14 October 2014, 8:40 am
Enrolment in a comprehensive care co-ordination programme significantly improves levels of engagement with HIV care and virologic suppression in vulnerable HIV-positive adults, according to research published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The research was conducted in New York City and involved over 3600 people who either had previous poor engagement with care


13 October 2014, 10:30 am
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) core-antigen testing is a highly reliable way of diagnosing acute HCV infections in people living with HIV, investigators from the United Kingdom report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Core-antigen testing was as accurate as HCV polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing – the current gold standard for diagnosing acute infections.


9 October 2014, 8:30 am
The scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) programmes in Lusaka, Zambia, has been accompanied by only modest reductions in the city’s mortality rates, investigators report in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. A series of cross-sectional household surveys conducted between 2004 and 2011 showed no significant reduction in the mortality rate. The authors admit this finding


8 October 2014, 10:10 am
HIV continues to be stigmatised despite increased access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to research from Uganda published in the online edition of AIDS. Levels of internalised stigma among people starting ART increased between 2007 and 2012. There was also an increase in the proportion of individuals in the general public who said they expected


6 October 2014, 9:20 am
HIV prevention counselling delivered during routine care reduces sexual risk behaviour in people receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) in South Africa, according to research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Approximately 2000 people were randomised to receive risk-reduction counselling or standard of care. Over 18 months of follow-up,


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