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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 29 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.

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Seeking a cure for HIVSubscription


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.

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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


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


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


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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New HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men falls in UK for first time

For the first time since the beginning of the HIV epidemic more than 30 years ago a fall in the number of new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men has been recorded, a Public Health England report has said

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First two-drug HIV treatment approved by FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first two-drug treatment regimen for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1)

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Health minister announces innovative schemes to tackle HIV

The world’s first national radio service for prisons is developing a project to reduce the stigma around HIV, following funding from the Department of Health.

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Downing Street announces full inquiry into contaminated blood scandal

A full statutory public inquiry will be held to examine how thousands of people were given contaminated blood transfusions during the 1970s and 1980s.

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

HIV PrEP needs licensing for adolescents, researchers saySubscription

9 OCT 2017

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.


HIV prevention vaginal ring found acceptable to adolescent girlsSubscription

31 AUG 2017

A vaginal ring containing the antiretroviral drug dapivirine had high adherence among young women, study finds

Micrograph of an HIV virus budding out of an infected T-lymphocyte cell

Immune stimulation could boost therapeutic HIV vaccineSubscription

16 DEC 2016

Combining HIV vaccination with immune stimulation delayed viral rebound in monkeys with simian immunotherapy virus.

Digitally coloured transmission electron micrograph showing a single human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

New target for HIV vaccine foundSubscription

20 MAY 2016

The fusion peptide is a new region of interest for HIV vaccine development, researchers say.

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Injected antibodies provide long-term protection against HIV Subscription

11 MAY 2016

 Trial results show extended protection against HIV in monkeys treated with monoclonal antibodies.


Pharmacist Ana Martinez speaks during the Congress of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

How Ana Martinez helped tackle the HIV epidemic

24 OCT 2016By

Pharmacist Ana Martinez explains how involving pharmacists in HIV clinical trials earned her the highest honour from the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

HIV pharmacist Ghadeer Muqbill (pictured) leads a pharmacy service at St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for patients with HIV and infectious diseases

How I make a difference leading an HIV pharmacy teamSubscription

13 NOV 2015By

By working in HIV medicine, Ghadeer Muqbill can stay on top of the latest research in drugs and best practice.

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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