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Passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Action for AIDS is saddened by the death of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, our first Prime Minister.    His leadership of our country and his achievements in building a secure and united nation with a focus on progress and prosperity, justice and equality for all Singaporeans will be his legacy.  Action for AIDS joins all […]

People Like Us

Based on the true-to-life characters, gayhealth.sg proudly presents ‘People Like Us’ the web series. Following the lives of four gay men in Singapore, ‘People Like Us’ is a poignant reflection and insightful look at being gay in Singapore. In addition to the sexual escapades and relationships that unfolds between them, the show explores critical health issues.

XDR-TB spread person-to-person, not by failure of drug

The vast majority of people with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) diagnosed in the world’s most extensive outbreak have acquired their infection from another person, not as the result of the failure of treatment for multidrug-resistant strains of tuberculosis (MDR-TB), N Sarita Shah told the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle, USA, on Wednesday.

PrEP and ART could almost eliminate HIV infection

Giving both pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) to heterosexual couples where one partner has HIV (serodiscordant couples) can almost eliminate the chance of infection in the HIV-negative partner, a study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle, USA, yesterday has shown.

Does HIV make you fat?

HIV infection or inflammatory changes associated with it may be responsible for fat accumulation and body fat redistribution, rather than HIV drugs, the CROI 2105 conference heard last week.

Dr Grace McComsey of Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio said that although the association of subcutaneous fat loss (lipoatrophy) with mitochondrial damage caused by certain HIV drugs was well-established (and most of the world no longer uses the drugs like stavudine that are most strongly associated with it), two decades of research had failed to establish a cause for the distinctive fat gain(lipohypertrophy), especially in the trunk and within the abdomen, seen in some people on antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Early HIV treatment reduces risk of serious illness and death by 44%

Starting HIV treatment at a CD4 cell count above 500 reduced the risk of serious illness including tuberculosis (TB), and death, by 44% when compared to starting treatment according to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, results from the seven-year Temprano study show. The findings were presented on Wednesday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle, USA.