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CROI 2017: Science, Community, and Political Will Can End HIV Epidemic, Says New York Commissioner

New York City’s strategy to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic is firmly rooted in science, was developed in conjunction with community activists, and has support from top-level political leaders, Demetre Daskalakis told a plenary audience at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections last week in Seattle. "When you combine political will, biological interventions, and harm reduction, you can get to zero," he said.

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CROI 2017: Unique Case of PrEP Failure Without Drug Resistance Reported in Amsterdam

HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) appears to be nearly 100% effective if taken consistently. However, among tens of thousands of cases of PrEP preventing HIV, there have been a few reports of people who acquired HIV despite high adherence to PrEP and adequate drug levels, including one reported in a poster at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) last week in Seattle.

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Hope Overshadowed -- The National HIV PrEP Summit

The U.S. National HIV PrEP Summit, which took place in early December in San Francisco, was designed as an event of celebration and hope. Its structure, its speakers, even the way the plenary room was designed and the way the speakers dressed, all conveyed one message: we are all in this together, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) really is the game-changer we have been looking for.

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CROI 2017: STI Prophylaxis in PrEP Users Reduces Syphilis and Chlamydia, but Not Gonorrhea

Use of the antibiotic doxycycline as on-demand post-exposure prophylaxis by men who have sex with men taking part in the Ipergay HIV PrEP trial produced a 70% drop in chlamydia infections and a 73% drop in syphilis, but no reduction in gonorrhea, according to a late-breaking report at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) this week in Seattle.

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No New HIV Infections in Northern California Kaiser PrEP Program, but STI Rates Rising

No new HIV infections have been seen among nearly 1000 people who started Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, according to a report in the December 15, 2016, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The most recent analysis shows, however, that incidence of chlamydia and gonorrhea is high, suggesting that sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing may be needed quarterly rather than every 6 months.

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