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Revised US tally: HIV infections fell 18 percent in 6 years

FILE - This Tuesday, April 21, 2015 file photo shows stickers given to clients after they get tested for HIV at the Austin Community Outreach Center in Austin, Ind. The nation is seeing a steady and substantial decline in the number of new HIV infections occurring each year, according to new federal estimates released on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)NEW YORK (AP) — New calculations to better track HIV infections confirm that the U.S. is seeing a strong and steady decline.



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Almost half of HIV infections worldwide undetected: WHO

Almost half of HIV infections worldwide undetected: WHOThe World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that nearly half of all people with HIV around the globe do not know they are infected, and called for broader access to at-home testing kits. Today, more than 80 percent of those diagnosed with HIV are receiving ART, but that is still less than half of the 36.7 million people believed to be living with the virus. "We still have a major treatment gap," Gottfried Hirnschall, head of WHO's HIV department, told reporters in Geneva, warning that "many people actually get to treatment late because they don't know they are HIV positive".



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Almost half of HIV infections worldwide undetected: WHO

Almost half of HIV infections worldwide undetected: WHOThe World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that nearly half of all people with HIV around the globe do not know they are infected, and called for broader access to at-home testing kits. Today, more than 80 percent of those diagnosed with HIV are receiving ART, but that is still less than half of the 36.7 million people believed to be living with the virus. "We still have a major treatment gap," Gottfried Hirnschall, head of WHO's HIV department, told reporters in Geneva, warning that "many people actually get to treatment late because they don't know they are HIV positive".



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Almost half of HIV infections worldwide undetected: WHO

More than 80 percent of all patients diagnosed with HIV are receiving anti-retroviral therapyThe World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that nearly half of all people with HIV around the globe do not know they are infected, and called for broader access to at-home testing kits. Today, more than 80 percent of those diagnosed with HIV are receiving ART, but that is still less than half of the 36.7 million people believed to be living with the virus. "We still have a major treatment gap," Gottfried Hirnschall, head of WHO's HIV department, told reporters in Geneva, warning that "many people actually get to treatment late because they don't know they are HIV positive".



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HIV infections level off at ‘worrying’ 2.5 mn a year: study

New HIV infections have plateaued for the past 10 years after a steep dip from a peak rate of 3.3 million in 1997, said the authors of a comprehensive analysis in The Lancet HIV journalSome 2.5 million people are still becoming infected with HIV every year even as drugs have slashed the death rate and patients live longer than ever, a global AIDS study said Tuesday. New infections have plateaued after a steep dip from the peak rate of 3.3 million in 1997, said the authors of a comprehensive analysis in The Lancet HIV journal. It was published to coincide with the International AIDS conference underway in Durban, South Africa to assess progress in stemming an outbreak that has killed more than 30 million people since the 1980s.



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HIV pill could cut infections in gay, bisexual men by a third

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – The rate of new HIV infections among gay and bisexual men could drop by up to a third over the next decade if enough eligible men take a drug that protects against the virus, researchers estimate. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eligible gay and bisexual men meet any of three criteria: they have unprotected anal sex in a monogamous relationship with a partner not recently tested for HIV, or they have unprotected anal sex with a partner outside of a monogamous relationship or they have any anal sex with someone who is HIV positive.
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El Nino, La Nina could lead to spike in new HIV infections in Africa: UNICEF

By Magdalena Mis ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Drought exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern could lead to a spike in new HIV infections in southern Africa as women and girls turn to sex to survive and patients miss treatments, the United Nations childrens’ agency UNICEF said on Tuesday. More than 60 million people, two thirds of them in east and southern Africa, are facing food shortages because of droughts linked to El Nino, a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, according to the United Nations.
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U.S. panel reaffirms syphilis screening advice as infections rise

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Doctors should offer testing for syphilis to men who have sex with men, people living with HIV and others at an increased risk of the sexually transmitted disease, a U.S. government-backed panel recommended on Tuesday. The recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) reaffirms its 2004 guidelines. “It’s a great opportunity for primary care clinicians to identify people who are at a higher risk to be counseled about prevention and treated if needed,” said Ann Kurth, a member of the USPSTF and the dean of the Yale School of Nursing in Orange, Connecticut.
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HIV infections fall over last decade, progress uneven

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – The rate of new HIV infections in the U.S. fell over the last decade, but progress wasn’t equal for all groups, according to a new government report. Across the country, new diagnoses of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, fell by about 20 percent between 2005 and 2014. “There is uneven progress and ongoing severe disparities,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, who is director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the CDC in Atlanta.
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New HIV infections in gay black men may be leveling off

NEW YORK (AP) — New HIV infections in gay black men may finally be leveling off, health officials reported Sunday.
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