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IAS 2015: Information about HIV Treatment as Prevention Lessens Stigma and Increases Testing

A large randomized trial of communities in rural Malawi shows that a single community meeting providing information on how antiretroviral therapy makes people less likely to transmit the virus can have a significant impact both on HIV stigma and HIV testing. The results were presented at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) last month in Vancouver.

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IAS 2015: HIV Treatment Scale-up Linked to Reduced Mortality Among Vancouver Drug Injectors

HIV-related and all-cause death decreased significantly among people who inject drugs -- with similar declines for both women and men -- since the introduction of expanded access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) as part of a "treatment as prevention" initiative in Vancouver, researchers reported last month at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention. These findings support recommendations to treat everyone with HIV, both to benefit their own health and to reduce transmission.

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IAS 2015: First Brazilian Data Reinforce Evidence that PrEP is Mostly Used by Those at Greatest Risk

The first data from a Brazilian open-label demonstration project of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) show, in common with several other studies presented at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention last month in Vancouver, that the higher a person’s risk of HIV infection, the more likely they are to seek and use PrEP.

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IAS 2015: HIV+ Youth Are Less Likely than Adults to Achieve Viral Suppression on ART

While adolescents and young adults are about as likely as older people to be linked to care after being diagnosed with HIV, less than a third were retained in care or started antiretroviral therapy (ART), and only 7% reached undetectable viral load -- much lower than the rate for older individuals, researchers reported at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention last month in Vancouver. Prompt referral to youth-friendly services, however, increased the likelihood of viral suppression.alt

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: Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies Against HIV [VIDEO]

Broadly neutralizing antibodies that can recognize multiple strains of HIV may be one component of a combination strategy to achieve long-term HIV remission, experts said at a media briefing on HIV cure research at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention this week 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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