Are pipes for drug users a solution to Saskatchewan's HIV woes?

Are pipes for drug users a solution to Saskatchewan's HIV woes?

REGINA — An AIDS support worker in Saskatchewan says pipes should be more available to drug users if the province wants to reduce HIV rates that are among the highest in North America. Jason Mercredi of AIDS Saskatoon said there aren’t any pipes available as a means of harm reduction in Saskatchewan. The province says […]

Saskatchewan AIDS worker calls for more drug pipes to combat high HIV rates

Saskatchewan AIDS worker calls for more drug pipes to combat high HIV rates

REGINA — An AIDS support worker in Saskatchewan says pipes should be more available to drug users if the province wants to reduce HIV rates that are among the highest in North America. Jason Mercredi of AIDS Saskatoon said there aren’t any pipes available as a means of harm reduction in Saskatchewan. The province says […]

Aspirin may help prevent HIV transmission: Study

Aspirin may help prevent HIV transmission: Study

An affordable, globally available drug – low-dose aspirin – could help prevent HIV transmission, scientists say. HIV infection rates remain unacceptably high, especially among young African women.   Researchers including those from University of Manitoba in Canada tested the effect of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA or aspirin) and other anti-inflammatory drugs on HIV target cells in […]

Zimbabwe: Increasing Cases of Drug-Resistant HIV Worrisome

Zimbabwe: Increasing Cases of Drug-Resistant HIV Worrisome

By Mirirai Nsingo The introduction of antiretroviral therapy globally has certainly transformed HIV and AIDS from a terminal to a chronic disease with standards of living for people with the virus having been improved. Research scientists however worry over the rising cases of drug resistance in HIV which may subsequently lead to more HIV-related deaths, […]

Could aspirin a day 'keep HIV at bay'?

Could aspirin a day 'keep HIV at bay'?

A daily aspirin could lower women’s risk of catching HIV by 35 per cent, a new study has found. To infect someone, the virus requires susceptible cells in the genital tract, and previous studies have shown that people with higher blood pressure are more likely to have vulnerable cells down there. Researchers at the University […]

Increasing cases of drug-resistant HIV worrisome

Increasing cases of drug-resistant HIV worrisome

The Herald Mirirai NsingoThe introduction of antiretroviral therapy globally has certainly transformed HIV and AIDS from a terminal to a chronic disease with standards of living for people with the virus having been improved. Research scientists however worry over the rising cases of drug resistance in HIV which may subsequently lead to more HIV-related deaths, […]

Genetic Sequencing Can Evaluate the Effectiveness of HIV Interventions

Genetic Sequencing Can Evaluate the Effectiveness of HIV Interventions

Reducing the transmission of HIV is critical to preventing epidemics, but for investigators and health care providers it can be difficult to determine if the interventions being utilized to reduce transmission are effective.  In a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, a team of international investigators, including individuals from the Center for […]

An aspirin a day may keep HIV away, study finds

An aspirin a day may keep HIV away, study finds

Credit: Daniel Foster, Flickr An affordable, globally available drug – low-dose Aspirin – shows promise as a new approach to preventing HIV transmission, a University of Manitoba study has found. HIV infection rates remain unacceptably high, especially among young African women. The study team, which included researchers from the universities of Manitoba, Waterloo and Nairobi […]

People with HIV receiving methadone and HIV drugs spend less time with detectable viral load

People with HIV receiving methadone and HIV drugs spend less time with detectable viral load

People on methadone maintenance treatment spent less time with a detectable viral load above 1500 copies/ml, potentially reducing the risk of HIV transmission, a study presented at last month’s 22nd International AIDS Conference has found. Methadone is an opioid substitution treatment prescribed to minimise the harms associated with the use of heroin or other opioids. […]