HIV/AIDS Feature Archive

Assessing the Risk Factors of Neurocognitive Decline in HIV+ Individuals

Assessing the Risk Factors of Neurocognitive Decline in HIV+ Individuals

The incidence of neurocognitive impairment is high in HIV-infected population, despite the introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy (CART).

Why Patients Discontinue ART— and What You Can Do to Stop It

Why Patients Discontinue ART— and What You Can Do to Stop It

Learn more about when stopping antiretroviral therapy (ART) may be necessary, why patients discontinue ART, predicting viral suppression, and predicting and encouraging adherence.

Bone Loss and Fracture Risk in Patients With HIV: What We Know So Far

Bone Loss and Fracture Risk in Patients With HIV: What We Know So Far

In addition to prevention measures, switching off the ARTs associated with bone loss and administering intravenous bisphosphonate, a bone resorption inhibitor, can be an effective strategy for preventing bone loss seen in HIV-infected individuals.

Aging With HIV: Expert Insights on Complications and Challenges

Aging With HIV: Expert Insights on Complications and Challenges

Three HIV experts provide their insights into aging-related challenges and complications faced by people living with HIV.

ART and PrEP: How Technological Advances Can Improve Adherence

ART and PrEP: How Technological Advances Can Improve Adherence

Several technological advances have been developed to improve adherence to antiretroviral and preexposure prophylaxis therapy.

Last Gift Study: A Participant's Perspective on End-of-Life HIV Research

Last Gift Study: A Participant's Perspective on End-of-Life HIV Research

Dr Sara Gianella Weibel talks with Anthony B, a patient with HIV and end-stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and the first participant enrolled in the "Last Gift" end-of-life study, about his experience as part of this new end-of-life model to study HIV persistence.

Last Gift Study: Community Perspective on End-of-Life HIV Research

Last Gift Study: Community Perspective on End-of-Life HIV Research

Dr Sara Gianella Weibel talks with Jeff Taylor, community activist and long-term HIV survivor, about a new end-of-life model to study HIV persistence.

Last Gift Study: End-of-Life HIV Research

Last Gift Study: End-of-Life HIV Research

Dr Sara Gianella Weibel talks with Dr Davey Smith, head of the Division of Infectious Disease at the University of California, San Diego, about a proposed new model to study HIV persistence, called the Last Gift study.

A Transgender Woman's Perspective on HIV Research, Prevention, and Care

A Transgender Woman's Perspective on HIV Research, Prevention, and Care

Dr Sara Gianella talks with Brooke Sullivan, a transgender woman and HIV activist, about ways to improve transgender individuals' involvement in HIV research.

PrEP in the Transgender Population: New Study to Examine Effects

PrEP in the Transgender Population: New Study to Examine Effects

Dr Sara Gianella talks with Dr Sheldon Morris, from the University of California San Diego AntiViral Research Center about an upcoming PrEP study in transgender people, including understanding HIV prevention in this population, uptake of PrEP, and adherence to treatment.

HIV Transmission Through Breastfeeding: New Review and Expert Interview

HIV Transmission Through Breastfeeding: New Review and Expert Interview

Mother-to-child HIV transmission rates are low in the presence of antiretroviral therapy but increase once ART stops at 6 months postpartum.

Cardiovascular Disease in Persons With HIV Infection

Cardiovascular Disease in Persons With HIV Infection

Persons living with HIV infection have a higher risk for cardiovascular disease; use of some antiretroviral agents can exacerbate this risk.

Should the FDA Lift the Ban on Blood Donations From MSM?

Should the FDA Lift the Ban on Blood Donations From MSM?

Critics of the FDA's current restriction on blood donation from MSM argue that it is unnecessary and discriminatory, and propose a policy based on individual risk rather than sexual orientation.

HIV Research in Women: Expert Q&A

HIV Research in Women: Expert Q&A

Drs Gianella and Karris discuss the many factors that play a role in the underrepresentation of women in HIV research.

Confronting Coronary Heart Disease in HIV/AIDS

Confronting Coronary Heart Disease in HIV/AIDS

A review of coronary heart disease in patients with HIV.

HIV Care Continuum: Improving Future Outcomes

HIV Care Continuum: Improving Future Outcomes

While 86% of all persons living with HIV in the US know that they are HIV-infected, only an estimated 35% actually achieve viral suppression.

Efforts to Boost HIV Testing Rates Working, But Work Remains

Efforts to Boost HIV Testing Rates Working, But Work Remains

Ramped up efforts to encourage more men who have sex with men to get tested for HIV have made an impact, but rates are still lower than needed.

IDSA Guidelines Urge 'Prompt Coordinated Treatment' for HIV and TB

IDSA Guidelines Urge 'Prompt Coordinated Treatment' for HIV and TB

The guidelines note that TB treatment should begin as soon as the patient is suspected of having active TB disease, even before test results confirm the diagnosis.

Traveling the HIV Spectrum With an HIV/AIDS Specialist in the Developed and Developing Worlds

Traveling the HIV Spectrum With an HIV/AIDS Specialist in the Developed and Developing Worlds

Gary Blick, MD, shares his 30+ years of experience in treating HIV.

Social Media Could Help Increase HIV Testing Rates

Social Media Could Help Increase HIV Testing Rates

Following the year-long study period, the intervention group had a testing rate of 63.7% and the comparison group had 42%.

Patients With HIV Face Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Challenges in CVD Treatment

Patients With HIV Face Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Challenges in CVD Treatment

Thanks in large part to antiretroviral therapy, patients with HIV are living longer, but they and the physicians who treat them are facing unique challenges as they age.

Gay and Bisexual Men Living in the South Have Greatest Risk Of HIV Infection

Gay and Bisexual Men Living in the South Have Greatest Risk Of HIV Infection

Emory researchers have made new data analyses of where gay and bisexual men are most likely to be infected with HIV. The data will be used to direct vital HIV resources to areas of the most need.

Challenges in Managing Inflammatory Arthritis in Patients With Comorbid HIV Infection

Challenges in Managing Inflammatory Arthritis in Patients With Comorbid HIV Infection

Challenges of managing inflammatory arthritis in patients infected with HIV include difficulties in assessing disease activity and limited safety information for the use of immunosuppresive drugs in this patient population.

Stroke As a Complicating Comorbidity With HIV: A Report from CROI 2016

Stroke As a Complicating Comorbidity With HIV: A Report from CROI 2016

Although stroke is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in HIV, it is less well studied than coronary artery disease.

Co-infection With HCV, HIV Linked With Increased Risk of Diabetes

Co-infection With HCV, HIV Linked With Increased Risk of Diabetes

Guidelines for patients with coinfection sorely needed.

Efavirenz-Based ART Associated with Reduced Efficacy of Birth Control with Levonorgestrel

Efavirenz-Based ART Associated with Reduced Efficacy of Birth Control with Levonorgestrel

Nevirapine-based ART did not have a negative impact on levonorgestrel exposure or efficacy.

Personalizing Therapy Central to Treating Patients with HIV and Cancer

Personalizing Therapy Central to Treating Patients with HIV and Cancer

There are high cumulative incidences of...Kaposi sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and lung cancer" in patients with HIV when compared with those who did not have HIV.

Hospital Gets Green Light for HIV-Positive to HIV-Positive Organ Transplants

Hospital Gets Green Light for HIV-Positive to HIV-Positive Organ Transplants

Each year, about 500 to 600 HIV-positive, would-be organ donors had organs that could have saved people if only the medical community was allowed to use the organs for transplant.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: A Day To Remind About The Importance of Testing, Treatment

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: A Day To Remind About The Importance of Testing, Treatment

While some signs have emerged that the HIV epidemic is loosening its grip on the black community, persistent disparities are prolonging the epidemic.

Antiretroviral Therapy For All (Almost)

Antiretroviral Therapy For All (Almost)

An international randomized trial resolves the debate about the timing for the initiation of antiretroviral therapy for patients.

Increased Access to Testing, Treatment, and Development of Vaccine Key to Ending AIDS Pandemic

Increased Access to Testing, Treatment, and Development of Vaccine Key to Ending AIDS Pandemic

Developing a safe and effective HIV vaccine or cure would accelerate a durable end to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Intense Menopausal Symptoms Reported in Women With HIV

Intense Menopausal Symptoms Reported in Women With HIV

Symptoms during the menopausal transition appear to be worse in women with HIV.

Needle Exchange Program Helped to Slow HIV Outbreak in Indiana

Needle Exchange Program Helped to Slow HIV Outbreak in Indiana

The outbreak was the 'canary in the coalmine,' according to a speaker at IDWeek 2015.

Additional Observation May Be Required in Older Patients With HIV

Additional Observation May Be Required in Older Patients With HIV

Social isolation of aging HIV patients is among many challenges to treating these patients.

HIV Emergency in Indiana: Lessons Learned

HIV Emergency in Indiana: Lessons Learned

The outbreak in Indiana is the first associated with injection of a prescription painkiller.

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