Two-drug Regimen Maintains Viral Suppression

Normal treatment for HIV involves taking three drug – so-called “triple therapy”, HAART, or cART. Whilst this is good for keeping the virus suppressed – so that the viral load is undetectable – taking three drugs can sometimes lead to side-effects. So work is being done to see if the drug burden can be reduced […]

The search for a cure

A therapeutic vaccine has for the first time given exciting results in humans. Thirteen people took the HIV Conserv vaccine, a drug called romidepsin, and then stopped taking their conventional HIV treatment. While viral load quickly increased in eight people, the other five people have controlled HIV at very low levels for up to 28 weeks. This […]

Large Drop in HIV Diagnoses in London gay men 

  Four sexual health clinics serving large numbers of gay men in London have reported that they diagnosed far fewer gay men with HIV during 2016 than they did during 2015.  Many doctors believe that the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is part of the explanation for these reductions. Such large drops in new diagnoses are […]

Myths about HIV still commonplace in UK today

This World AIDS Day, Terrence Higgins Trust worked with YouGov to survey over 2,000 adults to reveal the extent to which myths and inaccuracies about HIV are still prevalent in Great Britain: One in five thinks that HIV can be transmitted through kissing. One in three believe that sharing a toothbrush with someone who is HIV […]

New form of tenofovir has good results for people aged 50+

One of the most widely used anti-HIV drugs is tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) – it is included in the tablets Viread, Truvada, Atripla, Eviplera and Stribild. TDF is highly effective and generally safe and well-tolerated, but can cause kidney and bone problems for some people. Tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) is a new form of the drug that is delivered more efficiently to […]

World AIDS Day (WAD)

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st 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 […]

National HIV Testing Week 2016

The annual National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) promotes HIV testing to gay and bisexual men and black African men and women. These groups make up seven out of 10 people in the UK living with HIV. The week is co-ordinated by HIV Prevention England (HPE) with support and participation from organisations in the public, statutory […]

Tests of online PrEP purchases find no fakes

PrEP is a course of HIV drugs taken by HIV negative people before sex to reduce the chance of getting HIV. Results in trials have been very successful, with PrEP significantly lowering the risk of becoming HIV positive and without major side effects. The medication used for PrEP is a tablet called Truvada, which contains tenofovir and emtricitabine […]