Big drops in HIV diagnoses in gay men in the UK

Official data from Public Health England confirms a number of previous reports – HIV diagnoses in gay men last year fell significantly for the first time throughout the UK since antiretroviral therapy started becoming available 20 years ago. Overall, in all social groups and all parts of the country, new HIV diagnoses fell by 18%. […]

Are You Getting the Health Checks You Need?

Heart, liver, kidney and bone disease are now important causes of illness in people living with HIV. Having these conditions identified without delay is important so that the right treatment can be started. The British HIV Association (BHIVA) set guidelines for routine monitoring of adults living with HIV in the UK in 2011. During 2015, they […]

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the second most common form of cardiovascular disease (CVD) after coronary artery disease. Arteries in the lower limbs or supplying major organs become narrowed as a result of deposits of cholesterol. Blood supply to the limbs is reduced, leading to cramping or pain in the leg and hip muscles during activity, […]

ARV Drugs Chart

There are a lot of different ARVs out there! It is important to know what drugs you are taking, and to be careful if anything changes…if you are given tablets look different from what you are used to taking, check with your pharmacist or clinical team before taking them (but keep taking your existing meds…don’t […]

U=U…More (Confirmatory!) Data

A study of 343 gay couples, where one partner had HIV and the other did not, has not found a single case of HIV transmission in 16,889 acts of condomless anal sex, the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris, France, was told today. The Opposites Attract study looked at […]

New Information Campaigns…”Can’t Pass It On” and “U=U”

There are a couple of campaigns that are trying to reduce the stigma associated with HIV. Both have the same message, but use different slogans. THT has a campaign called “Can’t Pass it on”: http://www.tht.org.uk/sexual-health/About-HIV/Can_apos_t-Pass-It-On?utm_source=Terrence%20Higgins%20Trust%20newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8390497_Can%27t%20Pass%20It%20On%20launch%20-%20members%20and%20volunteers&dm_i=5HE,4ZU5D,GNFZ55,J0X60,1 They say: Medical evidence has shown that people on effective HIV treatment can’t pass it on. If everyone knew this, we […]

Bone Fractures Occur at an Earlier Age Among Men with HIV

Rates of osteopenia (low bone mineral density – BMD) and osteoporosis are higher in people living with HIV (PLWH) than in the general population. It’s possible that HIV itself or the body’s response to HIV may contribute to bone problems. In addition, many people living with HIV smoke, drink, don’t get enough exercise or have […]

Breathlessness, coughing and respiratory problems

Thanks to ART, many HIV-positive people now have a near-normal life expectancy. However, rates of heart, liver and kidney disease remain higher, compared with the general population. Research involving US military veterans also found that HIV-positive people had a significantly higher rate of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Investigators at the Royal Free Hospital, London, wanted to further […]

Switching from Efavirenz Does Not Improve Cognitive Function

Despite effective antiretroviral therapy (ART), mild cognitive impairment (things like decreased attention span, poorer memory, worse problem-solving ability) remains common in people living with HIV. The reasons for this are poorly understood and little is known about the impact of specific anti-HIV drugs on neurological function. However, efavirenz – one of the most commonly used antiretrovirals […]