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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 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.…

Assessing Medical Use of Cannabinoids | News Brief

There appears to be moderate-quality evidence supporting cannabinoid use for treating chronic pain and spasticity, according to a review of 79 trials. Investigators also observed low-quality evidence suggesting that cannabinoids improved chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, weight gain in patients with HIV, sleep disorders, and symptoms of Tourette syndrome.…

Sexual Risk & HIV Viral Suppression

Sexual Risk & HIV Viral Suppression | 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 often are not virally suppressed.

Innovative Tool Enhances HIV Care

Innovative Tool Enhances HIV Care | Feature

Recent research has shown that only about 30% of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States have achieved viral suppression. To improve this status, it is important to ensure that all people living with HIV receive effective treatment, not only for their own health, but also to help prevent transmission to sex partners, says Nick DeLuca, PhD.…

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.…

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