Addressing PrEP Disparities among Young Gay & Bisexual Men in CA
(CA HIV/AIDS Research Program)
Young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (YMSM), particularly black and Latino YMSM, are at highest risk for HIV in California and across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that if current rates persist, half of all black—and a quarter of all Latino—gay and bisexual men could be infected with HIV in their lifetimes. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective HIV prevention intervention that could drastically reduce the number of new HIV infections among YMSM. PrEP uses a well-established antiretroviral medication, Truvada, to block HIV infection in at-risk HIV-negative individuals. When taken as prescribed, Truvada is proven to be over 90 percent effective at preventing HIV.
USB Stick Can Test HIV Viral Load
Scientists have developed a USB stick that can measure an HIV-positive person’s viral load. Using a drop of blood, the stick can be plugged into a computer, laptop or handheld electronic device to give results within half an hour. READ FULL STORY
HIV Risk Factors in People With Hep C
Looking to understand what factors can help predict whether someone with hepatitis C virus (HCV) will later contract HIV, researchers analyzed data from the British Columbia Hepatitis Testers Cohort. This database includes information about all of the Canadian province’s 1.5 million residents tested for HCV or HIV between 1990 and 2013. The investigators tracked those who tested positive for HCV antibodies (a subsequent test for HCV’s genetic materials detects a chronic infection) to see whether they later tested positive for HIV. READ FULL STORY