13 March 2017
HIV can persist in the brain of patients, even when the disease is kept under control by effective treatments. A new study has shown that doctors can spot the presence of the virus in the brain on MRI scans, identifying changes to people's white matter.
Several new candidates in HIV drug pipeline discussed at conference
Aidsmap, 15 March 2017
CROI 2017: Although modern antiretroviral therapy is highly effective and well tolerated by most people living with HIV, having more available drugs that work in different ways offers more options for putting together optimal regimens.
Early adherence to ART key to long-term virological outcomes
Aidsmap, 14 March 2017
A study has found that HIV patients who took all or nearly all their doses in the first four months after initiating ART were four times more likely to have prolonged viral suppression in up to 12 years of follow-up, compared to people who frequently missed doses. Findings also showed the importance of maintaining high levels of adherence during long-term therapy.
How To Survive A Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS
Science Focus, 14 March 2017
Extract from the book ‘How To Survive A Plague’: author David France explores the ground-breaking collaboration between activists and researchers to contain the AIDS epidemic.