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NIH-Funded Researchers Use Antibody Treatment to Protect Against HIV in Mouse Model

HIV Media Digest - 12 February 2014 - 8:53am
National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded scientists have shown that boosting the production of certain broadly neutralizing antibodies can protect humanized mice from both intravenous and vaginal infection with HIV

ACON ramps up rapid testing for Mardi Gras

AFAO - 10 February 2014 - 6:00pm
Oxford St is set to host a temporary free rapid HIV testing facility during and after the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as part of a new campaign ACON Campain, Test More, aimed at increasing HIV testing rates among gay men.

amfAR to Invest $100M in HIV Cure Research Over Six Years

Poz - 10 February 2014 - 3:00pm
A volunteer group of leading researchers will recommend investments in the most promising areas. 

Close link between HIV and hepatitis C transmission networks

Aidsmap - 3 February 2014 - 8:20pm
HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission networks are closely linked, according to Swiss research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Combining clinical data with phylogenetic analysis of HIV samples from a drug resistance database showed that the risk of incident HCV infection was increased by a factor of two if a patient was

PrEP cost effective among MSM in sero-discordant relationships

AFAO - 31 January 2014 - 6:00pm
Australian research examining the cost-effectiveness and population-level impact of using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as a public health intervention among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Australia, has concluded that PrEP is most cost effective when used among MSM in sero-discordant relationships.

San Francisco Advocates Seek Free Crack Pipes to Prevent HIV

Poz - 30 January 2014 - 3:00pm
They assert that crack pipe distribution programs in Canada have been successful. 

Taking one to tango: how restricting responsibility for safer sex to individuals hinders talking about safer sex

Aidsmap - 28 January 2014 - 7:00pm
A discussion paper based on a Canadian project that invited HIV-negative and HIV-positive gay men to discuss anti-HIV stigma and sexual risk-taking concludes that ideas of “individual responsibility” and “looking after one’s health” are flawed as models of how to deal with the risk of HIV in the gay community. They argue that the idea that

Significant attrition at each step of the HIV care 'cascade' in British Columbia

Aidsmap - 23 January 2014 - 8:10pm
Patients are being lost at each stage of the HIV care ‘cascade’ in British Columbia, Canada. Investigators from the STOP HIV/AIDS Study group examined data from 1996 to 2011 and estimated the proportion of people engaged with HIV care at each stage of the care continuum, from diagnosis through to viral suppression. Their findings, published

National study investigates rates of undiagnosed HIV

AFAO - 23 January 2014 - 6:00pm
A new national study, aiming to identify rates of undiagnosed HIV in Australia's gay community, is offering free HIV testing at LBGTI events, clubs and sex-on-premises venues across Australia throughout 2014.

No external inspections of dentists' sterilisation procedures

HIV Media Digest - 22 January 2014 - 9:42am
Dentists are being left to manage infection control with no random audits of their cleanliness, health authorities say. Patient advocates say the inadequate oversight is putting people at risk. They are calling for mandatory sterilisation checks at all dental surgeries after hundreds of people were warned they may have been exposed to infectious diseases at two Sydney clinics.

Modelling study – self testing could lead to more HIV infections

Aidsmap - 20 January 2014 - 8:00pm
If gay men replace clinic-based HIV testing with less sensitive home tests, the prevalence and incidence of HIV could rise, American researchers report in the January edition of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Because home tests have longer window periods than laboratory tests, there is a danger that men with recent HIV infection remain undiagnosed, the model

Gay men’s HIV risk varies hugely between individuals and over time, cohort study finds

Aidsmap - 17 January 2014 - 7:50pm
A study that looked at the way risk of HIV transmission changed over time in a group of gay men during a six- to eight-year period has found that there was vast variation in the degree of risk men subjected themselves to, the length of time they were at risk and, as a result,

Undiagnosed HIV the focus of new study

HIV Media Digest - 13 January 2014 - 7:25am
A NEW study seeks to identify accurate rates of HIV in Australia’s gay male communities through anonymous testing to pinpoint HIV-positive men unaware of their status.

Large US study shows which HIV tests are most accurate

Aidsmap - 6 January 2014 - 6:50pm
Differences in the performance of commonly used HIV tests lead to substantial differences in the number of infections which are diagnosed in everyday clinical practice, according to an analysis from San Francisco published last month in PLOS ONE. If the test used only detects HIV antibodies, most acute (recent) HIV infections are missed, with

Addicts in Treatment Have Less Access to HIV and STI Testing

HIV Media Digest - 6 January 2014 - 7:09am
The rise of for-profit opioid treatment programs over nonprofit or publicly funded centers appears to have led to a drop in the proportion of programs offering testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, although hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing availability remains constant overall, MedPage Today reports.
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