Heather Boerner is an award-winning journalist who specializes in storytelling on healthcare issues. She's most interested in how people choose between equally important needs.
Gender transitioning includes a combination of treatments. How does it work, and what are the potential side effects from the hormones involved?
"I went from being on the verge of quitting to having a pretty big state and national role,"
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What if you took the concept of an intensive care unit—a single location that pulls together all the personnel and technology needed to care for the sickest patients in a hospital—and applied it to patients who were well enough not to be in the hospital but a lot sicker than the average patient in a primary care doctor’s practice?
"I would love at some point in my career," Scott McClelland said, "to be able to say that we need to control asymptomatic BV."
"The main message here is that, overall, we saw improvements for the whole population, suggesting that the efforts to test [and] diagnose HIV infection sooner, start [antiretroviral] treatment earlier and help patients be retained in care and adherent to their treatment are working over time," Buchacz told TheBodyPRO.com. "I think that's good news."
On-demand postexposure prophylaxis with doxycycline might significantly reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), new research shows.
In fact, prophylaxis with doxycycline after sex resulted in a 47% drop in new infections, French researchers report.
The analysis from the Data Collection on Adverse Events of Anti-HIV Drugs (D:A:D) study shows that ritonavir-boosted darunavir is associated with a 59% increase in risk, but researchers found no such association for ritonavir-boosted atazanavir. They did not have enough data to include cobicistat.
"I can't say to a patient that if you stay on this drug, you will develop a myocardial infarction. I can only say that it increases your risk this much," said investigator Lene Ryom, MD, PhD, from the Centre for Health and Infectious Disease Research at the University of Copenhagen.
Zika RNA can linger in semen for up to 3 months, but clears from vaginal fluid almost immediately, according to interim results from the first prospective study of patients infected with the virus.
"These findings support the CDC recommendations for men to abstain from sex or use condoms for 6 months," said investigator Gabriela Paz-Bailey, MD, PhD, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Imagine starting a patient on antiretroviral therapy without having to individualize the regimen to take into account factors such as hepatitis B, renal function, sensitivity to abacavir, and drug resistance.
A phase 2 study of the new integrase strand transfer inhibitor bictegravir, used in combination with emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide, suggests that will be possible.
"Now is not the time to take our foot off the gas," said Susan Buchbinder, MD, from the University of California, San Francisco, who is chair of the CROI conference committee. "We're at a critical juncture. We need to increase our efforts to realize the benefits of new testing technology, better therapies, and dissemination of treatment," she told Medscape Medical News.
To that end, presentations at the meeting will address the challenges that remain in the field of HIV, including how to reach vulnerable populations.
Banning press is not just counterproductive to HIV efforts. It's also deeply troubling morally, ethically and politically. Especially as we enter a "post-truth" political environment in which leaders use accusations of "fake news" to avoid answering questions, organizations cannot be permitted to decide what can be quoted and what cannot.
"There are so many studies labeled 'hard to reach' -- that's code for black and Latino MSM," Leo Moore, M.D., M.S.H.P.M., associate medical director at the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, told TheBodyPRO. "So, the question becomes, are they hard to reach because we don't have the right people at the table? Are they hard to reach because we haven't found a way to identify with them?"
Clinton Connors makes HIV-related house calls.
Recently, he got a call from a friend: Someone in her Dormont apartment building had been diagnosed with HIV a month ago and still hadn't seen a doctor.
Connors, 36, of AIDS Free Pittsburgh, headed over.