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Kaletra and Gemfibrozil (Lopid): A Match Not Made in Lipid Heaven
By Myles Helfand
August 19, 2009

The latest item to add to your "Oh Great, Another Thing I Need to Keep an Eye On" list comes from the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, and it specifically concerns a drug known as gemfibrozil (brand name: Lopid), part of a family of triglyceride-fighting drugs called fibrates. The study involved eight men and seven women, all of whom were HIV-negative. Here's what happened:

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HIV (Apparently) Comes From Gorillas: What This Means for the HIV Community
By Myles Helfand
August 5, 2009

This latest bout of overblown HIV-related news comes to you from France, where scientists have found the first case in which a human was apparently infected with a gorilla-like strain of HIV. Here's the gist of the story, as published in the online edition of Nature Medicine on Aug. 2:

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