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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 as Prevention Works [VIDEO]

The dramatic decreases in HIV sexual transmission among heterosexual couples when the positive partner is on suppressive antiretroviral therapy seen in the landmark HPTN 052 trial were sustained over the course of the multi-year study, according to final trial data presented at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention this week in Vancouver.

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IAS 2015: Opioid Substitution Therapy Combined with HIV Treatment Saves More Lives

Providing opioid substitution therapy (OST) along with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to people who inject drugs results in a significantly greater reduction in deaths compared to providing either intervention alone, according to a study by Bohdan Nosyk and colleagues from the University of British Columbia Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention this week in Vancouver. Research from Ukraine, also presented at the conference, showed that people receiving opioid substitution therapy had better engagement with HIV care.

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IAS 2015: No HIV Infections from Partners with Fully Suppressed Virus in Landmark Trial

Final follow up of the HPTN 052 study of treatment as prevention shows no evidence of HIV transmission from people with fully suppressed viral load to their partners, 4 years after the first results from thestudy demonstrated that early HIV treatment reduced the risk of HIV transmission by 96%, according to a report by Professor Myron Cohen at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention this week in Vancouver.

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CROI 2015: No HIV Transmissions from HIV+ Partners Seen in Australian Gay Couples Study

An Australia-based study of gay male couples of opposite HIV status (serodiscordant couples) has so far seen no transmissions from the HIV-positive partner within the couple in a 2-year interim analysis, researchers reported at the recent 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle.

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