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Trial studies likely to fail if community not actively involved in study set up

27 March, 2015

A recently published study about the failure of the Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic (VOICE) trial in the New England Journal of Medicine, argues that the negative outcome of the study was not associated with the non-effectiveness of the product, but the participants deceit and lack of compliance.

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World TB Day: A call for greater integration of HIV and TB services

24 March, 2015

This World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, UNAIDS have called for a greater integration of HIV and TB services in order to combat the dual epidemics.

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PET scan reveals hiding places of HIV

18 March, 2015

Newly developed scanning techniques make it possible to identify where latent HIV is hiding in the body. This new development will create better opportunities to eradicate HIV from the body. Antiretroviral treatment (ART) is able to eradicate HIV from the blood, but as the virus returns when people stop taking treatment, HIV must be hiding somewhere in the body.

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Primary care providers need further training on HIV

13 March, 2015

The introduction of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for people at an increased risk of HIV is challenging healthcare providers. People newly infected with HIV will normally seek care from a doctor specialised in HIV, but for people who protect themselves from HIV through the use of antiretroviral medication (PrEP), they will normally engage with a primary care provider, and not a specialist.

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Fat gain associated with viral load, not treatment

11 March, 2015

Not treatment but the HIV infection is responsible for fat fain in people living with HIV.

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