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Tag Archives: HIV prevention

HIV prevention drug should be offered in Scotland

PrEP

NHS Scotland must start funding HIV prevention drug, says HIV Scottish Charity, following a high court ruling in favour of funding in NHS England. A leading HIV/AIDS charity has won a high court battle over whether a preventative treatment for HIV that charities say that the drug, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a “game-changer” can legally be funded by NHS England. Following ...

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Study finds zero transmission in mixed-HIV status couples

Partner Study

Ongoing research found zero linked HIV transmissions cases after mixed-HIV status couples had sex 58,000 times without condoms. Heterosexual and gay couples, of whom one was HIV positive and took antiretroviral (ARVs) showed zero cases of infections after having sex without condoms; the study highlighted the power of ARVs ability to curtail the spread of the virus. The Partner study (phase ...

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Antibody shot protects monkeys from HIV infection

HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte

A new study has shown that a single injection of antibodies that target HIV can protect monkeys from contracting the virus for nearly six months. The study, published yesterday in Nature, is an important step in the development of a new treatment that could prevent HIV infections in people, with potentially far more effectiveness than any other contemporary method. In ...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland will make its own decision on PrEP

Nicola Sturgeon's World AIDS Day message

While NHS England shelved plans to offer the HIV-preventative drug, Scotland’s First Minister said the country will decide it’s own position on the drug’s availability. She stated: “I am keen that we take our own decisions and that we debate these issues in parliament and certainly don’t take a view that we will not do things because they aren’t done in ...

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Scotland’s leaders unite in solidarity with people living with HIV

Left to right - Ruth Davidson, Patrick Harvie, Nicola Sturgeon, George Valiotis, Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie

Scotland’s political leaders have united in solidarity today with people living with HIV, challenging stigma, prejudice and calling for improved detection. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and Green co-convener Patrick Harvie stood side-by-side at the steps to the Scottish Parliament, with HIV Scotland’s CEO, George Valiotis, wearing red ...

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PrEP: The Invincibility Pill?

Truvada

You may have heard about PrEP, the drug which can protect people against HIV. PrEP stand for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It is used as an anti-HIV medication that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected. The drug is called Truvada and is more commonly used as part of HIV antiretroviral therapy for HIV positive men and women, but in recent years ...

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Proud study film highlights PrEP’s necessity: Part 2

PrEP

Filmmaker Nicholas Feustel has launched a unique documentary about the PROUD HIV prevention study, in the second part of an interview series, we discuss the implications for Scotland. The documentary and the issues it raises has begun to spark a public debate in Scotland’s LGBTI communities. KaleidoScot interviewed several key policy, and health charities as well as hearing the opinion ...

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Proud study film highlights PrEP’s necessity: Part 1

Proud Study

Filmmaker Nicholas Feustel has launched a unique documentary about the PROUD HIV prevention study, in a two-part feature series, KaleidoScot discusses the film, its importance and interviews participants and experts. In the first part of the interview we speak with Feustel, and documentary participants, Gus Cairns and Greg Mitchell. The PROUD study showed that Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) – taking a ...

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HIV treatment to be given on diagnosis, trial suggests

HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte

A clinical trial study found that people living with the HIV should start treatment before the virus weakens their immune system, as is the case now. The important randomaised clinical trial study showed that if HIV positive people receive treatment when their CD4 cell count is higher, instead of waiting until their CD4 cell count drops to lower levels, have ...

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Scotland must extend PrEP not wait for HIV vaccine

PrEP

Charities across Scotland and the UK called upon the government for access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an effective means of preventing HIV infection. While a vaccine for HIV could still be a long way off, existing prevention methods means Scotland and the rest of the UK already has the potential to reduce onward transmission of HIV, providing there is ...

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