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Samuel J. Bunting
Conference Coverage

Getting PrEP to People by Training Entire Health Teams

Primary care providers need more education when it comes to PrEP, not only for them, but also for patients, who often think they need to see a specialist just to take this preventative medicine.

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Conference Coverage

3D Imaging Videos Show HIV Infection Might Establish Within Hours

A fascinating lecture at this year's HIVR4P conference showed how advances in modern scanning technologies can be used to get more accurate information about the first stages of HIV infection and on the ways that HIV drugs are absorbed and distribute...

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Sexually Transmitted Infections

This Week in HIV Research: When Prioritizing Treatment, Look Beyond CD4

Gauging treatment priority when CD4 count is high; the effect of hepatitis C coinfection on response to HIV treatment; HIV, aging and comorbidity in Africa; PrEP and drug-resistant gonorrhea.

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Study Links Gut-Homing Protein Levels With HIV Infection Risk, Disease Progression

For the first time, scientists have shown a relationship between the proportion of key immune cells that display high levels of a gut-homing protein called alpha-4 beta-7 at the time of HIV infection and health outcomes.

HIV bearing alpha-4 beta-7 (orange)

Taking HIV to the Gut

During the early stages of infection, HIV mounts a severe and prolonged attack on the gut, which harbors a rich population of CD4 T cells. Watch a two-minute animation describing the process.

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CROI (Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections)

Implementation of a Rapid HIV Diagnostic and Referral Strategy

One study in Amsterdam deployed a strategy to identify acute HIV in men who have sex with men (MSM) and then link newly diagnosed individuals to care.

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Viral Load Blips During Acute HIV Infection Predict Viral Rebound When Treatment Stops

Number of viral load blips during antiretroviral therapy begun during acute HIV infection predicted viral rebound when treatment stopped in a 228-person international study.

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End-Organ Damage Markers Stay Abnormally High After Treatment for Acute HIV

Elevated markers of inflammation and coagulation declined toward normal during treatment for acute HIV infection in a 247-person study. But other markers of disease signals remained above normal through 96 weeks of treatment.

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New Research Shows Abnormal Immune Activation Even in Very Early HIV Infection

Even in very early HIV infection -- before fourth generation HIV test assays are able to detect HIV infection -- immune activation and inflammatory processes may already be occurring.

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IAS (International AIDS Society) Conference

The Day the HIV Treatment Pendulum Stopped Swinging

People expected the START study results to be good. But they never expected them to be this good.