In Potential Vaccine Breakthrough, Antibody Response Outwits HIV
A new discovery could prove a major stepping-stone toward developing an effective HIV vaccine. In South Africa, two women’s immune systems reacted to changes in HIV cells by producing potent “broadly neutralizing antibodies” that could kill 88 percent of HIV found throughout the world.
Hep Roundtable Issues 2012 Candidate Survey Report
The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable has released a preliminary version of its 2012 Candidate Survey, detailing various Congressional candidates’ positions on viral hepatitis and health care issues.
Obesity Linked to Chronic Non-AIDS Health Problems in HIV+ People Many people living with HIV experience multiple health complications, or “multimorbidity,” as they age, which appears to be partly driven by the rising incidence of obesity, according to a new study published online ahead of print by the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS).
HIV Therapy Helps Reduce Risk of Non-AIDS Illnesses Though non-AIDS-related health complications are still common among people living with HIV, data from a Spanish cohort suggests that the incidence of these problems has dropped and that CD4 cell gains and viral load reductions associated with antiretroviral therapy use can be credited with reducing the risk.
October 08, 2012
Hep C Treatment Adherence Matters Among those Coinfected with HIV
Pegylated interferon and ribavirin treatment is rarely a pleasant experience, but the best chance of having to go through it only once for hepatitis C is to take the medications exactly as prescribed, according to new data involving individuals coinfected with HIV published in AIDS and Behavior and reported by aidsmap.
October 04, 2012
Cardiovascular Disease Risk Remains High in HIV Elite Controllers
More evidence that immune activation and inflammation are key drivers of the increased cardiovascular disease risk among people living with HIV: Elite controllers—a rare subset of HIV-positive individuals who maintain undetectable viral loads and high CD4 cell counts in the absence of antiretroviral therapy—have significant hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), according to the results of a study published online ahead of print by the journal AIDS.
Many Nutritional Supplements Make False Claims
Dozens of over-the-counter health supplements, including some used by people living with HIV, viral hepatitis and other chronic diseases, are illegally labeled and lack scientific evidence for their marketed claims, according to a report released October 2 by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Meningitis Vaccine Now Recommended for Certain HIV+ Gay Men in NYC
New York City HIV-positive men who have had intimate contact with other men under certain circumstances since the beginning of September 2012 should receive the meningococcal vaccine, according to a new recommendation from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
October 02, 2012
Many Health Benefits for Patients with Access to Their Medical Records
A “vast majority” of patients who have online access to their medical records “reported an increased sense of control, greater understanding of their medical issues, improved recall of their plans for care, and better preparation for future visits,” according to an informal study conducted by clinicians at three large primary care practices in the United States and reported in the October 2 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.