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  • Gilead Sciences, maker of Truvada, the only drug approved to prevent infection with HIV, will donate enough of the drug to supply 200,000 patients annually for up to 11 years, federal health officials announced on Thursday.

    May 9, 2019
    New York Times
  • The unnamed “London patient” — the second person apparently cured of HIV — earned all the headlines. But other research released this week at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections showed that scientists are making slow but steady progress on the tactics and medicines needed to fight the epidemic, especially in Africa.

    March 8, 2019
    New York Times
  • Monthly shots of HIV drugs worked as well as daily pills to control the virus that causes AIDS in two large international tests, researchers reported Thursday.

    March 7, 2019
    Associated Press
  • A man in London has been in remission from HIV for the past year and a half, making him the second known adult to be in remission and potentially cured of the infection.

    March 5, 2019
  • About 54,000 Kenyans are using the daily HIV prevention pill today up from 9,000 a year ago. This is the second highest use in the world after US, which has 197,000 users in a population of 325 million.

    February 23, 2019
    Standard Digital
  • The International AIDS Society (IAS) has appointed five leaders in HIV prevention research, implementation and advocacy as Co-Chairs for the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) conference.

    February 22, 2019
    PM News
  • During the State of the Union address tonight, President Trump is expected to call for an end to the spread of HIV in the U.S. by 2030. There's a drug already on the market that could help make that a reality. It's called Truvada -- otherwise known as PrEP (for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) -- and when taken as a preventive, it can drastically reduces transmission of HIV.... The downside? It can cost upward of $1,600 a month.

    February 5, 2019
  • The imperative of continuous medical research and efforts, accompanied by comprehensive enlightenment and educational programmes, toward curtailing the intractable HIV/AIDS pandemic in the world cannot be over emphasised. This is the reason organisations around the world such as the WHO, AVAC, USAID, PEPFAR, CRH and so on devote much energy and resources to fights against the scourge.

    January 29, 2019
    PM News
  • To stem the tides of HIV/AIDS prevalence in Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, AVAC, in collaboration with the Centre for The Right to Health (CRH), has taken up the gauntlet to lead advocacy against the disease which, according to medical research, is having upper hand on the most productive section of the country’s population—the youth.

    January 24, 2019
    PM News
  • On the prevention front, our options have never been better. We currently have daily oral PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), condoms, and U=U (undetectable equals untransmittable). But what if we could make HIV prevention even more accessible and easier to take? We spoke with a few providers and experts to see what’s currently on the horizon for HIV treatment and prevention.

    January 1, 2019
    Antibody Related Research, HIV Vaccine, Microbicides, PrEP, Treatment
    Positively Aware