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IAS 2015: Innovative Linkage to Care Approaches Boost Clinic Visits, HIV Treatment Uptake in African Study

A systematic effort to promote HIV testing, linkage to care for people diagnosed with HIV, and circumcision for those testing negative can result in high levels of diagnosis, linkage to care, and viral suppression in rural communities, a randomized study of combination HIV prevention conducted in South Africa and Uganda has shown. The findings were presented by Ruanne Barnabas of the University of Washington Department of Global Health at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention last month in Vancouver.

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IAS 2015: HIV Self-Testing May Help "Hard to Reach" Learn Their Status, but Uncertainties Remain

HIV self-testing (or home testing) is likely to have an important place in future global HIV strategies, but at the moment there are significant gaps in the evidence base of how it may best be made available, to which populations, and with what kind of support. So while the World Health Organization (WHO) has clearly signaled its enthusiasm for the approach, its new guidance on HIV testing, launched at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention last month in Vancouver, reviews what we know so far about self-testing but does not actually recommend it. Several self-testing studies were also presented at the conference.

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IAS 2015: High Adherence and No HIV Infections Seen in Heterosexual PrEP Study in Botswana

A study of open-label Truvada HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among heterosexual people in Botswana found very high adherence rates. Around 90% of participants had useful levels of the drug in their blood, there was a high concordance between self-reported adherence and drug levels, and there were no HIV infections, according to a presentation at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention last month in Vancouver.

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IAS 2015: Ryan and Julie Lewis -- The 30/30 Project [VIDEO]

Musician Ryan Lewis and his mother Julie Lewis spoke at the opening session of the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention last month in Vancouver, describing their 30/30 Project to fund health facilities worldwide.

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IAS 2015: Implant and Injectable Hormonal Contraception Most Effective Methods for Women with HIV

Hormonal contraceptive methods are highly effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy in women living with HIV whether on antiretroviral therapy (ART) or not, according to an evaluation involving over 5000 women, according to a report at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver last month.

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Updated Guidelines for Pregnant Women with HIV and Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week released an update to its Recommendations for Use of Antiretroviral Drugs in Pregnant HIV-1-Infected Women for Maternal Health and Interventions to Reduce Perinatal HIV Transmission in the United States. Notable changes include discussion of antiretroviral treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for serodiscordant couples wishing to conceive, and a new section on options for perinatally infected women who are now pregnant themselves.

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IAS 2015: A Community Perspective on HIV Prevention Science [VIDEO]

Dazon Dixon Diallo from SisterLove, Inc. in Atlanta and the U.S. Women and PrEP Working Group offered a community perspective at a press briefing on early antiretroviral therapy (ART), treatment as prevention, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) research at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention last month in Vancouver.

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