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PrEP Preferences of Gay Men Are Predicted by Frequency and Predictability of Sex

A survey from the U.S. and Canada recently published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes reveals that, on the whole, HIV-negative gay men would rather take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) intermittently and only before they anticipate sex, in what has been called "event-driven" or "on-demand" PrEP.

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IDWeek 2015: Many People with HIV Are Not Virally Suppressed on Antiretroviral Therapy

A third of people with HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART) do not have sustained viral suppression and many are not receiving regimens recommended by the latest U.S. treatment guidelines, according to data from the Medical Monitoring Project presented at IDWeek 2015 last week in San Diego. However, this study included many people with long-term HIV infection who may not have been able to use preferred first-line regimens.

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IDWeek 2015: Studies Continue to Support Tenofovir Alafenamide as it Nears Approval

A single-tablet regimen containing a new formulation of tenofovir maintained viral suppression when switching from other combinations and was associated with improved kidney function and bone health, according to studies presented at IDWeek 2105 last week in San Diego. Other research showed that the new formulation works better than the old one for black patients and for older people, and that it can be safely used with sofosbuvir/ledipasvir (Harvoni) for hepatitis C treatment.

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IDWeek 2015: Emergency Needle Exchange Reduces HIV and HCV Risk in Indiana

An emergency syringe exchange program implemented after an outbreak of HIV earlier this year in Indiana led to a decrease in risk behaviors including needle sharing over its first 5 months, researchers reported at IDWeek 2015 last week in San Diego. These findings add to the evidence that needle exchange is an effective harm reduction intervention for people who inject drugs.

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IAPAC Summit: At Least 25,000 People in the U.S. May Now Be Using PrEP

As many as 30,000 people in the U.S. may now be taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV, researchers reported at the 4th IAPAC Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals summit in Paris last week. Meanwhile, as the summit also heard, European and other countries face frustrating delays in securing access to PrEP.

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October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day; CDC Finds Rise in HIV Among Latino Gay Men

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day(NLAAD), an opportunity to call attention to the continued threat HIV poses to Latino and Hispanic people in the U.S. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while the overall rate of HIV infection among Latinos has dropped in recent years, there has been a sharp increase among Latino gay and bisexual men. 

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U.S. Physicians Routinely Offer Early HIV Treatment, But Only a Third Have Prescribed PrEP

Most doctors at the frontline of the HIV epidemic in the United States recommend early antiretroviral therapy (ART) and many also believe they have a role in providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to the uninfected partners of their patients living with HIV, according to research published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Overall, 87% of doctors recommended ART from the point of diagnosis and most thought PrEP was appropriate in some circumstances. However, only a third had actually prescribed PrEP.

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