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59% of children suffering from severe immunodeficiency at treatment initiation
6 October, 2014
Two thirds of children from low and middle-income countries are presented for HIV treatment with severe immunodeficiency, a new study has revealed. Current WHO guidelines recommend that treatment is available for all HIV positive children under the age of five, regardless of their CD4 count, in order to curb the epidemic among younger generations. These updated guidelines have led to a profound increase in children receiving treatment, with over 740,000 children in 2013 on highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART).
HIV prevalence for over 50’s has doubled
3 October, 2014
Global HIV prevalence among the over 50’s has doubled from 1995 to 2013, meaning that there are currently 4.2 million people living with HIV in this age group. In a recent study published ahead of print in AIDS journal, researchers compared UNAIDS estimates with national household surveys to confirm accuracy and consistency of the data for the over 50’s.
Closer to understanding why the Berlin patient was cured of HIV
1 October, 2014
A recent study has attempted to further understand why Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the Berlin man, was cured of HIV in 2006 after living with the virus for 11 years. The research has narrowed down critical factors that were involved in eliminating the HIV virus from Brown’s body. Brown remains the only known case of someone who has been cured of HIV and his case has subsequently gained immense interest among researchers striving to find a cure for HIV.
Increased risk of age-related diseases for HIV positive populations
30 September, 2014
Recent studies of older HIV positive people has found that people living with HIV are at greater risk of suffering from age-related diseases than not HIV infected people
PLHIV have lower health quality of life despite treatment
26 September, 2014
People living with HIV (PLHIV) who are on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and have achieved viral suppression, still have a lower health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) than those in the general population. Data from the UK shows that despite life expectancy for PLHIV nearly equalling the general population, morbidity is still an important issue.
New progresses for infant HIV vaccine development
24 September, 2014
A possible breakthrough in the development of an HIV vaccine for infants has been announced by researches of Duke University.
Global summit focuses on HIV treatment targets as the way forward
19 September, 2014
Ending the AIDS epidemic as a global health threat is possible, and within reach, if resources are pooled effectively according to global leaders, leading academics, policy makers and people in the treatment industry and the HIV community at the annual summit, Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals
HIV self-testing effective for reaching MSM in China
17 September, 2014
Self-testing for HIV can be an effective way of increasing uptake of HIV testing and reaching high risk sub-groups of men who have sex with men (MSM) in China. An online survey conducted in China, found that 20.3 percent of MSM in the country had self-tested for HIV at least once in their lives.