Women's Health

Doctors' approach to HIV testing 'needs to change'

Doctors could encourage greater take-up of HIV testing by changing the way they approach patients about the matter, according to new research. Figures indicate that around 37 million people are living with HIV throughout the world, but almost half (46 per cent) of cases have not yet been diagnosed...

Intensive therapy linked to a fall in HIV infections

Frequent testing followed by treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART) could see HIV infection rates cut by 66 per cent, new research has suggested. Researchers in the Netherlands studied a number of men who have had sex with other men that were newly infected with HIV - a group that has recorded...

New treatment could help suppress HIV

The use of a technique known as 'passive immunisation' could help play a role in suppressing the effects of HIV, researchers have claimed. A large collaboration of researchers published findings earlier this December that suggested the use of an antibody, called VRC01, could help to...

Anti-HIV condom 'could be released next year'

A 'super condom' boasting anti-HIV properties could be on sale to the public as soon as next year, scientists have claimed. The contraceptive, developed by a team from the Texas A&M Health Science Center, USA, is made from an elastic polymer called hydrogel and contains plant-based...

‘Super condom’ could fight HIV, even after breaking

A new ‘super condom’ has been developed which it is hoped will help in the battle against HIV . Researchers at Texas A&M University in the United States have created a hydrogel condom, which contains antioxidants and can kill the virus, even after breaking. The condom is not made...

Londoners diagnosed with HIV 'make up half of all new cases' in England

People diagnosed with HIV in London, England, account for around half of all new cases across the country, new figures have shown. Research released by Public Health England claims there were 2,671 cases of HIV in the capital during 2014, with the rest of the country recording 2,887 cases. The...

HIV drugs 'not reaching many African patients'

The process of supplying potentially lifesaving antiretroviral drugs to HIV -positive patients in areas of sub-Saharan Africa is routinely falling short, a new study has claimed. A recent report from Medicins Sans Frontiere (MSF) claims that despite a rich stock, many of the necessary drugs are not...

Prince Harry opens HIV and AIDS centre

British monarch Prince Harry has opened a new children's centre in Lesotho in Johannesburg, South Africa, dedicated to helping to minimise the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and young people. The Sentebale charity claims to primarily help HIV positive minors and children already orphaned by...

HIV treatment given Euro green light

European regulators have approved the use of Gilead's Genvoya for the treatment of HIV . The drug gives adults access to what is a novel, once-daily, single-tablet that helps to suppress the virus and provide long-term health benefits for patients. The therapy is the first tenofovir alafenamide...

Lack of Vitamin D could hamper HIV treatment

Effectiveness of HIV treatment in adults may be hampered by low levels of vitamin D, new research has suggested. A study published in the journal Clinical Nutrition found that while many HIV positive sufferers are capable of living a long and healthy life, others see their immune system decline...