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Half of U.S. Gay Men Using Dating Apps Have Interacted with a PrEP User

Almost half of American gay men recruited to participate in a survey via advertising on a major mobile phone dating app say that at least one potential sexual partner has said that he was taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and even more have interacted with someone who said that he was HIV-positive but had an undetectable viral load. Many of these potential partners were looking for sex without a condom, according to the survey results, published in the August 21 online edition ofJournal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

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IAS 2015: Peer-Led Intervention Lowers HIV Infections Among Drug Injectors in Ukraine

A cluster-randomized trial in Ukraine has shown that a peer education project reduced new HIV infections in people who inject drugs by 41%, researchers reported at the recent 8th Eighth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver.

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IAS 2015: Many People with Long-term HIV Infection Do Not Achieve Full CD4 Cell Recovery

One-third of people who started combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) many years ago using first-generation protease inhibitors did not achieve complete immunological recovery with normal CD4 T-cell counts despite good viral suppression, according to a French study presented at the recent 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention in Vancouver.

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IAS 2015: Rilpivirine + Darunavir HIV Maintenance Regimen Matches Standard 3-Drug ART

A NRTI-sparing dual antiretroviral regimen consisting of the NNRTI rilpivirine (Edurant) plus the boosted HIV protease inhibitor darunavir (Prezista) maintained viral suppression and was well-tolerated by people who switched from a standard 3-drug regimen, according to results from the PROBE study presented at the recent 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver.

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IAS 2015: Gay Men Are Using Nuanced Sero-adaptive Behaviors to Prevent HIV Infection

There is evidence that some groups of Australian and American gay men are considering HIV-positive partners’ undetectable viral load and the time elapsed since an HIV-negative partner last tested when making decisions about using condoms, according to studies presented at the recent 8th International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver.

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Needle Exchange May Have Prevented More Than 100 New HIV Infections in D.C.

A federal policy change allowing funding of syringe exchange programs in Washington, DC, averted 120 new HIV infections relative to the number that likely would have occurred had the funding ban remained in place, saving approximately $44 million, according to a mathematical modeling study published in the September 4 edition of AIDS and Behavior. "Our study adds to the evidence that needle exchange programs not only work but are cost-effective investments in the battle against HIV," said lead author Monica Ruiz.

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IAS 2015: PrEP Adherence, Sexual Behavior, and HIV and STI Incidence [VIDEO]

An open-label Truvada pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) demonstration project, which included more than 500 mostly gay and bisexual men in San Francisco, Miami, and Washington, DC, showed that adherence was generally good overall -- especially among people at highest risk for HIV infection -- but there were some important disparities, researchers reported at the recent 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention in Vancouver.

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