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Researchers Observe Sustained Remission in Monkeys with HIV-Like Virus

Researchers have induced sustained remission of simian immune deficiency virus (SIV), a relative of HIV, in macaque monkeys treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) and an antibody-based therapy used to treat inflammatory bowel disease, according to a report in the October 14 edition of Science. The monkeys not only had undetectable viral load for up to nearly 2 years after stopping treatment, but they also showed replenishment of key immune cells in the gut.

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Resources for People with HIV and Hepatitis in Disaster Areas

During and after disasters such as Hurricane Matthew, people with medical conditions including HIV and viral hepatitis will be among those displaced and requiring emergency care. Government agencies offer resources for people with these and other chronic conditions, healthcare providers, and others who provide emergency and disaster-related services.

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September 27 Is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Tuesday, September 27, is National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD), a day of action to call attention to the disproportionate effect of the epidemic on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.

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Truvada PrEP Linked to Rare Case of Serious Kidney Disorder

Researchers in Southern California have identified the first known case of Fanconi syndrome, a type of serious kidney dysfunction, in an otherwise healthy man taking Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), according to a poster presented at the 18th International Workshop on Co-morbidities and Adverse Drug Reactions in HIV last month in New York City. This case underlines the importance of regular kidney function monitoring while on PrEP.

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AIDS 2016: How Can Clinical Services Engage Men Who Have Sex With Men in Africa?

Men who have sex with men (MSM) living in African countries have an extremely high burden of HIV, Stefan Baral of Johns Hopkins University reminded delegates at the recent 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban. But in situations often marked by widespread social disapproval of homosexual behavior, health services for MSM are few and far between.

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Media Reports of a British HIV Cure Breakthrough Are Premature

The Sunday Times yesterday reported that HIV had become undetectable in the blood of one man taking part in the RIVER study, a trial of an intensive treatment regimen designed to test whether it is possible to reduce levels of HIV-infected cells in the bodies of people recently infected with HIV. The Sunday Times reported that British scientists are on the "brink of an HIV cure." But in fact, the study is still in its early stages, participants are still on antiretroviral treatment, and it will not be able to describe participants as "cured" until extensive follow-up has taken place.

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AIDS 2016: NYC Clinic Outlines How to Improve PrEP Uptake by Transgender People

Dedicated efforts are needed to engage transgender men and women with clinical services and to encourage them to use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), Asa Radix from the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York said during a presentation at the recent 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban.

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