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XDR-TB acquired via transmission, not treatment failure
27 February, 2015
The large majority of cases of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, were acquired via person-to-person, and not as a result of treatment failure, as originally believed.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) 86% effective in reducing HIV among MSM
25 February, 2015
The use of ART as PrEP has been shown to be 86% effective in preventing new HIV infections among men who have sex with men, and 96% effective with serodifferent couples.
HIV continues to be a major health concern in Europe
23 February, 2015
HIV remains a major health concern in the European Union and European Economic Areas mainly within key populations such as men who have sex with men, migrants and people who inject drugs.
Engineered protein is a potential successful vaccine alternative for HIV
20 February, 2015
An engineered protein has been developed which has successfully blocked all known strains of HIV-1 and HIV-2 in a lab environment, and SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus) in monkeys.
Harm reduction needs to be scaled-up to reduce HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa
18 February, 2015
According to recently released 2014 Global State of Harm Reduction report scale-up of harm reduction services in sub-Saharan Africa has slightly improved, however more needs to be done to to protect this this vulnerable group.
“Why I am not scared of knowing my HIV status”
16 February, 2015
Sarah says she isn't scared of knowing her status. "I need to know," she says. "If it is positive then I need to start coping with my HIV status. I need to be healthy and make sure my children grow up healthy."
HIV infection not a barrier for kidney transplants between people living with HIV
13 February, 2015
New research shows that kidney transplant between a HIV positive donor and a patient livings with HIV is successful.
Mortality rates of Black Americans living with HIV decreasing
11 February, 2015
Mortality rates of black and African Americans living with HIV decreased by 28 percent from 2008 to 2012, according to new data released from the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) last week. However, despite this consistent decline in deaths of people living with HIV (PLHIV) over time, the overall numbers and rates of deaths among black Americans are still higher than any other race or ethnicity in the United States.