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Herpes zoster incidence higher among patients with HIV

Despite declining significantly in the era of ART, the incidence of herpes zoster [shingles] among patients with HIV was still three times that of the general population, according to data published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Published
30 January 2015
From
Healio
Antiretroviral Neurotoxicity May Cause Cognitive Problems

As many as 50% of those on combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) suffer from mild to moderate cognitive dysfunction. Antiretroviral medications themselves may be partly to blame for such neurocognitive problems, suggests a recent review of previous studies. But the authors of this review do not recommend that antiretroviral treatment be stopped.

Published
28 January 2015
From
The Body Pro
Smoking is the main cause of increased risk of heart attack in people with HIV

People living with HIV who smoke have an almost three-fold greater risk of heart attack than HIV-negative smokers, according to Danish data published online ahead of print

Published
28 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Low CD4 count, suboptimal HIV treatment linked to higher anal cancer risk

People with HIV who experienced extensive immune deficiency or who used early antiretroviral drugs before the advent of combination highly-active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in the mid-90s may be at greater risk for developing anal cancer, according to a retrospective analysis published in the January 28 edition of AIDS.

Published
23 January 2015
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
Substance use and social problems predict HIV infection in American gay men

American gay men reporting depression, childhood sexual abuse, stimulant use, other substance use and heavy alcohol use are nine times more likely than men without any of

Published
20 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Dramatic decline in risk for heart attacks among HIV-positive Kaiser Permanente members

Previously reported increased risk of heart attacks among HIV-positive individuals has been largely reversed in recent years for Kaiser Permanente's California patients, according to a study published in the current online issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The adjusted risk ratio for heart attacks among HIV-positive study participants went from an 80 percent increased risk in 1996 to no increased risk in 2010-2011. Reported first on Aidsmap at http://www.aidsmap.com/Heart-attack-risk-in-people-with-HIV-may-be-falling-but-not-in-women/page/2834402/ .

Published
19 January 2015
From
Eurekalert
Researchers Delve Into HIV-Infected Population's Aging Risks

Faced with an aging HIV-infected population, international researchers are trying to understand whether the virus or the medications that treat it may accelerate aging. As the life expectancy of those with HIV has increased dramatically since the 1990s because of better medicine, so too has the risk of other chronic diseases typically associated with age, like diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and cognitive decline.

Published
15 January 2015
From
Wall Street Journal
Anal Cancer and HPV: What do Gay Men Need to Know?

A CDC recommendation report issued by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released late this summer calls for a better understanding of anal cancer development and screening among a population at high risk—men who have sex with men (MSM). Although there’s still uncertainty about the best way to screen for and treat anal cancer, here’s what we know right now about who gets it, and what to look out for if you’re worried.

Published
14 January 2015
From
BETA blog
Pneumonia risk far higher for HIV-positive children, study shows

HIV-positive children in developing countries are six times more likely to die from pneumonia than children without the virus, research suggests. The first global study into pneumonia deaths in children with HIV has found that, in one year, pneumonia affected 1.4 million children and led to a further 88,000 deaths.

Published
07 January 2015
From
Science Daily
Elite controllers may pay a high price for their low viral load

About one in 200 people with HIV maintains an undetectable viral load and high CD4 counts without having to take antiretroviral therapy (ART). These so-called ‘elite controllers’

Published
07 January 2015
By
Gus Cairns

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