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21 December 2017

The challenge of HIV drug resistance as prevalence exceeds 10%

As HIV drug resistance increases in low- and middle-income countries, getting people onto antiretroviral treatment means little in the long run if treatment programming is not also strengthened.

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29 September 2017

Disagreement over best treatment regimes for pregnant women with HIV

A BMJ international panel made up of women living with HIV, specialist doctors, and general practitioners recommends non-tenofovir based treatment regimes for pregnant women living with HIV.

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28 July 2017

Focusing on those with advanced HIV in the era of 'Treat All'

In the era of treat all, renewed emphasis is needed on the 39% of people living with HIV who start treatment late who are at an increased risk of deaths and opportunistic infections.

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02 June 2017

People living with HIV have increased risk of neurocognitive impairment when they grow older

In the era of highly active antiretroviral treatment, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) still affect people living with HIV as they get older

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15 May 2017

Life expectancy for people with HIV is now near-normal – but only for those accessing treatment

There has been a vast decline in mortality among people with HIV who get on antiretroviral treatment – but who are we leaving behind?

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31 March 2017

Asia performs better than Africa in keeping people adhering to HIV treatment

Weaker health systems and psychosocial factors may explain the differences in adherence patterns between Asia and Africa, the world’s two most HIV-affected regions.

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13 May 2016

HIV criminalisation rising globally

HIV criminalisation is a growing global issue that is threatening effective HIV prevention, treatment and support, according to a new report from the HIV Justice Network and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+). 

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08 July 2015

Early treatment crucial for over 45's

A study in the United States has found that people living with HIV aged 45 to 65, who start treatment with low CD4 counts – a measure of how healthy the immune system is – have higher mortality rates than their younger counterparts. Improved health outcomes were experienced among this group when treatment was started earlier, at the World Health Organisation recommended CD4 count of 500 cells/mm3.

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11 March 2015

Fat gain associated with viral load, not treatment

HIV infection, or inflammatory changes associated with HIV infection, are responsible for fat gain in people living with HIV (PLHIV) and on treatment, and not the antiretroviral treatment (ART) itself. This is according to new research presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last week.

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09 March 2015

Smoking largest contributing factor to non-AIDS related cancers

Smoking is the biggest contributing factor to the total burden of non-AIDS related cancers for people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the United States, when compared to all other risk factors. Studies show that PLHIV who smoke, or used to smoke, have a 37 percent increased risk of non-AIDS related cancers in comparison to a control group, and a 29 percent increased risk when lung cancer is not taken into the equation. Halting the progression of HIV to AIDS could prevent another up to eight percent of non-AIDS cancer.

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