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This Week in HIV Research: Setting a New Bar

June 11, 2020: Diagnosis rates within a year of infection; rates of intentional non-daily PrEP use; neurological development in children of birth parents with HIV; point-of-care urine test to assess tenofovir levels.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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This Week in HIV Research: The Long Road to the End

Dec. 12, 2019: A lot of catchup to do before “Ending the HIV Epidemic”; the value of online HIV self-test distribution; viral suppression is about more than basic HIV treatment services; effect of hormone therapy on PrEP levels.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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Do Intimate Relationships Affect Drug Use in Black Gay and Bisexual Men?

Men with a main partner used drugs during sex at similar rates to those with only casual partners. But studying couples could lead to HIV prevention programs that could reduce racial disparity.

By Sony Salzman
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Trans Women Are Increasingly A Focus of HIV Programs, But What About their Cisgender Male Partners?

This population is under-represented in HIV data, and few prevention or treatment interventions exist to support them. A new meta-analysis hopes to paint a picture of what's needed.

By Martha Kempner
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This Week in HIV Research: My Achy-Breaky Heart

Sep. 5, 2019: An extra decade of "heart age"; stop grouping trans women with MSM; women often have anal cancer precursor lesions; hep C treatment success doesn't equal more risk behavior.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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This Week in HIV Research: Sex, Drugs, and Broken Bones

Aug. 8, 2019: Casual sex partners increase among U.S. MSM; why some MSM undervalue PrEP; proteinuria prevalence and fracture risk; cannabis, cocaine, and inflammation in people living with HIV.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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This Week in HIV Research: A Bite of the Apple

June 20, 2019: Housing stability and HIV viremia; how the stigma of poverty affects viral load; the best time to employ syringe services; promise for the practice of index testing.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
AIDS Activists Hold March And Rally In New York City

Ending the HIV Epidemic Will Take More Than Medicine

Our HIV research agenda has to address the world outside of a clinical trial, vaccine researcher Stephaun E. Wallace, Ph.D., argues.

By Stephaun E. Wallace, Ph.D.
Overdoses and Smoking Are Taking the Lives of People With HIV Who Have Been Cured of Hepatitis C Img

Overdoses and Smoking Are Taking the Lives of People With HIV Who Have Been Cured of Hepatitis C

"Providing HCV treatment alone while neglecting to concurrently address the social determinants of health will do little to improve the health outcomes of the majority of individuals with chronic HCV," the study authors wrote.

By Sean R. Hosein for Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange
The Opioid Epidemic Is Fueling HIV Cluster Outbreaks -- Here's How the CDC is Responding Img

The Opioid Epidemic Is Fueling HIV Cluster Outbreaks -- Here's How the CDC is Responding

Epidemiologists are using a combination of molecular surveillance and tuberculosis-style contact tracing in hopes of helping local health departments curb HIV transmissions.

By Sony Salzman