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AIDS 2016: More Confidence on Zero Risk -- Still No Linked HIV Infections in PARTNER Study

The PARTNER study, which 2 years ago generated headlines by establishing that the chance of an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load transmitting the virus was very low and quite possibly zero, released new data last week at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) that further refined this estimate. The findings were also published in the July 12 New England Journal of Medicine.

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AIDS 2016: New HIV Vaccine Efficacy Trial Set to Start this Year

A new efficacy trial for an HIV vaccine -- only the seventh ever conducted in the history of the epidemic -- will start this November, delegates heard at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) taking place this week in Durban. The HVTN 702 study will enroll 5400 men and women in southern Africa, and is planned to last for 4 years. In May it was announced that a pilot study, HVTN 100, had met the criteria for the vaccine being taken forward into the larger study. But this week was the first time researchers revealed how well it had met those criteria.

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AIDS 2016: Australia Adopts Ambitious Plan to Use PrEP to "Virtually Eliminate" HIV

Australia plans an ambitious program of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) provision for gay men at high risk of HIV, with the aim of "virtually eliminating" HIV in the gay community by 2020, Iryna Zablotska from the University of New South Wales told delegates at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) this week in Durban. PrEP roll-out is also underway in some countries in Kenya and South Africa.

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AIDS 2016: SEARCH Study Exceeds 90-90-90 Targets After 2 Years of HIV Test-and-Treat

A large study that embeds "'test-and-treat" for HIV within a larger multi-disease prevention campaign in rural Kenya and Uganda has achieved 82% viral suppression after 2 years, and has already exceeded UNAIDS targets for viral suppression after 1 year of activity, investigators from the SEARCH study reported at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) this week in Durban.

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AIDS 2016: Young Gay Men Can Do Well on PrEP, But May Need More Support

Young gay and bisexual men had good adherence to Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) during the first few months of a demonstration project with close monitoring, but adherence slipped once follow-up switched from monthly to quarterly, suggesting that young people using PrEP may require more on-going support, according to a presentation at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) this week in Durban.

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