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The lead needs to mention treatment as prevention[edit]

In the current version of the article the lead says "Prevention of HIV infection, primarily through safe sex and needle-exchange programs, is a key strategy to control the spread of the disease." Ten or fifteen years ago safe sex and needle exchange programs may have been the primary strategies for HIV prevention but a lot has happened since then. In recent years there has been a bit of a paradigm shift in terms of priorities as studies such as HPTN 052 confirmed that early initiation of antiretroviral treatment greatly reduces the chance of HIV transmission. The concept of treatment as prevention (also called TasP) is well explained in this AVERT article. UNAIDS considers TasP to be a key element in HIV prevention. The Executive Director of UNAIDS, commented on the HPTN 052 study:

"This breakthrough is a serious game changer and will drive the prevention revolution forward. It makes HIV treatment a new priority prevention option." (Source: UNAIDS)

In the context to their ambitious 90/90/90 target for 2020, UNAIDS says:

“Antiretroviral therapy is projected to account for 60% of infections prevented through scale-up of these priority strategies.” (Source: AIDSmap)

and in 2012 the WHO released a publication of treatment as prevention and states:

"It is certain that TasP needs to be considered as a key element of combination HIV prevention and as a major part of the solution to ending the HIV epidemic." (Source: WHO)

Would one of you be so kind to edit the lead accordingly? Thanks Chakalacka (talk) 16:19, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

Done Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 09:32, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
Chakalacka I started a treatment as prevention article since there is already an article on HPTN 052 and since so many papers have been written on the topic since that trial. Blue Rasberry (talk) 11:50, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
Thank you two for the edits. Much better now. Also thanks for creating the TasP article. If I find time I may expand it a bit. Chakalacka (talk) 02:02, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

"Nukes" and "Non-nukes"[edit]

If these 2 words do not appear in this HIV/AIDS article... the Tx of this disease hasn't been sufficiently covered! 182.255.99.214 (talk) 07:24, 13 June 2015 (UTC)

Well, if you know what those two words stand for you'll see that NRTIs and NNRTIs are indeed covered by the article. I see no reason why an encyclopedia has to mention such informal terms from the old days... Chakalacka (talk) 22:47, 25 June 2015 (UTC)
The terms "Nukes" and "Non-nukes" are still widely used in clinical discussions. Not sure where slang would go in this article, but if there's a place for it then these terms are as important for understanding the vernacular as any. — soupvector (talk) 21:14, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 17 June 2015[edit]

Please add "A study of African American women residing in the United States found that level of education, access to health care coverage, and having recently engaged in high-risk activities increase the likelihood of getting tested for HIV. Conversely, the same study found that a woman's age and marital status can lower the likelihood that a woman get tested for HIV." to the section on HIV Testing.

Source: Morooka, H., & Lampkins, A. (2014). Who has been tested and who should be tested? Policy implication on HIV/AIDS testing among AFrican American women--Evidence using data from BRFSS. Journal of Research on Women and Gender, 5, 30-39.


JRWG (talk) 15:41, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

JRWG This is an article about HIV/AIDS generally and it has an international audience. If you want to add this information, then perhaps HIV/AIDS in the United States would be the best place. That article is not locked so you can add it yourself. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:14, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

Potent[edit]

This word has multiple meanings which makes it confusing. Thus IMO we should use the term "very effective" or some other term instead.[1] Peoples thoughts? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:58, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

I don't object to your new version; however, contrary to your edit summary, there is nothing wrong with using a specific word from a reliable source. soupvector (talk) 02:29, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Yes as long we we paraphrase sufficiently. I believe strongly that we should try to use relatively easy to understand language. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 05:33, 11 September 2015 (UTC)
Nothing I've said or done should suggest I disagree. soupvector (talk) 15:46, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks :-) Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 05:41, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

Origin and complete treatment if medications get consumed before the fist 72 hours of the infection[edit]

You may like to edit the article and add the recent information to the article (it's on the website's first page too): http://www.microbeworld.org/component/jlibrary/?view=article&id=14267 --78.164.31.122 (talk) 19:12, 11 September 2015 (UTC)

Nothing new there or definitive there that should be added here. If you have a specific editing proposal, please provide one. soupvector (talk) 15:52, 12 September 2015 (UTC)

Haematological manifestations[edit]

Review - doi:10.1111/bjh.13783 JFW | T@lk 15:34, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 29 January 2016[edit]

Hiv replication cycle — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ccirios (talkcontribs) 18:08, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

Added Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 11:53, 9 June 2016 (UTC)

History[edit]

Have moved this here "According to Dr. Irwin Sherman, a retired biology professor emeritus from University of California, Riverside, a Norwegian sailor, born in 1947, and visited Douala, Camaroon, West Africa in the early 1960's, was infected with AIDS-like symptoms around 1966 and died at age 29 of "dementia and pneumonia" and had developed "lymphadenopathy with recurrent colds". In 1973, blood samples taken from him, his daughter and wife, who also died from opportunistic infection, "tested positive for HIV".[1]."

Not convinced it should be placed before "Mandell, Gerald L.; Bennett, John E.; Dolin, Raphael, eds. (2010). Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases (7th ed.)." or given the equivalent weight. Do any other sources corroborate this? Also "infected with AIDS-like symptoms around 1966" does not make sense. Would be developed AIDs like symptoms.

Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 01:47, 9 June 2016 (UTC)

Found another ref. [2] Looks okay. Added back in [3] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 01:52, 9 June 2016 (UTC)