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CROI 2017: Peer Navigators Improve Linkage to HIV Care and Retention in South African Study

Adults recently diagnosed with HIV who get help from peers to address personal barriers to care together with SMS check-in messages, appointment, and healthy living reminders had nearly twice the odds of being retained in care at 1 year of follow-up compared to those getting standard care at primary health clinics in South Africa according to findings presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

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CROI 2017: Point-of-Care Testing Improves Infant HIV Diagnosis Rate, Treatment, and Retention

Using a point-of-care test to diagnose HIV in infants significantly improved retention in care, speeded up antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation, and increased the proportion of infants who started treatment, a large randomized study in Mozambique has found. The results were presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections last month in Seattle.

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AIDS 2016: Earlier HIV Treatment Is Not Over-burdening Health Services

Earlier antiretroviral treatment initiation is not overwhelming rural health services in South Africa, but changes in treatment eligibility criteria alone may not be enough to increase the number of people on treatment substantially, and more investment will be needed in testing and linkage to care to reach treatment coverage goals, research presented at the recent 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) shows.

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Donors Pledge $13 Billion to Replenish Global Fund

International donors committed to provide $12.9 billion over 3 years for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria at the fund's fifth replenishment conference, held last week in Montreal. "This replenishment is an enormous contribution to our collective ambition of ending AIDS," said UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé.

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AIDS 2016: Infection Prophylaxis Reduces Risk of Death for People Starting HIV Treatment Late

A package of enhanced prophylaxis against infections significantly reduced the risk of death for adults and children with advanced HIV disease after starting antiretroviral treatment in a randomized study, James Hakim from the University of Zimbabwe reported at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) last month in Durban. Another analysis showed that intensifying treatment by adding raltegravir did not offer added benefits. 

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