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Schistosomiasis increases risk of infection with HIV, especially for women and is also associated with a higher HIV viral load
by Michael Carter, 2017-11-20 06:50
Infection with schistosome parasitic worms has an important role in HIV transmission, especially for women, and may accelerate HIV disease progression, according to research published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  Women with schistosomiasis had a three-fold increased risk in becoming infected with HIV, compared to women who did not carry the worms. Moreover, HIV viral load

Gay men’s stories of monogamy and non-monogamy: change, flexibility and tensions
by Roger Pebody, 2017-11-17 07:20
Although some gay men idealise monogamy, particularly in the early stages of a relationship, couples often become non-monogamous over time, Australian researchers report in an article published online ahead of print in Culture, Health and Sexuality.Men often saw non-monogamy as realistic in gay relationships, due to social and cultural norms in gay communities. But

European Cure Review concentrates on HIV therapeutic vaccines
by Gus Cairns, 2017-11-16 11:10
A cure for HIV would almost inevitably have to involve a vaccine to improve the body’s natural ability to control HIV, a seminar on European HIV cure research heard recently. The STEPS seminar, held by the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) ahead of the 16th European AIDS Conference in Milan last month, also heard

Who is taking an HIV test in England and where?
by Roger Pebody, 2017-11-15 12:30
The range of settings in which people test for HIV has expanded significantly in recent years in England, according to a new Public Health England report on HIV testing services. It includes new estimates of the numbers of people who test and re-test for HIV, suggesting that relatively few people

HIV incidence is falling in English gay men, say Public Health England
by Roger Pebody, 2017-11-15 12:00
While several recent reports have shown that new HIV diagnoses have been falling in UK gay men, what really matters is the actual number of new HIV infections, regardless of whether people are diagnosed or not. This is HIV incidence and Public Health England said today that, according to their current estimates, incidence among

Screen all HIV-positive MSM for pre-cancerous anal cell changes, say Dutch investigators
by Michael Carter, 2017-11-15 07:30
Younger age and shorter duration of viral suppression are risk factors for the development of high-grade pre-cancerous anal lesions in HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM), investigators from the Netherlands report in AIDS.They designed the study to identify demographic and HIV-related risk factors associated with the development of

Nivolumab improves outcomes in liver cancer study
by Liz Highleyman, 2017-11-14 06:50
Nivolumab (Opdivo), a PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor that helps the immune system fight cancer, was associated with a decrease in tumour size or disease stabilisation in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in the CheckMate 040 study, according to a report at the 2017 AASLD Liver Meeting last month in Washington, DC. Over years or decades, chronic