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HIV epidemic roughly 25% smaller than originally estimated
6 August, 2014
Last week The Lancet published a study which used a new systematic analysis method for the global, regional and national incidence and mortality for HIV, TB and Malaria. This study revealed that previous HIV mortality estimates have been hugely overestimated, and that the HIV epidemic is actually around 25 percent smaller than previously estimated, particularly across the concentrated epidemics of Latin America and...
HIV and the human rights crises among key affected groups
4 August, 2014
Returning from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Ben Simms calls on the UK Government to fully engage in the human rights crises facing those most affected by HIV and AIDS - men who have sex with men, people who use drugs and sex workers - so the UK can help steer the world towards the end of the epidemic.
HIV self-testing kits available in the UK.
1 August, 2014
HIV self-testing kits are available over-the-counter in the UK. Availability of these kinds of tests might increase the number of people testing for HIV, it will also raise concerns about the appropriateness and impact of the test on a personal and epidemic level.
AIDS 2014: Reflections
29 July, 2014
A reflection on the 20th International AIDS Conference 2014, by AVERT's Research and Information Officer
World Hepatitis Day: Antiretroviral drug also benefits the treatment of hepatitis C
28 July, 2014
World Hepatitis Day (July 28th), aims to raise awareness of viral hepatitis around the world. Hepatitis C is considered to be causing a “dual epidemic” with HIV because it is highly prevalent in HIV-endemic areas. Hepatitis C can be cured, although effective treatments are often inaccessible in low- and middle-income countries. A new study concludes that antiretroviral drugs used in HIV treatment can have a direct effect on hepatitis C viral load reduction, making an early antiretroviral intervention in those co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C mandatory.
National AIDS strategic plans failing to include young key populations
25 July, 2014
A new report ‘In or Out? Asia-Pacific Regional Review of the Inclusion of Young Key Populations in National AIDS Strategic Plans’ has been released at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne. Stating that many countries in the Asia-Pacific Region
are failing to include at-risk youth in their strategic plans in the fight against HIV/AIDS
Study suggests decriminalising sex work could dramatically reduce HIV infections
24 July, 2014
A new study presented at the 2014 International AIDS Conference has found that decriminalising sex-work could reduce HIV infections by 33-46 percent over the next 10 years. Published in the Lancet’s new series, HIV and Sex Workers, the study researched HIV among female sex workers (FSW) across Canada, India and Kenya.
Breakthrough in multi-drug resistant TB treatment
22 July, 2014
A major breakthrough in treatment of tuberculosis has been announced. Experiments with a new cocktail of drugs has proven to be very effective in the treatment of multi-drug resistance tuberculosis, and will also shorten the total treatment period. Through this development TB treatment can become, cheaper, safer and more effective.