PARTNERSHIPS & KEY POPULATIONS
People living with HIV want advances in HIV care, including flexible treatment options, according to Positive Perspectives research
Since the advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy, HIV has become a long-term health condition, as many people living with HIV with access to treatment are now living longer, healthier lives than before. However, Positive Perspectives study results indicate that many people living with HIV still aspire to treatments that have even less impact on quality of life.1
Global Positive Perspectives research shows increased treatment choices may help improve self-reported health outcomes in people living with HIV
While improvements in HIV care have been made, some people living with HIV still struggle with their HIV treatments. Results from the Positive Perspectives study highlighted barriers to adherence, and authors noted these may be addressed through increased treatment choices, particularly options that are simplified or less conspicuous parts of the lives of people living with HIV could help improve self-reported health outcomes.
A virtual roundtable event at the European Parliament hosted by ViiV Healthcare took place on Wednesday 28 October, 2020. Opened by key speaker Frances Fitzgerald, MEP (EPP, IE), the event brought together stakeholders from across Europe, united in their aim of ensuring HIV and AIDS remain top of the health policy agenda.
Positive Perspectives study results reinforce importance of good communication between people living with HIV and their healthcare providers
Global Positive Perspectives data demonstrate a strong link between high reported engagement with healthcare providers (HCPs) and positive self-reported health outcomes for people living with HIV (PLHIV), yet study results also show many do not feel comfortable raising important treatment issues.1
Conversations about U = U may improve health outcomes, but how many people living with HIV are receiving this information?
Undetectable equals untransmittable (U = U) is an empowering message and has been used in many public health campaigns and clinical guidelines across the world.1,2,3 It is a simple and powerful reminder of the benefits that effective antiretroviral therapies (ART) can bring to people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their sexual partners.
Today, living with HIV is a very different experience from just ten years ago. Advances in prevention, treatment and care mean that people living with HIV can live longer, healthier lives, with a person starting treatment at 20 years old now able to expect to see their 77th birthday.1 Despite this progress, people living with HIV face unique challenges that affect their quality of life every day.
Listening to the voices of people living with HIV - sharing and amplifying their aspirations and unmet needs - is an important step in ViiV Healthcare’s ambition to make HIV a smaller part of people’s lives. The Positive Perspectives study, sponsored by ViiV Healthcare and developed in collaboration with an international, multi-disciplinary Advisory Committee, explores these same topics.
During HIV Glasgow 2020, HIV community members and clinicians joined our live webinar ‘New Perspectives on Positive,’ where Positive Perspectives study authors and advisory committee members presented topline findings and discussed recommendations based on the data.
Results from the Positive Perspectives study highlight some of the benefits of engagement between healthcare providers and people living with HIV in North America
New data from the Positive Perspectives study revealed that people living with HIV (PLHIV) who reported high engagement with their healthcare providers (HCPs) also reported optimal overall health; while for others, considerable psychosocial and emotional antiretroviral treatment-related challenges remain.
Positive Perspectives data reveal unmet needs of people living with HIV, including newly diagnosed older people and men who have sex with women
As many people living with HIV (PLHIV) can look forward to near normal life expectancies thanks to advances in antiretroviral therapy (ART), tailored support across age groups, gender and sexual orientation can have wide-reaching benefits beyond viral suppression.
From surviving to thriving with HIV, what do people living with HIV want and need to achieve an optimal quality of life?
Attendees joined us from around the world at AIDS 2020: Virtual to discover the latest findings from the Positive Perspectives Wave 2 Study.
The Global Positive Perspectives Wave 2 Study is one of the largest, global, HIV patient-reported outcomes studies to date, involving 2,389 people living with HIV (PLHIV) aged 18-84 across 25 countries.
Read this article from ViiV Healthcare about one of the largest, global, HIV patient-reported outcomes studies to date, which provides perspectives from a diverse group of people living with HIV across the world.
New positive perspectives data confirm importance of a holistic approach to care and health-related quality of life for PLHIV
Thanks to rapid advances and innovation in antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, people living with HIV (PLHIV) can live longer, healthy lives with their viral load both undetectable and untransmittable.
While it may now be commonly accepted that a lack of respect for human rights can accelerate the HIV epidemic, this isn’t always reflected in the policies and institutions that shape the lives of people living with HIV.
HIV may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Latin America, but together with the Caribbean, the region is home to an estimated 2.1 million people living with HIV.
HIV self-stigma can manifest itself in many ways. From worrying about how a friend might feel if you shared a drink with them, to fear of your HIV status being known in the workplace.
Much has been done to reduce discrimination at an organisational level through anti-discrimination laws, but this varies across countries. More needs to be done to ensure that legislative frameworks are being implemented and that stigma and discrimination is effectively addressed.
HIV isn’t one single issue – it’s multiple problems that combine to perpetuate the epidemic. Only by joining forces and fighting on all fronts can we begin to contain it.
Over 1,000 incarcerated persons and staff asked about the reality of HIV education and testing in the Italian prison system
It is a fundamental human instinct to want a sense of family, to want to socialise, and to need a sense of belonging to a community (or multiple communities such as family, faith, interest-based).
The final part of this article outlines how ViiV Healthcare is collaborating with the Paediatric European Network for Treatment of AIDS (PENTA) Foundation to investigate strategies to achieve remission in children living with HIV.
Read what our Global Medical Lead for Paediatrics Dr Katy Hayward thinks about the urgent need to support young people to tackle HIV stigma and fight the epidemic in the UK and around the world