7 August 2013, 10:20 am
Approximately 1% 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. “Prevalence in 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 direct-acting anti-HCV


5 August 2013, 9:30 am
We 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. The 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
A 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. Rather 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. Guidelines in Europe recommend or permit a vaginal delivery when a woman has an undetectable or very low viral load. However, investigators found that over


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