Although numbers of children living with HIV in Australia are small there are anecdotal reports that adolescents transitioning to adult HIV care can face many hurdles and often have difficulties adhering to treatments. Once an HIV positive adolescent turns 18 they are no longer able to access many of the supports they had as children and may not easily fit into the support provided around HIV positive adults.
As there is little data about outcomes for children transitioning to adult HIV care, Dutch researchers designed a study which looked at 59 people who entered HIV care as children and then transitioned into adult care. The investigators collected data on factors associated with adverse outcomes after transition. [Read more…] about Transitioning to Adult HIV Care
A recent systematic review of clinical trials of HIV antiretroviral medications showed women were less than a quarter of participants. The authors noted that this could limit the generalisability of findings as women can absorb drugs differently and respond differently to medication (side effects). [Read more…] about Women under-represented in HIV clinical trials
An Australian survey of people living with HIV
Please fill in the survey now at www.hivfutures.org.au
HIV Futures 8 is a survey about the health and wellbeing of PLHIV. The study is keen to hear from PLHIV all over Australia – men, women and trans people, heterosexual, gay and bisexual people.
HIV Futures is an important project. It provides information to help governments, clinical services and community groups plan programs and policy. [Read more…] about HIV futures 8
There’s a lot of news coming out of the big international conference on retroviruses and opportunistic infections in the US this week: CROI 2015., which you can follow if you are on Twitter at #CROI2015 or you can go to AIDSmap for news items about the conference.
The highlights so far include results from two trials which indicate the effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for gay men. Reports from the Partners Demonstration Project also indicate the efficacy of PrEP and antiretroviral treatment as a transitional strategy for serodiscordant heterosexual couples.