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Kidney Signal Trouble Worsens Over 5 Years in Japanese on Tenofovir

Mark Mascolini, HIV i-Base; Posted Oct 24, 2:48 p.m. ET

Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), a signal of kidney function, declined steadily over 5 years in HIV-positive Japanese taking tenofovir (Viread) compared with those taking abacavir (Ziagen). The tenofovir group did worse than the abacavir group by three eGFR measures.

HIV/AIDS Nurses on Ebola: Step Forward as Informed and Educated Sources of Information

Julie "JD" Davids, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 24, 2:38 p.m. ET

Global AIDS nurses group urges members to be "extra perceptive and supportive now," as coverage can trigger traumatic feelings of fear and stigma for people with HIV and providers alike, and to act in solidarity with nurse colleagues in West Africa.

Acting Up for Ebola: International HIV Activists Launch Solidarity Call

Anne-christine d'Adesky, TheBody.com; Posted Oct 23, 3:10 p.m. ET

"We in the HIV movement really have something to offer... The art of how to have indignity and shared righteousness, where we come together across movements. It's already late, but now's the time."

Viral Rebound Is Significantly Delayed Among Some Who Interrupt HIV Treatment

Myles Helfand, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 23, 10:15 a.m. ET

Is taking a month or two off from antiretroviral therapy truly such a bad thing? If new research presented at IDWeek 2014 is any indication, the argument for or against HIV treatment interruptions may be more nuanced than we thought.

Share Your Stories!

Everyone living with HIV has a story to tell. Find out how to share your own experiences in one or both of the series below, which feature the writings of readers like you.

Day One With HIV: Finding Out Your Status, in Your Own Words

Regardless of where or how it happened, the day you received your HIV-positive diagnosis was likely among the most intense days you'll ever live through. Some of TheBody.com's readers have generously shared their experiences -- to reflect on how they've changed, and so that others would know that they too can survive, and even thrive, following that fateful day. How did you get through it?


Other Sides of HIV: People Taking HIV Meds Share Stories About Side Effects

Many types of medications can save or improve lives, but they can also have unintended consequences. For some people living with HIV, taking meds can be a complicated cycle -- and for others, a Sunday stroll. Medication side effects can be mild or life altering, horrible or even pleasurable; some people living with HIV never experience any at all. It seems like everyone's got a story about side effects. What's yours?

 

Should I Get a Flu Shot? Flu Vaccine Advice for People Living With HIV

Olivia Ford, TheBody.com; Posted Oct 23, 9:01 a.m. ET

If you're living with HIV, you might have a lot of question around your annual flu shot. We've got all your answers here.

Factors Associated With 10 Years of Continuous Viral Load Suppression on HIV Treatment

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 22, 3:39 p.m. ET

There is no magic formula for achieving at least 10 years of continuous viral load suppression in people living with HIV, however, a poster presented at IDWeek 2014 shows several factors that may be associated with continuous viral load suppression.

Intensive Intervention Re-Engages Patients Lost to Care in Inner-City Philadelphia Clinic

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 22, 3:32 p.m. ET

Actively identifying patients living with HIV who have been lost to care and then implementing a brief, focused, patient-oriented bundled intervention in two dedicated office visits improved re-engagement in HIV care at a large urban HIV clinic in Philadelphia.

Case Report: Stem Cell Transplantation From CCR5 Delta-32 Homozygous Donor Selects for X4-Tropic HIV

Richard Jefferys, HIV i-Base; Posted Oct 22, 12:17 p.m. ET

A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine describes the outcome of a recent attempt to repeat the HIV cure achieved in Timothy Brown.

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Preventing and Treating HIV-Associated Bone Disease

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 21, 11:00 p.m. ET

Given the elevated risk of osteoporosis in people living with HIV -- especially in men over 50 and postmenopausal women -- "clinicians need to be aware of optimal screening and management of bone disease," according to Todd T. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins University.

Stemming the Flow From HIV Reservoirs With Neutralizing Antibodies

Richard Jefferys, HIV i-Base; Posted Oct 21, 4:35 p.m. ET

Two recent papers address the potential of broadly neutralising antibodies (bNAbs) to decrease HIV rebound from persistent reservoirs.

Challenges to Stem Cell Transplantation in HIV-Positive Patients

Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 21, 4:15 p.m. ET

Stem cell transplants -- mainly used to treat cancer, which accounts for 25%-35% of deaths among HIV-positive individuals -- have gained interest in the HIV community mainly because of their potential for curing HIV itself. However, many challenges exist to stem cell transplantation in HIV-positive recipients.

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Missed in Many HIV-Positive Veterans Despite Better Risk-Assessment Tool

Theo Smart, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Oct 21, 2:04 p.m. ET

The 2013 ACC/AHA PCE score is found to be a better predictor of cardiovascular disease than the Framingham risk score, but it still failed to identify many HIV-positive U.S. veterans who subsequently had a cardiovascular event, according to a retrospective analysis presented at ICAAC 2014.


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