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IAPAC Summit: How Do We Treat the World? Experts Discuss Moving to Universal HIV Treatment

What practical steps does the global healthcare community need to take in order to expand HIV treatment so that it can reach everyone who is diagnosed? And how do we expand testing so that as many HIV-positive people as possible are diagnosed, on treatment, and virally suppressed? These were the themes of the discussion concerning what used to be called "Treatment as Prevention" at the recent 2015 IAPAC Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals summit in Paris.

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IAPAC Summit: At Least 25,000 People in the U.S. May Now Be Using PrEP

As many as 30,000 people in the U.S. may now be taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV, researchers reported at the 4th IAPAC Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals summit in Paris last week. Meanwhile, as the summit also heard, European and other countries face frustrating delays in securing access to PrEP.

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Recent Infection and Treatment Interruptions Are Key Periods for HIV Transmission

A large proportion of HIV transmissions occur during recent infection or antiretroviral therapy interruptions, Swiss investigators report in the September 19 advance edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Overall, 44% of transmissions were associated with recent infection and 14% could be attributed to treatment interruptions. The authors believe these findings represent a major challenge for treatment as prevention (TasP) strategies.

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U.S. Physicians Routinely Offer Early HIV Treatment, But Only a Third Have Prescribed PrEP

Most doctors at the frontline of the HIV epidemic in the United States recommend early antiretroviral therapy (ART) and many also believe they have a role in providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to the uninfected partners of their patients living with HIV, according to research published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Overall, 87% of doctors recommended ART from the point of diagnosis and most thought PrEP was appropriate in some circumstances. However, only a third had actually prescribed PrEP.

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Awareness of Treatment Impact on HIV Transmission is Transforming Lives of Mixed-status Couples

A greater understanding of the impact of HIV treatment on prevention is changing the experience of being in a relationship with a partner of a different HIV status, according to a qualitative Australian study published recently in Sociology of Health and IllnessA biomedical intervention appears to be having unexpected effects -- loosening the association of serodiscordant relationships with "risk" and helping couples to experience their relationships as normal and safe.

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