Articles tagged with: treatment as prevention

Another voice for treatment as prevention

published: May, 20, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces

South Africa’s Brian Williams says there is no other way to end the epidemic.

Another voice for treatment as prevention

At last month’s International Treatment and Prevention Workshop  in Vancouver which I wrote about here, Dr. Brian Williams from South Africa particularly impressed. Williams is a distinguished researcher and advocate for  people living with HIV, and currently heads the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA)/ Says Williams in the interview you can watch below “treatment as prevention is absolutely essential if we are to have any hope of getting an AIDS-

Is HIV transmission possible when viral load in the blood is undetectable?

published: May, 17, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

From CATIE, HIV viral load, HIV treatment and sexual HIV transmission

Is HIV transmission possible when viral load in the blood is undetectable?

 This article first appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.  Summary HIV viral load is the amount of HIV (or number of virus) in the bodily fluids of someone living with HIV. It is measured in the blood as part of routine clinical care. A higher viral load is associated with a higher risk of HIV transmission. Research shows that successful HIV treatment can reduce the viral load to “undetectable” levels and this can reduce the risk of HIV transm

Call for action on treatment as prevention

published: May, 16, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy endorses a call for national action, following a new study that reinforces the effect of antiretroviral treatment on prevention of HIV.

Call for action on treatment as prevention

Let’s be clear from the start. My history is one of being an opponent of treatment as prevention (TasP) - and a vocal one at that. But that was then and this is now, a time where the arguments of yore are no longer at all persuasive. So I’ve changed my mind and I now fully support TasP. To be honest, mine is not a popular stance in Eastern Canada, but I’m in good company elsewhere. I’m referring to endorsement of TasP by the  World Health Organization, the International AIDS Socie

Moving forward on treatment as prevention

published: April, 29, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was in Vancouver last week for the International Treatment as Prevention Workshop, an important gathering of global leaders, experts and community, which left him highly optimistic that we have the tools to end the epidemic. Here’s his report.

Moving forward on treatment as prevention

“We have an obligation to decide whether the evidence is enough. We’ve waited too long to do what we know is right. Enough is enough. We need to move to implement.” Acknowledging that “we have a consensus in this room but not outside this room” BCCFE’s Dr. Julio Montaner, looking dapper in a dark suit and bright red tie, opened the third annual International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver last week.  Fitting that we should be there in his home town. Vancouver wa

Talking treatment as prevention with Julio Montaner

published: April, 29, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy sits down and asks the hard questions with treatment as prevention’s foremost proponent, Dr. Julio Montaner, head of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, while in Vancouver last week.

Talking treatment as prevention with Julio Montaner

Bob Leahy: Thank you for talking to PositiveLite.com, Julio.  The last time we talked was in January 2012 I think.  How have things shifted on the treatment as prevention scene in the last fifteen months.  Are you starting to feel optimistic in terms of what you’d like to see? Dr. Montaner: Well as you know I have been feeling quite strongly for quite a number of years now that treatment as prevention truly offers an opportunity to fully realize the potential of antiretroviral therapy,

Modelling suggests treatment by itself won’t reduce HIV prevalence

published: April, 26, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Research, Health, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap.com reports increasing testing frequency and changes in sexual risk behaviour after HIV diagnosis may have greater impact on new infections in US gay men.

Modelling suggests treatment by itself won’t reduce HIV prevalence

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Increasing HIV testing frequency, and giving everyone antiretroviral therapy (ART), would not in themselves reduce HIV prevalence in US gay men, a mathematical model suggests. These measures would produce, in the model’s baseline scenario, a 34% reduction in the cumulative number of new infections and a 19% reduction in cumulative deaths by the year 2023. This would lead to the annual number of new HIV infections in gay men a

CATIE Forum 2013

published: April, 18, 2013 Categories // Conferences, As Prevention , CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

CATIE’s Executive Director Laurie Edmiston invites you to the CATIE Forum: New Science, New Directions in HIV & HCV

CATIE Forum 2013

This article originally appeared on the cATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici. We stand at a pivotal point in our response to HIV and HCV. Recent research has enhanced our understanding of the science of prevention, transmission, testing, treatment, care and support –  science that opens up new, innovative avenues for program development and the integration of service delivery. In partnership with various HIV and HCV agencies, CATIE presents a national, bilingual

How PrEPared are we for PrEP?

published: March, 27, 2013 Categories // As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

Amy C. Willis hopes that is PrEP becomes more effective and accessible for anyone who wants it, but that critical conversations about PrEP expand and continue in order to challenge the various uncertainties and barriers which currently engulf it.

PrEP – or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis – as an HIV prevention tool has been a hot topic within HIV circles for months, particularly since May 2012 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended for approval the use of Truvada to seronegative people at high risk of contracting HIV. On July 16th, 2012, the FDA took historic steps in approving Truvada as the first pill used to help prevent transmission of HIV.  Truvada was approved for PrEP usage based on the findings of the PrEP Initi

U.S. poised to normalize HIV testing

published: March, 24, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Newly Diagnosed, Health, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Population Specific

CATIE reports there is a consenus in the States that expansion and normalization of HIV testing in medical settings “is an important step forward in helping to reduce the spread of this virus and bring people into care.” But where does Canada stand?

U.S. poised to normalize HIV testing

This article by Sean Hosein first appeared on the CATIE website here  Une version française est disponible ici.  In Canada and in most other high-income countries the cost of HIV treatment is subsidized for permanent residents and citizens. Such treatment, commonly called ART or HAART, helps to stabilize the immune system and reduces the amount of HIV in the blood and genital fluids. ART’s power is so profound that an HIV-positive young adult who initiates therapy and takes his/her medi

Grappling with the HIV treatment cascade

published: March, 16, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

It’s important to know how well we are reaching people with HIV, in particular how many are currently virally suppressed. But aidsmap.com asks, are we underestimating the proportion of virally-suppressed patients?

Grappling with the HIV treatment cascade

This article by Gus Cairns previously appeared on aidsmap.com here.  PositiveLite.com says why this article is important. This article is particularly important for those of us following the notion of treatment as prevention and in particular the concept of the “HIV treatment cascade” that CATIE’s James Wilton described here. An important part of watching the treatment cascade at work is the need to follow – even encourage – the passage of people with HIV through the continuum whic

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