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Treatment can be prevention. Image of pill via nito/Shutterstock

Treatment as prevention – the facts behind PrEP

Ever since combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) was introduced in 1996, HIV has been transformed from a fatal diagnosis to a chronic and manageable condition for many people. ART made it possible for…
Like some other viruses, HIV hides in various places in the body, including in long-lived immune cells like this one. NIAID/Flickr

End to HIV no closer as early treatment fails to cure baby

A second case of a baby who was ostensibly “cured” of HIV after early treatment has been discounted as a possible breakthrough…
Advances are being made towards a HIV cure but with 34 million affected worldwide there’s still a lot of work to be done to help manage it. Wikimedia Commons/C Goldsmith

HIV cure: scientific reality or media hype?

Until a few years ago there was no talk of curing HIV. Research focused on making anti-HIV drugs better, trying to find a vaccine or understanding why they didn’t seem to be working. Another area was public…
Sex workers in developing countries are particularly vulnerable to medical abuses. Cheryl Overs

HIV drugs for prevention: a game changer for sex workers?

It’s been known for some time that antiretroviral medicines could have a role in preventing HIV as well as treating it. Now, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of an antiretroviral…
Every year outbreaks of influenza in aged-care facilities create major disruption. Alyssa L. Miller

Protecting our elderly: beating flu outbreaks in nursing homes

Flu outbreaks in nursing homes can lead to pneumonia, stroke and heart attacks among elderly residents. Staff are a major potential source of infection, but only around one in five get an annual flu shot…

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