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Integrated stepped alcohol treatment for people in HIV care improves both HIV and alcohol outcomes

Integrated stepped alcohol treatment for people in HIV care improves both HIV and alcohol outcomes  National Institutes of HealthIncreasing the intensity of treatment for alcohol use disorder over time improves alcohol-related outcomes among people with HIV.

Published
20 May 2019
From
National Institutes of Health
Increasing Alcohol Consumption Linked to Worsening HIV Severity

A pattern of increasing alcohol consumption is associated with worsening HIV disease severity, whereas stable consumption is associated with small improvements, according to a national study of VA patients with HIV.

Published
12 May 2019
From
Medscape (requires free registration)
PrEP May Offer Psychological Benefits to Gay, Bisexual Men at Risk for HIV

A new study has identified lower rates of sexual anxiety among gay and bisexual men taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Published
24 April 2019
From
American Journal of Managed Care
Previous HAV vaccination does not reliably protect some patients with HIV

Study findings suggest that previous vaccination against hepatitis A virus infection does not reliably protect some people with HIV.

Published
18 April 2019
From
Healio
Study Finds No Benefit for Dietary Supplements

An analysis of survey data gathered from more than 27,000 people over a six-year period found that individuals who reported taking dietary supplements had about the same risk of dying as those who got their nutrients through food. What’s more, the mortality benefits associated with adequate intake of vitamin A, vitamin K, magnesium, zinc, and copper were limited to food consumption.

Published
16 April 2019
From
NIH Director's Blog
Weight gain with new antiretrovirals: It's complicated

South Africa’s next big shift in our antiretroviral programme is to replace efavirenz with a newish drug called dolutegravir. The Department of Health is pleased at the prospect of a safer, more robust and, amazingly, cheaper drug. But last year, the first reports surfaced that people using it were gaining weight.

Published
15 April 2019
From
Spotlight
HIV-Related Immune Activation May Predict Weight Gain and Exacerbate Complications, Especially in Women

HIV can cause persistent immune activation that contributes to an increased risk of complications such as heart disease and certain cancers. New NIAID-supported research presented today [March 6] at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle sheds light on the relationship between immune activation and weight gain.

Published
11 March 2019
From
HIV.gov
Switchboard: Homophobia, HIV and hoax calls

Switchboard, the LGBT helpline, took its first call from a tiny office in the basement of a bookshop in King's Cross on 4 March 1974. To mark the 45th anniversary, people have been sharing memories of a charity that's helped millions across the world.

Published
05 March 2019
From
BBC
E-cigarettes nearly twice as effective as other nicotine replacement therapies at helping smokers quit

Many smokers successfully quit by switching to e-cigarettes (vaping), but doctors can’t recommend this treatment without good evidence from clinical trials. They now have this evidence. Our latest study confirms that e-cigarettes are indeed an effective way to help smokers quit.

Published
31 January 2019
From
The Conversation
Insufficient food linked to inflammation in HIV-positive women

Past research with HIV-negative people suggests that food insecurity is associated with heightened levels of inflammation. Now, in a recent study, scientists at 10 major clinics across the U.S. have found that food insecurity was linked to an increased risk of elevated inflammation among HIV-positive women. The link between food insecurity and inflammation was present even in women whose viral loads were suppressed due to good adherence to ART.

Published
29 January 2019
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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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