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Immunotherapy is safe and feasible in cancer patients treated for HIV, study suggests

Immunotherapy has been a major breakthrough in oncology -- but little is known about its safety for HIV-positive cancer patients. A study to be presented at the ESMO 2018 Congress in Munich has now provided data to suggest that treatment with PD-1/PD-L-1 immune checkpoint inhibitors, which target the very system affected by the HIV virus, is feasible in this patient population for whom cancer is currently one of the principal cause of mortality.

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9 hours ago
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Eurekalert Inf Dis
Older HIV patients struggle with loneliness and depression — and lack of services

Older people with HIV are frequently lonely and depressed, many of them face serious housing and financial hardships, and they have high rates of physical ailments — such as chronic pain, heart disease, diabetes and fatigue — that can diminish their quality of life. All of that’s been known for several years. But services to meet their needs still fall short, say people with HIV and the groups that support them, and simply quantifying their mental and physical health problems has been a challenge.

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20 hours ago
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San Francisco Chronicle
ART Reduces Neurocognitive Impairment in Patients Living With HIV

Initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) may reduce the risk for neurocognitive impairment in patients living with HIV, according to study results published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Published
12 October 2018
From
Infectious Disease Advisor
HIV and cervical cancer – a perfect storm for women in Africa

Epidemics of HIV and HPV are inherently interconnected, and when they meet in the context of weak health systems, their effects serve to amplify each other.

Published
12 October 2018
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Avert
US: HPV Vaccine Approved for Women and Men up to Age 45

On October 5, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded its approval of the Gardasil 9 vaccine, which protects against nine difference strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), to cover women and men ages 27 to 45.

Published
12 October 2018
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Cancer Health
Chronic Pain Is a Huge, Underrecognized Problem for People With HIV

Living with chronic pain not only drags down quality of life, but it is also linked to poorer HIV-related health outcomes.

Published
12 October 2018
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Poz
HIV-Positive Patients at Higher Risk of Late Mortality Following Cryptococcal Infection

New research being presented in a Poster Abstract Session at ID Week 2018, suggests that patients living with HIV have high mortality following cryptococcal infection which persists beyond initial hospitalization. As such, the investigators stress the need to identify patients who are at increased risk of mortality in order to improve patient outcomes.

Published
04 October 2018
From
Contagionlive.com
Brian Paddick was one of Britain's most senior police officers. Now he's speaking out about his ex-boyfriend dying from a chemsex drug

Five years after his ex died, Paddick is breaking his silence to warn others about the dangers of GHB. “I should apologise to him for not doing something earlier.”

Published
01 October 2018
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BuzzFeed News
Psychosocial Factors Associated With Persistent Pain in HIV

A meta-analysis and literature review, published in Pain, found moderate evidence supporting an association between pain outcomes in people with HIV and several psychosocial factors, such as depression, psychologic distress, post-traumatic stress, drug abuse, sleep disturbance, reduced antiretroviral therapy adherence, healthcare use, missed HIV clinic visits, unemployment, and protective psychologic factors.

Published
26 September 2018
From
Infectious Disease Advisor
What do we know about reducing alcohol-related harm among gay and bisexual men?

This review focuses on a cohort disproportionately burdened by ill health, yet often overlooked as subjects of substance use research and in the provision of healthcare. With an ‘alarmingly scarce’ evidence base to go on, the researchers draw parallels with the broader alcohol treatment literature, and suggest progress could be made with attention to specific theories of problem drinking for sexual minority groups.

Published
20 September 2018
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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