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England on track to eliminate HIV transmission by 2030

England on track to eliminate HIV transmission by 2030

#FreedomTo Know my HIV Status. Credit: Jason The annual number of new HIV infections among men who have sex with men in England is likely to have fallen dramatically, from 2,770 in 2013 to 854 in 2018, showing elimination of HIV transmission by 2030 to be within reach—suggests work by researchers from the MRC Biostatistics …

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Rate of HIV infections in US fell by 73% from mid-1980s peak to 2019: study

Rate of HIV infections in US fell by 73% from mid-1980s peak to 2019: study

Credit: CC0 Public Domain New annual infections with HIV fell by 73 percent from its peak in the mid-1980s to 2019, according to a new analysis by US health authorities released Thursday. But the proportion of infected minority Black and Latino people has risen, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which …

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Study reveals how HIV prevents the maturation of myelin-making brain cells

Study reveals how HIV prevents the maturation of myelin-making brain cells

It’s long been known that people living with HIV experience a loss of white matter in their brains. As opposed to “gray matter,” which is composed of the cell bodies of neurons, white matter is made up of a fatty substance called myelin that coats neurons, offering protection and helping them transmit signals quickly and …

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New study aims to reduce HIV incidence among transgender women

New study aims to reduce HIV incidence among transgender women

HIV prevention services will be combined with access to gender-affirming hormonal therapy and peer health navigation to try to reduce the disproportionate percentage of transgender women who are HIV positive in an innovative study led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHeath). It’s important that we ensure we …

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Researchers aim to modify fragmented health care system to reduce HIV incidence among trans women

HIV prevention services will be combined with access to gender-affirming hormonal therapy and peer health navigation to try to reduce the disproportionate percentage of transgender women who are HIV positive in an innovative study led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHeath). “It’s important that we ensure we are …

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Haunted by HIV, top WHO scientist says world must do better on COVID

Haunted by HIV, top WHO scientist says world must do better on COVID

WHO’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan says the world is not doing enough to ensure equal access to vaccines and drugs. Two decades ago, Soumya Swaminathan watched her HIV-infected patients suffer often horrific and unnecessary deaths. There was a treatment for their disease, but they simply could not afford it. The World Health Organization’s chief scientist …

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New pre-clinical model could hold the key to better HIV treatments

New pre-clinical model could hold the key to better HIV treatments

Scanning electron micrograph of a human T lymphocyte (T cell) from a healthy donor’s immune system. Credit: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH A team led by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and Children’s National Hospital has developed a unique pre-clinical model that enables the study of long-term HIV infection, and the testing of …

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People with HIV are still dying from a treatable, but neglected, disease

People with HIV are still dying from a treatable, but neglected, disease

Political is necessary to lower deaths from cryptococcal meningitis. Credit: Shutterstock Thembi Ngubane was a young woman who became famous through the American National Public Radio show Thembi’s AIDS Diary: A Year in the Life of a South African Teenager.. She was vibrant, punchy, full of life. She recorded the consultation when, as a doctor, …

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Should COVID-19 testing programs also screen for HIV?

Should COVID-19 testing programs also screen for HIV?

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The COVID-19 pandemic may be facilitating the spread of HIV, but combined screening programs could reduce the spread of both viruses, according to recent research. Worst-case estimates by North American researchers suggest that disruptions in HIV prevention and care during the pandemic may result in a 9% increase in new HIV …

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