7 August 2013, 10:20 am
of HIV-negative gay men in London had antibodies to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in 2008, results
of a community survey published in HIV
Medicine show. The study’s findings support those of clinic-based research
which found no evidence of an HCV epidemic among HIV-negative gay men.
HIV-negative MSM [men who have sex
6 August 2013, 10:00 am
A quarter of
HIV-positive people in the EuroSIDA cohort with chronic hepatitis C virus
(HCV) co-infection have received HCV therapy, a study published in HIV Medicine shows. The proportion of
people treated increased significantly between 1998 and 2007 but then fell,
possibly because patients and doctors were awaiting for the arrival of new
5 August 2013, 9:30 am
do not yet have sufficiently strong evidence to recommend that antiretroviral
treatment (ART) should be offered to all people with HIV, regardless of their CD4
count, a group of writers in AIDS
Journal has concluded.
writers criticise the current inconsistency on when to start ART in guidelines that have global
influence. They suggest that if
2 August 2013, 7:40 am
study from a rural area in the province of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, has
found no evidence that providing widespread antiretroviral therapy (ART) for
HIV has led to increased sexual risk-taking in the general population.
the reverse: during the period studied, condom use with a regular partner
significantly increased and the proportion of people
1 August 2013, 7:50 am
There are “missed
opportunities” for HIV-positive pregnant women with a suppressed viral load to
give birth vaginally, European research published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes shows.
Europe recommend or permit a vaginal delivery when a woman has an undetectable
or very low viral load. However, investigators found that over