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World AIDS Day:

The long battle against the HIV epidemic

World AIDS Day: The long battle against the HIV epidemic

Great progress has been made in many countries to tackle the HIV epidemic. A newly diagnosed patient with access to the latest antiretroviral therapy (ART) can hope to have a normal life expectancy. Yet, over 30 years since the emergence of the virus, and 30 years since the first World’s AIDS Day, much more needs to done to bring these advances to developing countries and to reach groups at high risk of HIV transmission. One of the biggest barriers to achieving this aim is the stigma that is still rife in many countries.

HIV particles budding from a CD4+ T cell

Seeking a cure for HIVSubscription

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Efforts to find a cure for HIV were reinvigorated in 2008 when the case of Timothy Ray Brown showed that a cure is possible. Researchers and pharmaceutical companies are now seeking out the virus in its hiding places in an attempt to eradicate it completely.

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Book cover of 'HIV pharmacotherapy: the pharmacist’s role in care and treatment'

One-stop resource for pharmacists in HIV careSubscription

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HIV pharmacotherapy: the pharmacist’s role in care and treatment, edited by Jason J Schafer, Jennifer M Cocohoba, Elizabeth M Sherman and Alice L Tseng.

Micrograph of T-cell infected with HIV viruses

Optimising the health and wellbeing of older people living with HIV in the United Kingdom Subscription

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Care for people with HIV has improved, meaning that more people are living with HIV into older age with normal life expectancy. Therefore, there are various challenges and opportunities facing healthcare professionals when providing care to this changing demographic.

Meg Caroline Doherty, co-ordinator of treatment and care at the department of HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organisation (WHO)

The World Health Organization warns of increasing HIV drug resistance and issues new guidelines to address threatSubscription

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Meg Caroline Doherty from the World Health Organization discusses the increasing number of cases HIV drug resistance, and the new guidelines and global action plan developed by the WHO to help countries address the threat.

HIV virus attacking a T cell

HIV services need to evolve to meet new needsSubscription

A stronger, less fragmented system of HIV services is needed in order to keep pace with the changing needs of patients.

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HIV diagnoses continue to decline as UK meets global prevention targets, says PHE

By Carolyn Wickware

Public Health England has hailed the UK’s efforts to prevent the spread of HIV a success, as the number of new patients diagnosed with the infection continues to decline.

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PrEP rollout has cut new HIV diagnoses, finds Australian studySubscription

Rollout of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV has resulted in a rapid decrease of new infections among men who have sex with men, according to data collected in New South Wales, Australia.

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New HIV diagnoses in the UK continue to decline, says PHE

New HIV diagnoses in the UK have continued to decline over the past decade, with a substantial decrease between 2015–2017, according to the annual HIV report from Public Health England, published on 4 September 2018.

Ian Green, chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust

Charity steps in to fund PrEP access in England and NI

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A leading HIV and sexual health charity has announced that it will launch a pre-exposure prophylaxis access fund in autumn 2018 to support people in England and Northern Ireland who cannot access or afford the drug.

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Research

PrEP pills and container

PrEP rollout has cut new HIV diagnoses, finds Australian studySubscription

24 OCT 2018

Rollout of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV has resulted in a rapid decrease of new infections among men who have sex with men, according to data collected in New South Wales, Australia.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) pills spilling from Truvada bottle

HIV PrEP needs licensing for adolescents, researchers saySubscription

9 OCT 2017

Study highlights a need for adolescent men who have sex with men to be given pre-exposure prophylaxis and for adherence to be promoted in this group.

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HIV prevention vaginal ring found acceptable to adolescent girlsSubscription

31 AUG 2017

A vaginal ring containing the antiretroviral drug dapivirine had high adherence among young women, study finds

Micrograph of an HIV virus budding out of an infected T-lymphocyte cell

Immune stimulation could boost therapeutic HIV vaccineSubscription

16 DEC 2016

Combining HIV vaccination with immune stimulation delayed viral rebound in monkeys with simian immunotherapy virus.

Digitally coloured transmission electron micrograph showing a single human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

New target for HIV vaccine foundSubscription

20 MAY 2016

The fusion peptide is a new region of interest for HIV vaccine development, researchers say.

Careers

Pharmacist Ana Martinez speaks during the Congress of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

How Ana Martinez helped tackle the HIV epidemic

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Pharmacist Ana Martinez explains how involving pharmacists in HIV clinical trials earned her the highest honour from the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.