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IAS 2017: Aim for $90-$90-$90 Target on HIV, Hepatitis, and TB Drug Prices, Study Says

HIV, hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis (TB) can each be treated for less than $90 a year where generic drugs can be made available, Dzintars Gotham of Imperial College London reported at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) last month in Paris.

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IAS 2017: People with HIV Are at Risk for Liver Fibrosis and Steatosis

Metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and obesity are risk factors for the development of liver fibrosis and steatosis (liver fat accumulation) in people living with HIV, including those who do not have viral hepatitis coinfection, according to research presentedat the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) last month in Paris.alt

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IAS 2017: Demonstration Projects Explore Feasibility of PrEP for Adolescents in South Africa

One of the first studies to explore the acceptability, safety, and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in adolescents in an African context has found that PrEP was safe and tolerable, although PrEP usage and adherence did tail off during the 12 months of the program.

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IAS 2017: Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention Has Benefits for Women Too

South African women whose most recent sexual partner was circumcised are less likely to have HIV, suggesting that voluntary medical male circumcision programs have benefits for women, too, according to a study presented to the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) last month in Paris.

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IAS 2017: First Protease Inhibitor Combo Pill Maintains Viral Suppression

The first once-daily single-tablet regimen containing a protease inhibitor maintained viral suppression in almost everyone who switched after achieving undetectable HIV RNA on a multi-pill regimen, according to a report at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) last month in Paris.

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IAS 2017: VRC01 Antibody Can Delay But Not Prevent HIV Rebound

A broadly neutralizing antibody modestly delayed the resurgence of viral replication following interruption of antiviral therapy (ART) started during very early infection, but all study participants ultimately experienced viral rebound, according to results presented at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) last month in Paris.

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IAS 2017: Another HIV Vaccine Efficacy Trial Will Start This Year

A year ago, one of the biggest pieces of prevention news at the Durban International AIDS Conference was the announcement that a large HIV vaccine efficacy study would start in South Africa. HVTN 702, now running, is only the eighth human vaccine efficacy trial ever run in the history of the HIV epidemic, and the first since 2009.

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IAS 2017: Novel Long-Acting Drug Shows Promise for HIV Treatment and PrEP

A single oral dose of MK-8591, a long-acting antiretroviral in a novel drug class, suppressed HIV for 7 days in an early clinical trial, and the drug also appears to protect monkeys from rectal infection with an HIV-like virus, researchers reported at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) last month in Paris.

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IAS 2017: WHO Recommends Urgent Care Package for People with Advanced HIV Disease

A new package of measures to ensure rapid initiation of antiretroviral treatment and diagnosis of opportunistic infections has been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce the still high rates of death among people diagnosed with HIV at a very advanced stage of disease.

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