HIV

Study shows widespread global implementation of WHO’s “Treat All” recommendation for people living with HIV

Study shows widespread global implementation of WHO’s “Treat All” recommendation for people living with HIV
For immediate release: July 12, 2019 A new study published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society shows that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2015 recommendation for immediate treatment of all people living with HIV has become the standard of care across HIV clinics in countries around the world. While most countries have adopted the WHO’s “Treat All” recommendation, the extent to which these guidelines had been translated into practice at HIV clinics around the world was previously unknown.  Based on a survey conducted at more than 200 HIV care and treatment sites ...
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Large study of “Treat All” policies for HIV in sub-Saharan Africa finds major improvements in rapid uptake of treatment

Large study of “Treat All” policies for HIV in sub-Saharan Africa finds major improvements in rapid uptake of treatment
For immediate release June 10, 2019 A new study published in PLoS Medicine found that the adoption of the World Health Organization’s 2015 “Treat All” recommendation was followed by large increases in rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in six sub-Saharan African countries. The study found significant increases in rapid ART initiation immediately after national introduction of Treat All policies in Burundi, Kenya, Malawi and Rwanda, with 12.5 to 34.5 percentage point increases in the percentage of patients who initiated ART within 30 days of enrolling into HIV care.  ...
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Immediate HIV treatment initiation has increased but is not yet universal in NYC

Immediate HIV treatment initiation has increased but is not yet universal in NYC
May 2, 2019 A new study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases found that immediate treatment initiation for HIV infection has improved since local and federal guidelines began to recommend universal treatment for all persons diagnosed with HIV, regardless of their disease stage. Despite notable improvements, nearly 25 percent of New York City residents with a new HIV diagnosis in 2015 had not initiated treatment within six months of their diagnosis. Another key study finding was that only 35 percent of people diagnosed with HIV had less advanced HIV disease. The study’s autho...
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How health care facility characteristics affect HIV viral suppression among NYC patients

How health care facility characteristics affect HIV viral suppression among NYC patients
April 2, 2019 Health care facility characteristics such as the type of clinical setting, the travel distance from the patient’s home, the support services offered, and physician experience have been shown to influence health outcomes among persons with HIV, but few studies have explored how these factors influence HIV viral suppression among patients. To test the association of these characteristics with the achievement and maintenance of HIV suppression among newly-diagnosed New York City residents, CUNY SPH doctoral alumna Ellen Wiewel—now the director of research and evaluation at th...
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