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HIV transmission and questions around it…

HIV Particle

HIV Particle (Photo credit: AJC1)

Even in a world where all information about HIV is out in the public there are still questions around transmission and viral load of people living with HIV. Especially when it comes to couples with one being positive and the other negative  these questions arise. In our South African context where there is a whole generation with many people being born and living with the virus, those questions are essential to be asked and answered properly.
Questions like:

* What is exactly viral load and how is it affected by HIV Treatment?
* What is a normal “viral load”?
* What does it mean to have an “undetectable” blood viral load?
* Is the viral load in the blood associated with a person’s risk of transmitting HIV?
* Does HIV treatment reduce the risk of sexual transmission of HIV?
* Is HIV transmission possible when the viral load in the blood is undetectable?
* What is the risk of HIV transmission when the blood viral load is undetectable?
* What does this all mean for people who want to use HIV treatment to prevent HIV transmission

The Body published an article from the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange Project on all these questions and it is worth reading for those interested. Click here to read the article.

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HIV – Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

PEP is since introduction in discussions. Some see it as a helpful tool to avoid infection, others think it provides a false safety feeling. Judge for yourself…

 

EILE Magazine

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Dr Shay Keating has sent us this in-depth view of HIV risk and transmission, and the PEP treatment which can stop the infection after it enters the body 

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How long do I live when HIV positive?

Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (Photo credit: Greatist)

A good question and first the good news: People with HIV may enjoy life spans close to normal if they are on antiretroviral therapy, maintain low viral loads and CD4 counts above 350, are not co infected with viral hepatitis, and are not injection drug users, according to a new study from the United Kingdom, aidsmap reports. It is an interesting report giving hope to those thinking, that HIV might cut their life too short to live it to the fullest. A good starting point to read it at the beginning of the year. Click here

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Drinking and ART Therapy

English: AIDS Project Los Angeles color logo

Ever thought about drinking and HIV medication? Is it healthy to drink after taking the pills? In the ongoing struggle to improve adherence to HIV medications, alcohol has long been an obvious crux standing in the way of progress. Brian Risley, manager of the treatment education program at AIDS Project Los Angeles, says some of the common refrains he hears from his HIV-positive clients are, “They got drunk, they forgot to take their meds; they went home with somebody and they didn’t bring any meds with them.” Now cutting-edge research has teased out a new component of booze’s detrimental effects on health outcomes: the fact that many people with HIV skip their meds on purpose when they are drinking because they falsely believe that antiretrovirals (ARVs) and alcohol are a toxic mix. Read more in an exclusive report from the magazine POZ about this thrilling and important topic here.

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From April 2013 1 pill per day..

Antiretroviral drugs

Antiretroviral drugs (Photo credit: DFID – UK Department for International Development)

 

This week the national Health Department of South Africa announced another major change in the treatment of HIV. Gone will be the days when AIDS patients will have to sort through a combination of pills every day – morning, day and evening – to control their HIV infection. As from April next year, patients will have the convenience of taking just one pill a day, which contains all three antiretroviral drugs that they need. This “fixed dose combination” – packaged in a single tablet will assist over 80% of the 1.8 million patients taking antiretrovirals in making their life and intake of medication much easier. Read here more about this great development in an article by Khopotso Bodibe.

 

 

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