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"Among people who fail HIV treatment regimens, resistance to tenofovir is common, ranging between 20 and 57 percent among populations studied, and the incidence of such acquired resistance is likely increasing. Publishing their findings in The Lancet, researchers examined data on 1,926 HIV-positive people from 36 countries who experienced treatment failure between 1998 and 2015. The data was drawn from randomized controlled trials and a meta-analysis..."
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"In case you missed it, HBO talk show host Bill Maher hosted an AIDS denialist on a recent episode. Not just any quack, but Samir Chachoua, the so-called doctor who claims he not only cured Charlie Sheen of his HIV, but even injected Sheen’s blood into his own body—an act that Maher described as “confident.""
Activist Maria Mejia started a petition on Change.org to get a real AIDS specialist on HBO\'s \'Real Time with Bill Maher.\'
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"A smaller proportion of HIV-positive African Americans are in consistent medical care than whites or Latinos living with the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published findings about the rates of consistent HIV care in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Between 2011 and 2013, 38 percent of African Americans living with HIV were in consistent care, defined as remaining in care for three years. By comparison, about half of whites and Latinos with the virus were in consistent care. Thirty-five percent of black males and 44 percent of black females with HIV were in care consistently. Among African Americans, the highest rates of consistent care were among those who contracted the virus through heterosexual sex."
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"Sunday, February 7, marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016. First observed in 1999, NBHAAD is organized by what is now called the Strategic Leadership Council. The theme of this year’s NBHAAD is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!""
Sunday, Feb. 7, is NBHAAD. The 2016 theme is,
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"A considerable proportion of physicians do not strongly recommend or do not consistently discuss the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine during visits from 11- and 12-year-old patients. Publishing their findings in the journal Pediatrics, researchers conducted a national survey among 582 pediatricians and family physicians between October 2013 and January 2014.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends giving the HPV vaccine to 11-to-12-year-old girls and boys in order to protect the young people against the sexually transmitted infection before they become sexually active.

The investigators received responses from 364 of 442 pediatricians (82 percent) and 218 of 387 family physicians (56 percent).

Sixty percent of the pediatricians and 59 percent of the family physicians said they strongly recommend the HPV vaccine for 11-to-12-year-old girls. A respective 52 percent and 41 percent of the physicians strongly recommend the vaccine for boys in this age bracket..."
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"A free educational booklet offers information about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) specifically for transgender women. Titled “Transcending Barriers for Safer Pleasure,” the resource is launched by Project Inform and Outshine NW.

In addition, Project Inform’s current booklet “Is Taking PrEP the Right Choice for You?” has been updated to include language and information for transgender men who have sex with men.

Free copies of both publications about the HIV prevention strategy called PrEP can be downloaded online and ordered from the Project Inform website..."
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"People with HIV who take numerous non-HIV medications are more likely to stop or change their antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, aidsmap reports. Publishing their findings in AIDS Patient Care and STDs, researchers conducted an observational, single-center study of 1,190 Canadians treated with ARVs between 2011 and 2011.

Thirty-two percent of the participants stopped or changed their HIV regimen during the study. Those who had such non-continuous treatment were more likely to be female, younger than 30, have contracted HIV through injection drug use and have fewer than 200 CD4s than those who stayed on ARVs continuously..."
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"The administration has less than a year left in office, but our collective work must continue beyond that. If we stay focused and do the work, we, as a nation, can actually end HIV as a public health threat in our lifetime. That was unfathomable just 20 or even 10 years ago—so let’s get it done, together."
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"Southern black women living with HIV are the forgotten demographic. Faced with numerous intersecting challenges, most notably poverty, they are at high risk of falling through the cracks of the health care system. To make matters worse, Southern states often lack a sufficient safety net to help ensure that these women engage in consistent HIV care.

A group of researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently published a paper in Culture, Health & Sexuality describing how numerous societal factors stack the deck against low-income women living with HIV in the South."
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"HIV-positive women are more likely than HIV-negative women to develop pre-cancerous cell changes in their cervix, known as cervical dysplasia, aidsmap reports. Publishing their findings in HIV Medicine, Danish researchers conducted a study of all 1,140 women receiving HIV care in Denmark between 1999 and 2010 and compared them with 15 age-matched controls each, for a total control group of 17,046 women.

The study excluded women with a history of cervical cancer or who had had a hysterectomy..."
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"Condom use is declining among men who have sex with men. In a large survey of MSM in major urban areas, nearly two-thirds reported having condomless anal sex at least once during the past year, and a quarter said they had receptive anal intercourse without a condom the last time they had sex with a man. But there is also evidence that MSM use condoms at considerably variable rates depending on their own HIV status, the status of their partners, whether the partner is a main or casual one, and the sexual position.

Meanwhile, 3.5 percent of HIV-negative MSM surveyed in major U.S. cities reported using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in 2014..."
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"Attention young advocates: A new fellowship program will train young adult leaders in the skills needed to fight the HIV epidemic, and it’s accepting applications starting February 1.

Launched by the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and funded with help from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the new program is called HIV 360°. The fellowship program aims to help communities most affected by HIV, including gay and bisexual men, transgender women, young people, communities of color, and people living in the Southern United States..."
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