Tag: HIV

NIH: With HIV, undetectable equals untransmittable

WASHINGTON — Officials with the National Institutes of Health said in a new report on Thursday that overwhelming evidence has established that undetectable equals untransmittable with HIV. From the NIH: U=U means that people living with HIV who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load—the amount of HIV in the blood—by taking and adhering to antiretroviral…

Evanston library to host STI screening with Howard Brown

EVANSTON — The Evanston Health and Human Services Department, Howard Brown Health and the Evanston Public Library (EPL) are working together to provide STI screening in this Chicago suburb. From the Daily Northwestern: Starting Jan. 14, individuals will be able to walk in to EPL’s main branch in downtown Evanston on the second Monday of…

Man sues over former employer, recruiter over revealing HIV status

SCHAUMBURG — A Naperville man this week sued his former Schaumburg-based recuiter and Elgin-based employer for revealing his HIV status and later firing him. From the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights: A 34-year-old Naperville man identified in court records as John Doe seeks damages from Medela of Elgin and the owner of Gotham Professional Services…

Spreading the word about PrEP in the Prairie State

By Matt Simonette SPRINGFIELD — Jeffery Erdman and Michael Maginn, both officials with the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA), are working hard to make sure that providers, advocates and community members across the entirety of Illinois know about PrEP resources. Erdman, IPHA’s assistant director for programs and compliance, said that the PrEP intervention had been…

Combination HIV antibody infusions safely maintain viral suppression in select individuals

WASHINGTON — A small group of people living with HIV sensitive to two potent anti-HIV broadly neutralizing antibodies (link is external) (bNAbs) — 3BNC117 and 10-1074 — tolerated multiple infusions of the antibodies and suppressed HIV for more than 15 weeks after stopping antiretroviral therapy (ART). The new findings, from a pilot clinical trial supported…

U.S. doctors’ group endorses event-based PrEP

AMSTERDAM — For the first time, a U.S.-based doctors group has endorsed event-based PrEP use. AIDSMap.com reported that the International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA) made the recommendation during the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam last month. In this case, event-based means PrEP is given on demand instead of a regular daily dose. According to AIDSMap, IAS-USA…