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CDC researchers publish estimate of effectiveness of condom use in anal sex
by Gus Cairns, 2014-12-19 09:20
A paper this month in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes finally makes publicly available a study - originally reported by Aidsmap nearly two years ago from the 2013 CROI conference but until now unobtainable even as an abstract – which gives an estimate for the effectiveness of 100% condom use as the

ART during tuberculosis therapy reduces mortality risk for people with HIV
by Michael Carter, 2014-12-19 09:00
There is a high mortality rate among people living with HIV undergoing treatment for tuberculosis (TB), according to the results of a meta-analysis published in PLOS One. The mortality rate ranged between 8 and 14% but the risk of death was significantly lower for people who received antiretroviral treatment (ART) during their TB therapy. “This

One million people with hepatitis C in the US at high priority for treatment
by Liz Highleyman, 2014-12-18 08:30
An estimated 813,000 people with diagnosed hepatitis C in the US have undergone liver disease staging and meet the 'highest' or 'high' priority criteria for immediate treatment, according to an analysis presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting last month in Boston. The number would be even

Many hepatitis C patients with cirrhosis or advanced fibrosis face liver failure and liver cancer
by Liz Highleyman, 2014-12-18 07:10
Nearly one-third of chronic hepatitis C patients with liver cirrhosis and 12% with advanced fibrosis progressed to decompensation within five years, and 23% and 11%, respectively, died, according to a study presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting last month in Boston. These findings underscore the urgent need for

Strategies to improve male partner involvement in microbicide research needed
by Lesley Odendal, 2014-12-17 11:50
Vaginal microbicides were partially developed in response to power differentials within sexual relationships and gender norms that make it difficult for women to negotiate other forms of HIV protection, as it can be used without the male partner’s knowledge, consent or compliance. However, evidence presented at the HIV Research for Prevention conference (R4P) held in

UK government halves the budget of HIV prevention programme for England
by Roger Pebody, 2014-12-16 16:00
The Department of Health’s funding for HIV Prevention England, the national HIV prevention programme in England, will be cut by 50% from April 2015. This will have a significant impact on local prevention and testing services and on the dozens of organisations that act as local delivery partners.NAT (National AIDS Trust) has described the

Smoking doubles risk of death for patients taking HIV therapy
by Michael Carter, 2014-12-16 07:30
Smoking doubles the mortality risk for people with HIV taking antiretroviral therapy, a study published in AIDS shows. Smokers had an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and non-AIDS-related cancers, and the life expectancy of a 35-year-old man with HIV was reduced by almost eight years due to smoking. “Smoking was associated with a two-fold

No new HIV infections seen among Kaiser PrEP users
by Liz Highleyman, 2014-12-15 10:00
No new HIV infections have occurred among more than 500 users of the Kaiser Permanente healthcare provider system in the US in members using pre-exposure prophylaxis -- better known as PrEP. However, condom use appears to be declining among a subset of gay men, according to a small survey presented at a December 1 forum commemorating