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Scotland reports its lowest number of HIV diagnoses since 2002
by Gus Cairns, 2017-03-24 09:10
A report released on Tuesday by Health Protection Scotland shows that last year saw the lowest number of people diagnosed with HIV within Scotland since 2002. Last year, 2016, 285 people were diagnosed with HIV in Scotland. This contrasts with 6095 people diagnosed in the whole of the UK in 2015, the last year

Scotland reports its lowest number of HIV diagnoses since 2003
by Gus Cairns, 2017-03-24 09:10
A report released on Tuesday by Health Protection Scotland shows that last year saw the lowest number of people diagnosed with HIV within Scotland since 2003. Last year, 2016, 285 people were diagnosed with HIV in Scotland. This contrasts with 6095 people diagnosed in the whole of the UK in 2015, the last year

Two-thirds of people with HIV/HCV co-infection in Southeast Asia in need of HCV therapy
by Michael Carter, 2017-03-24 07:50
Almost two-thirds of people with HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infection in Asia are in need of HCV therapy with a fifth of people having cirrhosis, investigators report in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis. The most common HCV genotypes were genotypes 1 (59%) and 3 (26%). The majority of people were taking antiretroviral therapy (ART)

Research helps explain how vedolizumab antibody therapy leads to sustained viral remission
by Liz Highleyman, 2017-03-23 07:50
HIV and its monkey cousin SIV can carry the alpha-4 beta-7 integrin receptor in their outer envelope, which helps the virus enter gut cells during early infection, according to research presented at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) in Seattle. This finding may help explain how an antibody against alpha-4 beta-7

Fewer clinic visits improve retention in HIV care in Zambia
by Keith Alcorn, 2017-03-22 07:20
People with HIV who attended their clinic once every six months were much less likely to miss their next clinic visit, miss medication pick up or become lost to follow-up than people expected to attend their clinic once a month, a large study of patient behaviour in Zambia has found.The

Harm reduction should address the specific needs of couples who inject drugs
by Roger Pebody, 2017-03-21 09:40
The sharing of drug injecting equipment most often occurs between sexual partners, but the ways in which couples manage risks and care for each other have been largely ignored by harm reduction services, say Australian researchers.In-depth interviews showed that drug users’ relationships were based on mutual trust, honesty and care. Couples tried to avoid

Vietnam will struggle to meet 90-90-90 targets without addressing barriers to HIV care for men who have sex with men
by Roger Pebody, 2017-03-20 07:20
Men who have sex with men in Vietnam risk being left behind as the country strives to achieve UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 targets for diagnosis, treatment and viral suppression, according to a qualitative study published online ahead of print in Culture, Health and Sexuality.Health services need to make greater efforts to provide services that are acceptable and