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Low government engagement in Laos has resulted in HIV being poorly integrated into the public health system and 93 percent of the national AIDS budget coming from foreign donors. Awareness and knowledge of HIV among the general population is low and it is common for people to come forward for treatment when they have already fallen ill.
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Africa: Studies reveal impact of large-scale ART programmes on viral suppression
Studies in Malawi and South Africa provide crucial on-the ground evidence of the impact of large-scale ART programmes on reducing new HIV infections among the community. The studies demonstrate that high levels of viral suppression, meaning that HIV is considered ‘undetectable’, are possible in low-resource settings through effective roll-out of ART targeting areas with a high HIV burden.
ART reduces HIV transmission risk in anal sex to 4%
Initial results from the PARTNER study, released at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) this week, reported no sexual transmission of HIV in couples where one partner was HIV-negative, and the other HIV-positive, on treatment, and with a suppressed viral load.
Faith leaders set out roadmap to increase treatment access
Treatment as prevention in Canada proving successful
Expansion of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) from 1996-2012 was directly related to a decline in new HIV infections and HIV- and AIDS-related mortality in Canada. The study, published in PLOS One, gives further evidence to support treatment as prevention (TasP) as a public health strategy that can be applied in both low resource and high resource settings.