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A Look at Female-to-Female HIV Transmission

Few cases of HIV transmission between women who have sex with women (WSW) have been reported in the United States, but these cases still can and do occur. Studies have shown that HIV can be transmitted by female-to-female sexual contact with unprotected exposure to vaginal or other bodily fluids and to blood from menstruation.…

The Importance of HIV/STD Prevention Counseling

Fewer than half of HIV-infected people who are in active care receive HIV/STD prevention counseling from their provider. This counseling is important to reducing risks for further transmission of HIV and other infectious diseases.

Smoking Cessation in People With HIV/AIDS

When compared with usual care, a cell phone-delivered smoking cessation treatment has been shown to have a positive impact on abstinence rates. However, clinicians will need to do more to sustain this effect beyond the short term.

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A Look at Female-to-Female HIV Transmission

Few cases of HIV transmission between women who have sex with women (WSW) have been reported in the United States, but these cases still can and do occur. Studies have shown that HIV can be transmitted by female-to-female sexual contact with unprotected exposure to vaginal or other bodily fluids and to blood from menstruation.…

Patient-Provider Dialogue With HIV Drugs

Improvements in provider communication styles and identifying barriers to ART adherence could help improve outcomes for HIV patients.

Screening for HIV

New screening recommendations for HIV have been released, advising clinicians to screen adolescents and adults aged 15 to 65, younger adolescents at high risk for infection, and pregnant women.

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Researchers Successfully Eliminate HIV Virus From Cultured Human Cells

The Temple University School of Medicine research team’s approach looks promising as they work towards a permanent cure and potential for protection against HIV. “This is one important step on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS,” says Kamel Khalili, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Temple. …

The Immune System Explained: A Patient Education Video

For Healthcare Providers:
The immune systems is an exceptionally complex system that is hard to grasp for most patients, and even many of your colleagues. Share this video with your patients to provide them with a simplified, yet quite informative, explanation of how the system works.…

National HIV Testing Day 2013

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day, an annual campaign to encourage people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.”

Nearly 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and an estimated 1 in 5 don’t know they are infected.…

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Fall Risks High for Those With HIV

Middle-aged patients infected with HIV appear to have a high risk for falls. A study found that multiple comorbidities, medications, and functional impairment were predictive of falls. Of 359 subjects, 250 persons (70%) reported no falls; 109 (30%) had one fall or more; and 66 (18%) were recurrent fallers.…

Offering HIV Screens in the ED

A national study of 2008-2009 data regarding availability of ED preventive services indicates that 19% of sampled EDs offered HIV screening. Teaching hospitals offered HIV screening more frequently than non-teaching hospitals (38% vs 18%). ED directors that participated in the study expressed concerns about the added costs of ED preventive services, increasing social work availability, and implementing testing laws consistent with CDC recommendations.…

Text Reminders Deemed Helpful in Battling HIV

A meta-analysis of two trials indicates that weekly medication reminders sent via mobile phone text message to patients with HIV appear to be efficacious in enhancing antiretroviral therapy adherence. One trial also found that weekly text messages were efficacious in improving HIV viral load suppression.…

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