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Injectable HIV treatment to begin phase III clinical trials

Perhaps we will be able stop having daily pills and move to bi-monthly injections. Here is hoping… “Although advancements in treatment have made HIV much easier to manage, the daily dosage of medication can often feel like a burden. Researchers have been working hard to develop new ways treatment can be delivered to those living with HIV to improve adherence and increase viral suppression. Now, ViiV Healthcare and Janssen are one step closer to making life with HIV a lot easier.” Read the rest at HIV Equal. Advertisements

New meds, same old problems…

It is just over a week since I have been on my new HIV meds. The change was to help with not having to have a specific number of calories to eat with taking them. That has helped, but now I have to remember to take the tablet within 30 minutes of food: any amount of food. And I keep forgetting. So that is why I am about to make some toast and jam.

Change of meds…

Eviplera to Stribild Today I am making the change from Eviplera to a newer drug which is four-in-one called Stribild. It is made up of four drugs: elvitegravir which is a type of antiretroviral called an integrase inhibitor; conicistat a “pharmacokinetic enhancer” which boosts levels of elvitegravir within the body, but has no activity against HIV; emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil which are both antiretrovirals known as nucleotide/nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) or “nukes”. A problem I had with taking Eviplera was that I kept failing to get the calorific quantity of food I needed with it, but Stribild has the benefit that it has no specific type or amount of food needed. The suggestion is to have it with a snack, or within 30 minutes of a main meal. Blood results As I tweeted earlier (from the clinic): Results from 24Nov15. – VL undetectable. CD4 333. — John [HIVBlogger] (@HIVBlogger) December 8, 2015 the results from my bloods done on 24 November 2015 were that my CD4 count was 333, and my Viral Load continues …

“I Like to Party” video raises awareness of PrEP

“When straight guys have a lot of sex, they’re called studs. But when gay guys have a lot of sex, they’re called sluts.” Public Health Solutions, a human service agency based in New York City, just released a new PrEP campaign that hits all the right notes. The “I Like to Party” video showcases adult film star J.D. Phoenix in a sex-positive look at how PrEP can be talked about without shame or judgment. Phoenix may be a controversial choice for a PrEP spokesperson, he has been spreading awareness about the HIV prevention pill by speaking at colleges and universities about his meth addiction, the adult film world, and his choice to use PrEP. All of that before the film was released. We need to make sure those responsible for public policy around PrEP get the message that it will help to stop the transmission of HIV. It will also help us to talk about gay sex, and not keep it hidden.

Maybe less than a week to go on Eviplera

It is hard to believe that it is about three-and-a-half years since I started taking Eviplera. Looking back it is clear that at the beginning I did know that it was meant to be taken with a meal, but somehow along the way I had forgotten. I had reverted to type and took it last thing at night before heading to bed. This means that it is not working as well as it should be, so the last time I was at my HIV clinic in Dublin, there is talk of me changing to a drug that does not need to be taken with food. My next appointment there is next Tuesday, so it looks like it might be less than a week to go until Eviplera is no longer part of my regime. Watch out next week to see what happens…

LibDem calls for PrEP via UK NHS on #WAD2015

On World AIDS Day the Liberal Democrat spokesman for Health, Norman Lamb called for the HIV-preventative drug Truvada or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis to be made available via the UK’s National Health Service. With more than 6,000 more people becoming infected with HIV in Britian in 2013, he says that it is clear that efforts to combat the virus are not working. Norman Lamb MP said: “It beggars belief that there is a drug which has been shown to be effective in preventing infection with the virus, but which has still not been made available on the NHS. We need to stop brushing the issue under the carpet and start to take HIV prevention seriously. “I am urging the NHS to take urgent action to halt the spread of HIV by making PrEP available to people considered to be at high risk of catching the virus, without further delay. This could have an enormous impact on the lives of countless numbers of people in high-risk groups, and will turn out far cheaper than our current strategy of …