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  • PrEP policies and guidelines
    A Review of the Congressional Hearing on HIV Drug Pricing
    POZ | 23 May 2019

    In an effort to best encapsulate the remarks of many of the members of the House and the powerful testimony of the HIV advocates present at the recent Congressional hearing on drug pricing around Gilead Sciences’ HIV prevention drug Truvada, we thought it was best to provide you with their own words.

  • Finance and funding
    Analysis reveals extent of drug industry funding of UK patient organisations
    The BMJ press release | 23 May 2019

    The researchers call for greater transparency to ensure that industry funding is not unduly influenced by commercial objectives.

  • How HIV works
    Early antiretroviral treatment may preserve key immune responses to HIV
    Eurekalert Inf Dis | 23 May 2019

    Investigators from the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard have found that instituting combination antiretroviral treatment at the earliest stages of HIV infection may allow the generation of functional CD8 'killer' T cells and preservation of the CD4 helper T cells that are the virus's primary target.

  • Money, benefits and housing
    People living with HIV forced to explain how they got it for insurance
    Metro | 23 May 2019

    Insurance companies are still probing people living with HIV to explain how they contracted it on application forms. Many are being put off taking out insurance because they find it distressing answering such an invasive and ‘unnecessary’ question.

  • Government, leadership and policy
    Politics of Death: The End of Brazil’s Department of AIDS
    Sexuality Policy Watch | 23 May 2019

    The former Department of STIs, Aids and Viral Hepatitis is now named the “Department of Chronical Illnesses and Sexually Transmitted Diseases”. This is not just a name change: it is the end of Brazil’s Program on HIV/Aids.

  • Bone problems
    Aging HIV population face complicated rheumatologic care
    Healio | 22 May 2019

    As the national population of patients who are HIV-positive continues to age, rheumatologists will be increasingly called on to manage routine care for crystal disease, osteoarthritis, soft tissue rheumatism and other conditions, according to Leonard Calabrese, DO, of the Cleveland Clinic.

  • Harm reduction
    What Happens When a Syringe Exchange Is Shut Down
    Filter | 22 May 2019

    HIV infections are surging in Cabell County, West Virginia. On April 4, 2019, the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health (WVBPH) issued a health advisory regarding a spike in new diagnoses of people who inject drugs (PWID) such that the county is likely to exceed twice the number of new diagnoses that had been previously predicted. But the outbreak did not blindside the region. After all, just a county over, the Kanawha-Charleston County syringe service program (SSP) closed last year after Charleston Mayor Danny Jones led an assault on the program, calling it a “needle mill.”

  • Medical procedures and other blood-borne exposure
    Medical Investigation: How Did 494 Children In One Pakistani City Get HIV?
    NPR | 22 May 2019

    Dr. Minhaj Kidwai believes that the outbreak is a result of "contaminated syringes, syringes that are reused for injections in children, unscreened blood transfusions and reuse of dextrose and saline drips."

  • Opportunistic infections
    A considerable percentage of deaths in HIV patients are due to cryptococcal infections
    Eurekalert Inf Dis | 22 May 2019

    Cryptococcal meningitis causes about one in ten HIV-related deaths, according to a study of autopsies performed in Mozambique and Brazil.

  • Women
    Many Women on HIV Treatment Are at Risk of Developing a Detectable Viral Load
    Poz | 22 May 2019

    An ongoing study finds that considerable challenges in such women’s lives may compromise their adherence to antiretrovirals.

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