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IAS 2015: Targets Proliferate in HIV Cure Research

The Towards an HIV Cure two-day symposium has become a fixture in advance of the International AIDS Society conferences and the meeting last week in Vancouver featured a more varied range of experimental approaches than ever in the search for ways of eliminating HIV infection from the body.

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White House Releases Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

On July 30 the White House released an updated version of its National HIV/AIDS Strategy, outlining the administration's plans through the year 2020. In keeping with recent research, the revised strategy includes an increased emphasis on early antiretroviral treatment and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), as well as focusing on underserved and heavily affected population groups including young gay men, transgender women, and African-Americans.

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IAS 2015: Test and Treat Studies and African Country Experience Show 90-90-90 Targets Are Achievable

Health services in some African countries including Botswana, Rwanda, and Malawi are now providing effective HIV treatment to a greater proportion of their HIV-positive citizens than the U.S. and other rich countries. Meanwhile, some of the first data to come from large African studies examining the population-level impact of treatment as prevention suggest that the objectives of testing and treating 90% of those eligible can be achieved.

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IAS 2015: Long-term HIV Remission [VIDEO]

A French teenager with HIV who has maintained an undetectable viral load for 12 years while off antiretroviral treatment was among the most widely discussed topics at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference last week in Vancouver. While no one is calling this case a cure, it does raise interesting questions about "post-treatment control" and may provide clues about how to achieve a functional cure or long-term HIV remission.

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IAS 2015: Switching to Tenofovir Alafenamide Keeps HIV Suppressed, Helps Kidneys and Bones

People who switch from the current version of tenofovir (TDF) to tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) -- a new formulation that reaches higher levels in HIV-infected cells -- maintained undetectable viral load and saw improvements in liver function biomarkers and bone density, according to a pair of studies presented at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention last week in Vancouver.

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IAS 2015: Treatment Cascades Show 90-90-90 Goals Reachable, Eastern Europe Lags Behind Africa

A global analysis of HIV treatment cascades -- the proportions of people diagnosed with HIV, in care, on treatment, and virally suppressed -- shows that some of the world’s richest countries still fall far short of achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, research from Imperial College London shows. Progress is worst in Eastern Europe, where most countries lag behind average performance in sub-Saharan Africa on every indicator.

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IAS 2015: Same-day Antiretroviral Treatment Leads to Faster HIV Suppression in San Francisco

A program at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) that offers antiretroviral therapy (ART) on the same day as HIV diagnosis led to a high rate of treatment uptake and more rapid viral load suppression than standard practices, according to late-breaking study findings presented at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference this week in Vancouver. Newly diagnosed people with HIV and clinic providers both expressed enthusiasm about the RAPID program, which is now being implemented more widely as part of the city's Getting to Zero initiative.

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