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Study: More Than Half of People Taking HIV PrEP Discontinue Use

More than half of individuals who started HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in a large Northern California care management organization discontinued PrEP in a 6½-year study period, researchers report. African American and Latinx individuals, women, and participants with substance use disorder were more likely to experience gaps in the PrEP care continuum, from initial contact with a […]

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Indiana County Hit by HIV Outbreak to Scrap Needle Exchange

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Health officials blasted a southern Indiana county commission’s decision to end the state’s first needle exchange program, which was established six years ago to help quell an HIV outbreak. Dozens of supporters of the exchange packed a meeting Wednesday where Scott County commissioners voted 2-1 to end the program by the […]

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HIV self-test prices to be slashed in half in 135 countries

Poorer countries are set to see their access to HIV self-tests increase dramatically following a deal to slash prices in half and boost production, Unitaid said Wednesday. The international health agency said it had closed a deal with US-based global healthcare company Viatris that will see blood-based HIV self-tests made available for under $2 across […]

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People with HIV at high risk for intimate partner violence

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that one in four adults with HIV in the United States has experienced intimate partner violence (IPV), which disproportionately affects women and LGBT populations. Further, people with HIV who experienced IPV in the past 12 months were more likely to engage in behaviors […]

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Option B+ Antiviral Regimen Helps Mothers Achieve HIV Suppression

(Reuters Health) – Antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiated during pregnancy and continued postpartum to help prevent maternal-child transmission of HIV may also help mothers sustain long-term viral suppression, a study in Tanzania suggests. The study focused on implementation of Option B+, a treatment protocol recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to encourage lifelong ART starting […]