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Almost half of MSM with HIV/HCV co-infection have HCV in their rectal fluid
by Michael Carter, 2016-12-08 07:50
Almost half of HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) who have co-infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) have detectable HCV in their rectal fluid, US investigators report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The presence and level of HCV in rectal fluid was strongly associated with the level of HCV

Sofosbuvir-based therapy achieves excellent SVR12 rates among people who inject drugs in the Ukraine
by Michael Carter, 2016-12-07 07:30
People who inject drugs (PWID) can have an excellent response to sofosbuvir-based therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, Ukrainian research presented to the recent 2016 AASLD Liver Meeting shows. Overall, 93% of people had a sustained virological response 12 weeks (SVR12) after the completion of therapy. Most people had co-infection with HIV. Individuals received peer support

United States: Syringe service use up, but a third of people who inject drugs still share needles
by Liz Highleyman, 2016-12-06 07:00
Use of syringe exchange and distribution services has increased substantially over the past decade in the United States, and HIV diagnoses among people who inject drugs have fallen by nearly half, but just a quarter of drug injectors use only sterile needles and a third reported sharing a needle within the past year, according

Electronic monitoring of antiretroviral adherence in "real-time" boosts pill taking and need for intensive adherence support
by Michael Carter, 2016-12-05 07:40
Electronic monitoring of antiretroviral adherence in “real time” significantly increases the proportion of treatment doses taken on time and reduces the frequency of treatment interruptions, according to research published in AIDS. The study had an observational design. Patients switched from electronic adherence monitoring (EAM)  – which stores information about the date and time pill containers

Electronic monitoring of antiretroviral adherence in "real time" boosts pill taking and need for intensive adherence support
by Michael Carter, 2016-12-05 07:40
Electronic monitoring of antiretroviral adherence in “real time” significantly increases the proportion of treatment doses taken on time and reduces the frequency of treatment interruptions, according to research published in AIDS. The study had an observational design. Patients switched from electronic adherence monitoring (EAM) – which stores information about the date and time pill containers

Hepatitis C virus infection is rising among gay and bisexual men in San Diego
by Liz Highleyman, 2016-12-05 07:20
The prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among HIV-positive men who have sex with men in San Diego has increased over the past 15 years, especially among men who do not inject drugs but use methamphetamine, according to a study presented at the 2016 AASLD Liver Meeting this month in Boston. Another study

NHS England announces major new PrEP trial for 2017
by Gus Cairns, 2016-12-04 00:10
NHS England, in collaboration with Public Health England, has announced in a press release today that a major new implementation trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis will start next year. It is planned to enrol at least twice as many as previously anticipated and the funding announced is five times higher than the money for a

Survey finds good knowledge of PrEP in Europe and a considerable amount of unsupported informal PrEP use
by Gus Cairns, 2016-12-01 19:00
A large survey of knowledge and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in Europe released its preliminary results on World AIDS Day. The Flash!PrEP survey found high, though varying levels of knowledge about PrEP among respondents. For instance 62% of gay men (excluding Germans – see below) had both heard about PrEP and had a

There may be fewer people living with undiagnosed HIV in the UK than previously thought
by Roger Pebody, 2016-12-01 18:50
Public Health England’s estimate of the number of people who have HIV without being aware of it has been lowered, for the second year running. However this does not necessarily reflect an improvement in the real world situation, but is due to changes in the way this information is estimated.Public Health England now estimate