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This Week in HIV Research: Smoking Increases Viral Load and Risk of Heart Attack; and Men With HIV Need Fewer Drinks to "Feel a Buzz"

Warren Tong,; Posted Apr 24, 4:14 p.m. ET

This week we look at a handful of studies that ultimately point out the obvious: Smoking is bad for your health. We also look at a study that found HIV-positive men with detectable viral loads need fewer drinks to feel the effects of alcohol. And a large study set out to determine whether being gay was actually a risk factor when donating blood.

PrEP and Drug Resistance: Cause for Concern?

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Apr 24, 2:54 p.m. ET

More people are getting on PrEP every day, but some are concerned about drug resistance. Should they be?

Daily Antibiotic Protects Against Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Apr 24, 2:43 p.m. ET

After PrEP for HIV, might there be a pill to protect against other STIs, as well?

Meth, Crack, Coke and Ecstasy: Effects on HIV Disease Progression

Emily Newman, BETA; Posted Apr 24, 2:09 p.m. ET

How do hard drugs affect the progression of HIV? A new study in gay men sheds some light.

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'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?


Solar-1: Ledipasvir and Sofosbuvir in People With Symptoms of Severe Liver Injury

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Apr 24, 10:00 a.m. ET

The combination of ledipasvir + sofosbuvir + ribavirin in participants with hepatitis C genotypes 1 or 4 resulted in relatively high rates of SVR12 in those with cirrhosis and poor life expectancy.

CROI 2015: Addressing HIV and Cardiovascular Issues (Video)

Barbara Jungwirth,; Posted Apr 24, 9:34 a.m. ET

The upcoming Randomized Trial to Prevent Vascular Events in HIV (REPRIEVE) will try to "come up once and for all with a prevention strategy for cardiac disease in HIV," said Steven K. Grinspoon, M.D.

HIV-Positive Men With Detectable Viral Loads Need Fewer Drinks to "Feel a Buzz"

Barbara Jungwirth,; Posted Apr 24, 9:08 a.m. ET

HIV-positive men with detectable viral loads needed fewer drinks to "feel a buzz" than those with undetectable viral loads or HIV-negative men, according to a recent study.

CROI 2015: Women and HIV (Video)

Barbara Jungwirth,; Posted Apr 23, 5:14 p.m. ET

Women, especially those in domestic violence situations, may not be able to insist on condom use and therefore need access to other HIV prevention methods, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis.

My Health Tracker

My Health Tracker

My Health Tracker can help you organize your HIV treatment information privately and securely in one place. This way, you can take better charge over your health, and you and your doctor can have even more productive conversations about your treatment.

Registration takes only a couple of minutes, requires no personal info, and you'll be able to pick up where you left off at any time.


Promising Antibody That Neutralises HIV Shows Why We Shouldn't Give Up on a Vaccine

Ian Jones, The Conversation; Posted Apr 23, 2:37 p.m. ET

A recently published paper confirms and extends previous research data that shows that -- in principle, vaccination against HIV is possible.

Why Are HIV Survival Rates Lower in the Deep South Than the Rest of the U.S.?

Susan Reif and Carolyn McAllaster, The Conversation; Posted Apr 23, 10:43 a.m. ET

Despite having only 28% of the total US population, nine states in the Deep South account for nearly 40% of national HIV diagnoses. This region has the highest HIV diagnosis rates and the highest number of people living with HIV of any US region based on data for 2008-2011.

Community Must Play a Much Greater Role in HIV Treatment Delivery Especially for People Being Left Behind

UNAIDS; Posted Apr 22, 5:16 p.m. ET

Community-based antiretroviral therapy (ART) delivery can improve both the level of access to treatment and the quality of health outcomes for people living with HIV.

Ledipasvir and Sofosbuvir With or Without Ribavirin in People With Liver Transplants

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Apr 22, 2:58 p.m. ET

Overall, in people who had hepatitis C infection after a liver transplant, 12 or 24 weeks of a regimen based on ledipasvir + sofosbuvir resulted in relatively high rates of cure.

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