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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 28 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.

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.

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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.

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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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What healthcare professionals can do to help limit HIV resistanceSubscription

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Limiting HIV resistance must not be neglected in an era where we continue to see breakthroughs in treatment for the infection once labelled a death sentence.

Unanswered questions about proposed PrEP trial Subscription

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With 17 new HIV diagnoses made every day in the UK, we need to be bold and ambitious in our approach to HIV prevention — and this must include access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for all who need it.

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antiretroviral prep pill combination of two anti-HIV drugs emtricitabine and tenofovir

Preventive HIV drugs could cut new infections by a quarter

Providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to men who have sex with men (MSM) who are at high risk of HIV infection could help to prevent up to one in four cases of HIV, a study has found.

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HIV patients should have flu jab despite warnings, pharmacy group urges

HIV pharmacy specialists have warned that some HIV patients could be being mistakenly told that they should not take antiretrovirals at the same time as receiving the seasonal flu vaccination.

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

HIV PrEP needs licensing for adolescents, researchers saySubscription

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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Big drop in new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men

Public Health England credits better testing and uptake of anti-retroviral therapy, as well as the use of the preventative PrEP among gay and bisexual men, while among heterosexual men and women late-stage HIV infection diagnosis remained high.

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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. Find out more about World AIDS Day.

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