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Less Frequent CD4 and Viral Load Monitoring Safe for People Doing Well on ART

The frequency of routine monitoring for people treated with antiretrovirals who have viral suppression can be safely reduced from every 3 months to every 6 months, investigators from Europe and the U.S. reported in the June 1 edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. However, people followed-up every 9 to 12 months were more likely to experience virological failure and also had lower CD4 cell increases compared to people monitored every 3 months.

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ASM Microbe 2016: PRO-140 Antibody Injections Maintain Viral Suppression Off ART

Subcutaneous injections of PRO 140, a monoclonal antibody that blocks HIV entry into cells, was well-tolerated and maintained undetectable viral load for more than a year after stopping antiretroviral therapy (ART) in patients with viral suppression, according to a study presented at the ASM Microbe 2016 meeting this week in Boston.

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World Health Assembly Adopts Strategies for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STIs

The 194 member states participating in the 69th World Health Assembly, which governs the World Health Organization (WHO) in late May unanimously approved the adoption of WHO's draft global health sector strategies for management of HIV, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through the year 2021.

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Big Increase in Proportion of HIV+ People with Viral Suppression in US

The proportion of people living with HIV receiving care in the U.S. who accessed antiretroviral therapy (ART) and achieved viral suppression increased substantially between 2009 and 2013, according to research published in the May 20 online edition of AIDS.

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amfAR Announces New Round of HIV Cure Research Grants

This month amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, announced that it has granted 7 awards for research on HIV persistence, the understanding of which could lead to new approaches to an HIV cure -- part of the organization's Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative.

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Starting HIV Treatment at First Clinic Visit After Diagnosis Improves Outcomes

A South African program aimed at shortening the usual process of HIV diagnosis, counseling, and preparation for antiretroviral therapy (ART) led to more people initiating treatment and achieving viral suppression, according to findings from the RapIT study published in the May 10 edition of PLoS Medicine.

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UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets Could Prevent 2.5 Million HIV Deaths in South Africa

Achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for getting more people with HIV tested and on effective treatment in South Africa would cost nearly 16 billion dollars over 10 years, but could avert more than 2 million new HIV infections and prevent 2.5 million deaths, according to a mathematical model analysis published in the May 31 online edition of Annals on Internal Medicine.

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