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Higher CD4 Counts -- But Not Statins -- Cut Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke and Mortality

Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jun 22, 10:05 a.m. ET

Statin use did not affect risk of myocardial infarction, stroke and all-cause mortality -- but a higher CD4 count did lower risk -- in a retrospective study of 438 people taking combination antiretroviral therapy.

More Study Highlights From BHIVA 2015

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Jun 21, 3:15 p.m. ET

Other studies seen at BHIVA 2015 include data on HIV and transgender care, as well as HIV-positive kidney transplant recipients.

Impact of Age and HIV on Use of Non-HIV Meds: Early Results From the POPPY Study

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Jun 21, 3:14 p.m. ET

Early data from the U.K. POPPY study reported on use of health service and non-HIV drugs in HIV-positive people older than 50 compared to two control groups: HIV-positive people younger than 50 and HIV-negative people older than 50, both matched by race, gender, sexuality and region.

Ethics vs. Economics: The Cost of Outsourcing Clinical Trials to Developing Countries

Paddy Rawlinson, The Conversation; Posted Jun 19, 2:56 p.m. ET

As the demand grows for newer and better drugs for an expanding range of conditions, so too does the need for clinical testing. Health as a commodity repositions ethics within an economic framework, and human experimentation is no exception. Profits, rather than people, become the prime consideration.

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?

 

Young Adults Don't Understand Health Insurance Basics -- And That Makes It Hard to Shop for a Plan

Charlene Wong, The Conversation; Posted Jun 19, 2:49 p.m. ET

The health and success of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) depends on a lot of factors, and enrolling enough "young invincibles" in health insurance is one of them. Enrolling in health insurance can be hard; choosing a health insurance plan that provides the amount of coverage you'll likely need at the right cost is a difficult task.

Diabetes Facts for People With HIV

The Center for AIDS; Posted Jun 19, 1:29 p.m. ET

How can people with HIV prevent and manage diabetes? This guide can help.

Do Plentiful Diabetes Risk Factors Include HIV?

Mark Mascolini, The Center for AIDS; Posted Jun 19, 1:23 p.m. ET

Is HIV itself a risk factor for diabetes or are societal factors -- race, class, age -- to blame?

This Week in HIV Research: Helping HIV-Positive Smokers Quit; Alcohol and Sexual Decision-Making; Gender Differences; and More

Warren Tong , TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jun 18, 10:46 p.m. ET

This week we look at results from a pilot study that uses an algorithm to make it easier for smokers living with HIV to quit. We also read about a study that finds alcohol predicts sexual decision-making.

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.

 

Rectal STIs and Viral Load in HIV-Positive Men On and Off Treatment

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Jun 18, 10:19 p.m. ET

A new study looks at the impact of rectal gonorrhea and chlamydia on HIV viral load in plasma and rectal tissue.

Primary HIV Infection and Early Use of Antiretroviral Therapy

Simon Collins, HIV i-Base; Posted Jun 18, 10:18 p.m. ET

Several studies at BHIVA 2015 added to the growing evidence from using antiretroviral therapy in earlier HIV infection, including specific reasons linked to treatment during primary HIV infection (PHI) for those diagnosed in this earliest window and also for earlier treatment in chronic infection.

Standards of Care and Standards of Screening for High Glucose With HIV

Mark Mascolini, The Center for AIDS; Posted Jun 18, 2:34 p.m. ET

Blood sugar targets for people living with HIV may be different than those for the general population. How often should people with HIV be tested?

Fibrosis, CD4 Count Predict Liver-Related Death in HIV/HCV Patients

Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jun 18, 1:00 p.m. ET

Fibrosis stage 2 or higher and lower CD4 count independently predicted liver-related mortality in a large study following HIV/HCV-coinfected patients.


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