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IDWeek 2014: Efavirenz Not Linked to Suicide in Analysis of Insurance Records

The non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor efavirenz (Sustiva, also in the Atripla single-tablet regimen) was not associated with a higher rate of suicidal thoughts or attempts in an analysis conducted by manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), researchers reported at the 2014 IDWeek meeting last week in Philadelphia.

Published
16 October 2014
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
Antiretroviral therapy benefits HIV-infected stimulant users, UCSF study shows

Patients with HIV who use stimulants and other substances often experience difficulties with accessing antiretroviral therapy, partially due to the concerns of healthcare providers that they will not be able take their medications as directed. Findings from this study demonstrate that many stimulant users take their antiretroviral therapy at levels sufficient to avoid negative clinical outcomes. When we look at overall mortality, antiretroviral therapy leads to similar clinical benefits for both stimulant users and non-users.'

Published
10 October 2014
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Tobacco use associated with increased risk of oral HPV-16 infection

Study participants who reported tobacco use or had higher levels of biomarkers of tobacco exposure had a higher prevalence of the sexually transmitted infection, oral human papillomavirus type 16, according to a study in the Oct. 8 JAMA, a theme issue on infectious disease. HPV-16 is the most common cancer-causing variety of HPV.

Published
08 October 2014
From
Eurekalert
Population-based evidence for the preventative efficacy of quadrivalent HPV in Australia

A recently published study claims to provide the first whole population analysis of the impact on genital warts of a national HPV vaccination programme – and this may be the best predictor of the longer-term, and more important, cancer prevention benefits to be seen in future years. The findings show a decline of 89.9% in admissions involving warts from 2006/7 to 2010/11 for girls aged 12-17 yrs, a decline of 72.7% for women aged 18-26, and a decline of 38% for men aged 18-14 (the indirect effect of female vaccination).

Published
01 October 2014
From
BMJ Group blogs
Nearly half of HIV-positive gay men could benefit from being vaccinated against HPV, say Irish researchers

A study of gay men in Ireland that has investigated the prevalence of infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), some types of which cause genital warts and cervical,

Published
29 September 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Drug use strongly associated with sex, condomless sex and STIs in gay men living with HIV in England

A large survey of gay and bisexual men living with HIV and attending eight sexual health clinics in England has found that half of them had used

Published
16 September 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Flu shots effective in pregnant women with or without HIV

Tests conducted in 2011 and 2012 show that the influenza vaccine effectively prevents flu infections in pregnant women, whether or not they are infected with HIV.

Published
11 September 2014
From
Reuters
Couples-based intervention has impact on HCV incidence and risky sexual behaviour among drug-involved couples in Kazakhstan

A couples-based risk reduction intervention reduced hepatitis C virus (HCV) incidence and levels of sexual risk-taking among drug-involved couples, investigators report in the online edition of the Journal

Published
01 August 2014
By
Michael Carter
The more drugs gay men have taken, the more likely they are to have unprotected sex

The probability of gay men in England having unprotected anal intercourse is strongly associated with the number of recreational drugs they have taken at the time, according

Published
25 July 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Poppers maculopathy

A case report of irreversible visual damage in a 30-year old man, one of an increasing number linked to use of poppers (isobutyl nitrite).

Published
10 July 2014
From
The Lancet

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