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HIV 'invisibility cloak' discovered
8 November, 2013
Researchers have discovered how HIV can hide inside cells and remain unnoticed by the immune system, according to new research published in Nature this week. The HIV ‘invisibility cloak’ consists of two molecules that shield the virus, allowing it to replicate without prompting an immune response. Whilst it is still in the very early stages, the authors state that the new findings could lead to the development of new treatments for HIV, as well as helping to improve existing ones.
Over 50s missing from the HIV response says UNAIDS report
1 November, 2013
The over 50s are increasingly underserved by HIV services, according to a new report released today by UNAIDS. ‘HIV and Ageing’ supplements the 2013 Global Report, and focuses on the shifting demographic of the HIV epidemic, as a result of the growing number of people living with HIV age 50 and over. New figures show that in low- and middle-income countries, 10 percent of people living with HIV are aged 50 and above. This number is even higher in high-income countries – at 33 percent.
New illicit drugs threatening HIV prevention efforts
30 October, 2013
New and uncontrolled illicit drugs could threaten previously stable HIV epidemics among injecting drug users (IDUs), if new patterns of injecting drug use are not responded to rapidly in cities with high numbers of IDUs. According to a study presented last week at the 14th European AIDS Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel witnessed an alarming increase in HIV diagnoses among IDUs, despite the epidemic being stable among this group for the last decade.
Drug resistant TB a global 'public health crisis'
24 October, 2013
Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has been dubbed a major ‘public health crisis’ in the new Global Tuberculosis Report 2013, released this week by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Eastern Europe struggles to combat quadruple epidemic
18 October, 2013
Michel Kazatchkine raises the alarm at the European AIDS Conference - Eastern Europe is struggling to combat quadruple intersecting epidemics of injecting drug use, TB, hepatitis C and HIV.
Rapid increase of HIV infections in MSM in China
16 October, 2013
There has been a surge in new HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in China in recent years, indicating that the HIV epidemic in the country is in transition.
New research reveals potential of female condoms
10 October, 2013
New study analyses trial of three new female condom options, which have been developed to make usage easier. It is hoped that through trials of this kind, a greater range of female condoms will be approved, to help to overcome access barriers and increase uptake.
South Sudan to strengthen and enhance HIV programme
8 October, 2013
UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Luiz Loures, has welcomed the commitment by South Sudan to strengthen and enhance their HIV programming, in a recent visit to the country.