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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.


AVERT pays tribute to colleagues lost on MH17 flight

21 July, 2014

AVERT shares its condolences and deepest sympathies for the tragic loss of life due to the crash of flight MH17. Our thoughts are with the families, friends and dear colleagues of those who have died. We pay tribute to those who were flying to attend the AIDS 2014 conference and recognise their invaluable contribution to the HIV response.


UNAIDS GAP report calls for greater focus on people left behind

18 July, 2014

UNAIDS has released their GAP report highlighting the gaps in the global response to HIV. A key recommendation is the need to focus on populations that are underserved and at higher risk of HIV.


New WHO guidelines recommend PrEP for all MSM

15 July, 2014

Prior to the start of the 2014 International AIDS conference in Melbourne, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has published their first consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations.