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Long-acting Injectable Cabotegravir Shows Promise as PrEP in Monkey Studies

A long-acting injected formulation of the HIV integrase inhibitor cabotegravir (GSK1265744) prevented infection of most macaque monkeys vaginally exposed to an HIV-like hybrid virus at drug concentrations achievable with monthly dosing, according to a pair of studies published in the January 14 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

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Low CD4 Count, Suboptimal HIV Treatment Linked to Higher Anal Cancer Risk

People with HIV who experienced extensive immune deficiency or who used early antiretroviral drugs before the advent of combination highly-active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in the mid-90s may be at greater risk for developing anal cancer, according to a retrospective analysis published in the January 28 edition of AIDS.

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Gilead and Janssen Announce Deal to Develop New TAF Single-Tablet Regimens

Gilead Sciences and Janssen R&D announced an agreement in late December to develop antiretroviral coformulations containing Gilead's novel tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) formulation and emtricitabine plus Janssen's HIV protease inhibitor darunavir (Prezista) or NNRTI rilpivirine (Edurant).

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HIV PrEP Forum Discusses Research, Personal Experiences, and Access

Nearly 100 people gathered on January 11 in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood to learn about the latest research on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis -- better known as PrEP -- and how they can get help paying for it.

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Top 14 HIV and Hepatitis Stories of 2014

2014 was an exciting year in the fields of HIV and viral hepatitis, highlighted by growing awareness and promising new data for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and approval of highly effective new interferon-free combination pills for hepatitis C. But there were also some setbacks and challenges, including disappointments in HIV cure research and the high cost of the new hepatitis C drugs.

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Meta-Analysis Shows Injectable Hormonal Contraception Linked to HIV Infection Risk

Women who use the long-acting injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera had a modest but significant increase in the risk of contracting HIV infection, according to a meta-analysis of 12 studies published in the January 8Lancet Infectious Diseases. However, there was no increase in risk for women using birth control pills.

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1. HIV PrEP: Rising Use, Promising New Truvada Data, More Future Options

PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection, was the major HIV topic in the mainstream media in 2014. 

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