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Qualitative research published in the July issue of Social Science & Medicine by Dr Katherine Quinn and colleagues at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research highlights how intersectional stigma contributes to low pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake for black men who have sex with men (MSM) in the US. Mistreatment in healthcare services, racism, homophobia and
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Homeless people with HIV who are provided with rapid rehousing and intensive, tailored case management are placed in stable housing more quickly and are twice as likely to be virally suppressed when compared to individuals receiving standard homelessness support, according to research conducted in New York City and published in AIDS and Behavior. The rapid rehousing intervention
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HIV infection and antiretroviral therapy are associated with increased risk of cartilage damage in the knee associated with osteoarthritis, according to the results of a small US study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. The case-controlled study showed a higher prevalence of several key markers of knee cartilage damage at baseline and greater deterioration over eight years
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Recommendations for the safe and appropriate use of ‘analytical treatment interruptions’ have been developed by a group of HIV experts, including clinicians, patient advocates, bioethicists, social scientists and representatives from regulatory authorities, and recently published in The Lancet HIV.
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The rate of undiagnosed HIV infection among heterosexual black Africans living in London remains unacceptably high, according to research published in JAMA Network Open. Oral testing showed that over 50% of men and 40% of women who reported they were HIV negative/untested were in fact HIV positive. There were also high levels of HIV risk
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Point-of-care testing for early infant HIV diagnosis is highly effective in reducing turnaround time for HIV test results, enabling earlier antiretroviral treatment initiation in infants, in sub-Saharan Africa. An observational study by Flavia Bianchi and colleagues from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Foundation compared conventional testing programmes and new point-of-care testing devices, and is published in
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Prescription of generic versions of antiretroviral drugs for treatment and pre-exposure prophylaxis as soon as they come off patent would save the NHS £7 billion between 2018 and 2033, an analysis led by Public Health England has shown. By 2021, use of generic antiretrovirals wherever available would save the NHS £500 million a year, but
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In the first study to track chemsex over time, engagement with chemsex fell by two-thirds between 2015 and 2018, Janey Sewell and colleagues at University College London report in the June issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy. Chemsex has been defined by researchers as the use of recreational drugs such
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Travel-related illnesses – especially diarrhoea, respiratory complaints and malaria – are common among HIV-positive sub-Saharan African migrants visiting their countries of origin, according to a study by Dr Thierry Pistone of CHU Bordeaux, Department for Infectious and Tropical Diseases in France, and colleagues, published in the online edition of Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease. Overall, 38%
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Disclosure of HIV status did not precipitate relationship break-ups after an HIV diagnosis for sub-Saharan African migrants living in Paris in a study conducted by Dr Mireille Le Guen and colleagues published in the June issue of AIDS Care. Instead, relationship characteristics and gender differences had a greater influence on relationship survival after diagnosis. In France, sub-Saharan
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