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Taking multiple Rx drugs raises risks for aging adults with and without HIV

Taking five or more prescription medications increases the risk of hospitalization and death in older adults infected with HIV and comparable adults without HIV. The findings of this Yale-led study highlight the potential risks of prescribing additional drugs to patients with multiple medical conditions.

01 February 2018
Yale News
Viral suppression protects against long-term liver damage caused by older HIV drugs

A history of treatment with some older antiretroviral drugs can have a lasting negative impact on liver health, German researchers report in PLOS One. They

29 January 2018
Michael Carter
AZT: The phoenix of HIV treatment

During the last 30 years, over 15 million people have received AZT: an antiretroviral used to prevent HIV/AIDS. While it has now been replaced with other drugs in high income countries, it is still used widely in low-to-middle-income countries; this poses issues due to difficulties in detecting resistance to the drug and the side effects it carries. In this blog, author of a paper published in Infectious Disease of Poverty, Eric J. Arts, discusses his career long connection to AZT and the issues with AZT-based treatments in sub-Saharan Africa.

24 January 2018
BMC Blogs Network (blog)
Study Finds Sustiva Not Strongly Linked to Suicidal Thoughts

But that is not necessarily the case for those with preexisting mental health problems.

31 December 2017
Marijuana Could Be Huge for Treating HIV

From inflammation to lowering levels of the virus itself, a current study hopes to demystify pot's benefits for those living with HIV.

17 November 2017
Gilead’s Updated Version of Tenofovir Performs Well Among Blacks With HIV

Compared with the older tenofovir, called TDF, the new one, TAF, suppressed the virus as well and offered bone, kidney and lipid benefits.

18 October 2017
Impact of side-effects on retention in HIV care is underestimated, African study suggests

The impact of drug side-effects on retention in HIV care is probably being underestimated, according to an interview-based study of people taking antiretroviral treatment and

10 October 2017
Keith Alcorn
HIV Regimen Switch May Contribute to Weight Gain

According to results of a study presented at IDWeek 2017, an increase in body weight is common in HIV patients who are switched from efavirenz/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine (EFV/TDF/FTC) to an integrase strand transfer inhibitor.

09 October 2017
Monthly Prescribing Reference
BHIVA response to BMJ article on ART in pregnant women living with HIV

We do not support recommendations of "ART in pregnant women living with HIV: a clinical practice guideline" (BMJ, 11/9/17). Other systematic reviews and numerous observational studies show tenofovir to be safe in HIV in pregnancy.

25 September 2017
New recommendations aim to help pregnant women with HIV make informed choices

New recommendations on antiretroviral drugs for pregnant women living with HIV can help women make more informed choices about benefits and harms, say a panel of international experts in The BMJ today. The panel recommend older drug combinations instead of the most widely used regimens to help reduce the risk of premature birth and neonatal death - which almost all women said they were extremely keen to avoid.

12 September 2017
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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

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

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