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Free CME Here, Get Your Free CME!

Free CME Here, Get Your Free CME! | Guest Blog

For physicians practicing in most states (what gives, Indiana?), obtaining continuing medical education credits is a necessity, like it or not. For license registration, 54 boards require anywhere from 12 hours (Alabama) to 50 hours (a few states) of CME per year.…

Injection Drug Use, Hepatitis C, & HIV | News Brief

A substantial percentage of the excess mortality in HIV-infected injection drug users (IDUs) appears to be explained by hepatitis C coinfection, according to international research. Mortality was higher in IDUs than in non-IDUs, but the effect of injection drug use on mortality was substantially attenuated after adjusting for hepatitis C infection.…

Is CD4 Count Monitoring Effective? | News Brief

Study investigators suggest that annual CD4 cell count monitoring in virally suppressed HIV patients with a CD4 count of 250 cells/μl or greater at baseline appears to be sufficient for clinical management. No significant differences were observed in time to a confirmed CD4 cell count of less than 200 cells/μl between annual and biannual monitoring.…

Contraception Among HIV-Positive Women | News Brief

Results of a meta-analysis indicate that HIV treatment and contraceptive methods can interact in various clinically meaningful ways. Concomitant use was found to possibly alter contraceptive efficacy and cause drug–drug interactions. Although hormonal contraceptives were not shown to affect HIV progression, their impact on HIV transmission and acquisition remains unclear.…

Managing CKD in Patients With HIV

Managing CKD in Patients With HIV | Opinion Article

Studies indicate that up to one-third of people with HIV has abnormal kidney function. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) in this patient population increases morbidity and mortality risks, making it imperative to recognize CKD early and diagnose its underlying causes. Recently, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) published an update to its 2005 guideline for the management of CKD in patients with HIV in Clinical Infectious Diseases.…

Sexual Risk Behavior & Viral Suppression in Patients With HIV

Sexual Risk Behavior & Viral Suppression in Patients With HIV | Feature

A new analysis has found that most HIV-infected adults receiving medical care do not appear to engage in risky sexual behaviors, but those who do oftentimes are not virally suppressed.

Sexual Risk & Men Who Have Sex With Men

Sexual Risk & Men Who Have Sex With Men | Feature

In recent years, annual increases have been observed in the number of HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM). Understanding trends in sexual risk behaviors among MSM may help shed light on why these increases are occurring and help clinicians develop interventions to address the issue.…

CME: Guidelines for PrEP to Prevent HIV Infections

CME: Guidelines for PrEP to Prevent HIV Infections | Feature

New guidelines recommend that healthcare providers offer uninfected patients daily doses of specific anti-HIV medications if they are at substantial risk of HIV infection. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, has the potential to reduce HIV infection rates when taken consistently as prescribed.

Controlling HIV Without Medication

Controlling HIV Without Medication | Opinion Article

Research indicates that about 1% of patients with HIV are able to keep the infection under control without the need for antiretroviral therapy (ART). Dubbed “controllers,” these patients have been thought to hold clues on how to develop a vaccine against HIV because of their unique immune responses.…

CROI 2015

CROI 2015 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at CROI 2015, the annual Conference  on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, from February  23 to 26 in Seattle. The features below highlight some  of the studies that emerged from the conference. …

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