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‘Surprising’ research from Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) shows drug resistance does not impact test-and-treat roll-out in South Africa – at least in the short term.
Mixed-status couples using PrEP could benefit from HIV self-testing as a way to quickly diagnose any new infections and reduce frequency of clinic visits.
Identifying individuals at high risk of disengaging with HIV care remains an important strategy for realising the benefits of antiretroviral treatment for public health.
HIV is more proactively monitored among urban HIV patients than rural patients, and drug resistance and treatment failure is less prevalent. However outcomes for second line treatment remain similar.
Treatment scale-up has had major public health benefits. But where resources are scarce, interventions to keep people in care could be more cost-effective than moving to treat everybody living with HIV after diagnosis.
With 17 million people now accessing antiretroviral treatment worldwide, HIV drug resistance has the potential to unravel progress towards the Fast-Track target of ending AIDS by 2030.