AIDS

We Must Make HIV-Related Self-Care Famous, Panel Agrees

July 10, 2020

According to the World Health Organization, self-care is “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote and maintain health, prevent disease, and cope with illness with or without the support of a health care provider.”

Birx: There Have Been Gains, and Setbacks, in Our Global Fight Against HIV

July 10, 2020

“We need to maintain our focus on key populations to ensure that we're focusing on each and every key population—from men who have sex with men to sex workers to people who inject drugs to our trans community—to make sure every single community has access to both prevention and treatment services and that we’re meeting each of the community members where they are to ensure that they can achieve viral suppression,” said Ambassador Deborah Birx, MD, on day 4 of AIDS 2020.

HIV, COVID-19, and Telehealth: Where Do We Go From Here, Panel Asks

July 09, 2020

A panel of experts came together on day 3 of AIDS 2020 to discuss their experiences with telehealth during the first few months of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in attempting to not disrupt the continuum of care for their patients with HIV, those at risk for the virus, and their care teams, as well as to give advice moving forward in continuing to offer the service.

What Can Be Done to Reach People With Comorbid HIV, Severe Mental Illness?

July 08, 2020

Individuals with severe mental illness are notoriously difficult to engage and retain in HIV care due to fragmented health care policies and systems that perpetuate stigma, according to an electronic poster presentation today at AIDS 2020.

Fauci: We Must Maximize Our Current Resources While Innovating to End HIV

July 08, 2020

“We find ourselves in a very unusual situation, and now is a good time for me to lay some common denominator principles that I think can be applicable to many, if not all, the countries beset with an HIV epidemic,” said Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in a special live session on day 2 of AIDS 2020.

Persistent Social and Racial Disparities Are Hindering the Fight to End HIV

July 08, 2020

Higher rates of HIV can be seen within specific communities, particularly minority communities, along with a systematic bias taking place in policy and medical settings, noted Greg Millet, vice president at the Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) and director of amFAR’s Public Policy Office, on day 2 of AIDS 2020.

Ending the HIV Epidemic Calls for Flexibility and Innovation, Panel Emphasizes

July 07, 2020

The US government's Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, is founded on 4 pillars: diagnose, treat, prevent, respond. The goals of this program are to reduce new HIV infections by 75% by 2025 and by 90% by 2030.

ACA Coverage Has a Positive Impact on Adults With HIV, Viral Suppression

July 07, 2020

Following implementation of several major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014, health insurance coverage for HIV-positive individuals increased, leading to sustained viral suppression in some instances and improving their ability to increase access to often life-saving services.

Panel: We Must Invest in Communities With HIV, Respond to Their Needs, and Leave No One Behind

July 06, 2020

This year marks the 23rd International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2020, and the 30th anniversary of the first conference held in San Francisco in 1990 amid the first few years of the AIDS epidemic. The theme for this year’s conference is “Resilience,” and that certainly holds true for this global undertaking, which is happening in a virtual setting for the first time in the conference’s history due to the current coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.