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Early uptake of HIV treatment among people living with HIV in the UK has more than doubled over a five-year period between 2008 and 2011. The new figures were recently presented at a meeting held by Public Health England last week, and reported in Aidsmap.
HIV remains a major health concern in the European Union (EU) and European Economic Areas (EEA), states last week’s European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) report, Annual epidemiological report, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and blood-borne viruses 2014.
Mortality rates of black and African Americans living with HIV decreased by 28 percent from 2008 to 2012, according to new data released from the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) last week. However, despite this consistent decline in deaths of people living with HIV (PLHIV) over time, the overall numbers and rates of deaths among black Americans are still higher than any other race or ethnicity in the United States.
A study that looked at health insurance plans under the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the United States has found that people living with HIV (PLHIV) on some plans are paying on average $3000 more than PLHIV on other plans. The findings have sparked concerns that these insurance providers are pricing antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) in the highest bracket within their plans – in what has been called ‘adverse tiering’ – to discourage PLHIV taking up policies.
Researchers have found that men who have sex with men (MSM) suffering from five specific mental health conditions, including depression, alcohol abuse, stimulant use, multi drug abuse and childhood sexual abuse, all lead to increased sexual risk behaviour and HIV infection. Until recent nothing was known about these mental health factors predicting HIV risk behaviours or becoming infected with HIV.