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Meth, Crack, Coke & Ecstasy: Effects on HIV Disease Progression

A team of researchers, in an article published in JAIDS, reported that they found no association between any frequency of stimulant use and mortality, and only a modest association between high-frequency stimulant use and the combined outcomes of mortality and progression to AIDS.

Published
21 April 2015
From
BETA blog
Kids Who Start HIV Treatment With Low CD4s Largely Regain Them

HIV-positive children who have low CD4 counts when starting treatment by and large experience a rebound to normal levels of those immune cells. After two years on HIV meds, 92 percent of the children achieved a CD4 count of 500 or above. Just nine children (1 percent) experienced an AIDS-defining illness during treatment. Children starting with fewer than 200 CD4 cells/mm3 took 1.29 years to reach a CD4 count over 500 cells/mm3.

Published
07 April 2015
From
AIDSMeds
Researchers may have caught HIV becoming more virulent

A study from Cuba has generated wide media interest because researchers have identified a particular variety of the virus which is associated with rapid post-diagnosis falls in

Published
19 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
More African Americans still die of HIV than whites and Latinos combined, CDC says

More African Americans still die of HIV than whites and Latinos combined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, but the black death rate is generally declining more quickly than it is for those other groups.

Published
09 February 2015
From
Washington Post
No improvements in CD4 count at diagnosis in African patients in last decade

A study by Harvard Medical School has found that the average CD4 count in sub-Saharan African people who are diagnosed with HIV has not risen since 2002.

Published
04 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
An HIV Doctor Tells You If Undetectable Really Is the New Negative

Does being undetectable change the way you talk about your HIV status? Can a person who is undetectable stop worrying about transmitting HIV? Joel Gallant, an HIV doctor at Southwest CARE Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico gives his view.

Published
28 January 2015
From
The Body
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
Starting HIV treatment early and then interrupting is no better than delaying it

A French study that looked at the total amount of time since infection that people with HIV have spent with a detectable viral load has found that,

Published
22 January 2015
By
Gus Cairns
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
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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