2014's Top 10 Events in HIV Medicine (Infographic)
TheBody.com; Posted Dec 24, 12:14 p.m. ET
We take a quick, visually engaging look at some of the most significant developments of the year in HIV/AIDS, as seen through the eyes of one of the world's foremost HIV doctors.
FDA Sustains Gay Stereotypes, HIV Stigma in Blood Donor Policy Change, Advocates Say
Julie "JD" Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 23, 10:06 p.m. ET
"By implementing this policy, the FDA will continue to fan the flames of the outdated stereotype that HIV is only a 'gay disease,'" GMHC said.
CDC Analysis Puts Numbers on Condom Effectiveness for Gay Men
Katherine Moriarty, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Dec 22, 5:38 p.m. ET
Consistent condom use during anal sex prevented 70% of HIV infections among men who have sex with men, the study found -- but only 16% reported "always" using them, and "sometimes" appeared as effective at HIV prevention as "never."
New HCV Option Effective, Safe, Well-Tolerated -- and Use Will Likely Be Driven by Payors
Paul E. Sax, M.D., Journal Watch; Posted Dec 22, 3:22 p.m. ET
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved yet another hepatitis C treatment option on Dec. 19. The new combination, called Viekira Pak, may create the first major competition for Harvoni, which was approved earlier this year.
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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?
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?
Wait a While Before Treating Acute Hepatitis C, Clinic Director Advises
Barbara Jungwirth, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Dec 19, 4:17 p.m. ET
Although hepatitis C can be easily treated and cured, Arthur Y. Kim, M.D., the director of the Viral Hepatitis Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, cautions that clinicians shouldn't start treatment too soon, because some patients may not need medications at all.
Members of Congress Speak Out: Year-long Deferral for Gay Men Still Unfair
Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Dec 19, 3:36 p.m. ET
In a strongly-worded letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, 80 members of Congress said that suggested changes to the nation's blood donation policy for men who have sex with men do not go far enough to reverse the existing ban.
Medical Practice Owned by Coroner Sued for Kicking Out HIV-Positive Patient and Family
Julie "JD" Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 18, 5:10 p.m. ET
The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania says the medical practice fabricated an outrageous story as false pretext to deny care to a man due to HIV status, in violation of the Americans With Disability Act.
CDC: Decline in U.S. HIV Infections but Lasting Gaps in Rates of HIV, AIDS and Death
Sue Saltmarsh, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 18, 4:25 p.m. ET
The CDC says, "Overall, HIV rates continue to show encouraging declines yet disparities persist among some groups." Infection rates in gay men and other MSM, African Americans, youth and Southerners are high, and injection drug users die sooner than others. Transgender data are still not included in the report.
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How Do Policing Practices in the U.S. Affect HIV?
Julie "JD" Davids, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 18, 2:31 p.m. ET
In the final months of 2014, many people living with HIV and their allies joined huge crowds in the streets to demand an end to police violence, insisting that "black lives matter." We asked participants at the AIDS Philanthropy Summit how the police affect the HIV epidemic.
IPERGAY PrEP Study Shows Early Efficacy in Protecting Gay Men From HIV: All Participants to Switch to Active Drug
Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Dec 18, 1:11 p.m. ET
Back in October, French and Canadian researchers announced early efficacy of a PrEP study to protect gay men from catching HIV. This has led to a change in the study design.
Equivalent Efficacy With Lower Dose Darunavir
Polly Clayden, HIV i-Base; Posted Dec 17, 3:00 p.m. ET
A reduced dose of darunavir boosted with ritonavir was effective in two reports from Italy and Spain.
Philly's Transit System Sues Gilead for "Price-Gouging" Price of Hepatitis C Drug
Sue Saltmarsh, TheBody.com; Posted Dec 16, 2:29 p.m. ET
Noting that Gilead has recorded "an astounding $8.5 billion in Sovaldi sales," SEPTA says the pricing of Sovaldi cannot be defended by patent rights.
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