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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
Bone metastases in prostate cancer blocked by HIV drug

Experiments in mice and in humans have indicated that the HIV drug maraviroc (Celsentri/Selzentry) could be used to prevent the spread of metastases (secondary caners) from prostate and other cancers. Experiments in mice showed a 60% reduction in metastases in animals treated with maraviroc.

Published
04 January 2015
From
Medical news today
Could HIV make hearing worse?

A new study has found that low- and high-frequency hearing is poorer in adults with the human immunodeficiency virus, compared with adults who do not have the disease. Although unexpected, similar hearing loss has previously been observed to be more likely in adults with diabetes mellitus. "It is possible that both HIV infection and diabetes, being systemic diseases, could affect the neural function of the cochlea," the authors suggest.

Published
29 December 2014
From
Medical News Today
Tenofovir-based HIV PrEP does not harm kidneys

Men and women without HIV infection who use tenofovir-based pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) develop significant but not clinically relevant declines in kidney function, according to the largest study to date to look at the issue.

Published
26 December 2014
From
Medscape (requires free registration)
Looking for a Link Between Sexual Identity and Alcohol Use

A common perception held among researchers and lay-people alike is that alcohol plays a larger role in the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals than for people who identify as heterosexual. But to say that a larger percentage of LGB individuals drink more often, more heavily, and with greater negative consequences may be oversimplifying the facts.

Published
17 December 2014
From
BETA
Smoking doubles risk of death for patients taking HIV therapy

Smoking doubles the mortality risk for people with HIV taking antiretroviral therapy, a study published in AIDS shows. Smokers had an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease

Published
16 December 2014
By
Michael Carter
Heterosexual transmission of HPV to male oral tract via oral/genital route indicated by partner data

A recent study claims to be the first to have established the association of oral infection in males with sexual behaviour, not just on the basis of their reported sexual behaviour, but through the collection of data from their partners.

Published
15 December 2014
From
BMJ Blogs
Hepatitis C ruled out as cause of mental impairment in HIV patients

“Hepatitis C infection has serious long-term side effects, such as damage to the liver, but our research indicates that it does not affect the brain,” said lead author David Clifford, MD, of Washington University.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Washington University press release
HIV-infected adults diagnosed with age-related diseases at similar ages as uninfected adults

HIV-infected adults are at a higher risk for developing heart attacks, kidney failure and cancer. But, contrary to what many had believed, the researchers say these illnesses are occurring at similar ages as adults who are not infected with HIV.

Published
10 December 2014
From
Science Daily
HPV vaccine, riskier sexual activity not linked researchers say

Sexual behavior of teenage girls does not appear to be impacted by the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, according to Queen's University, Canada researchers Drs. Leah Smith and Linda Lévesque.

Published
09 December 2014
From
Eurekalert

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