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Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Ben Young, M.D., Ph.D., is a highly regarded HIV physician-researcher who has spent decades at the forefront of efforts to establish better coordinated care for people living with HIV throughout the world. He served as a Q&A expert and writer on TheBody for nearly 20 years, departing in 2018 to ensure no conflicts of interest after taking a senior position with ViiV Healthcare.

Prior to joining ViiV, Young was the senior vice president and chief medical officer of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), one of the world's largest organizations of HIV health care providers, where among his responsibilities, he coordinated educational projects for healthcare providers in Africa and Latin America. He also provided care for people living with HIV at APEX Family Medicine in Denver.

Young is a long-term resident of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, but was raised in New York and San Diego. He began his graduate studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he received a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry working in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Thomas Cech. He went on to earn his medical doctorate in 1992 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed his post-graduate training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Colorado.

Young is the author of more than 80 journal articles, reviews and book chapters relating to HIV and its treatment. He is a member of the World Health Organization's HIV Clinical Guideline Development Group and principal investigator with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's HIV Outpatient Study (HOPS), a massive ongoing analysis of the health of HIV-positive people throughout the U.S. A member of the HIV Medicine Association, the International AIDS Society and the American Academy of HIV Medicine, Young is also actively involved in educating health care professionals and community groups throughout the world on HIV-related subjects. He has devoted previous years to training HIV physicians in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where he witnessed a coup d'etat and a polio outbreak.

Latest by Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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Is Your HIV Treatment Working? Warning Signs and False Alarms

The first few months after you start HIV meds are key in determining whether your first regimen will be successful—not just in the short term, but for years to come. But what are the signs of success?

By Myles Helfand and Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
Q&A: Ask the Experts

Ending stigma

Why isnt more being done to end the stigma surrounding HIV? It seems so much money is continually being spent on new hiv medications and finding a cure , when we already have all the tools we need to end the epidemic if we can get rid of the stigma s...

By Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
Q&A: Ask the Experts

Trivenz while pregnant

Hi I just want to know if is it safe to take trivenz while I'm pregnant. I founded out that I'm HIV + and my doctor prescribe me take HIV treatment, I went to the chemist with the prescription and they gave me Trivenz. When I'm reading the paper insi...

By Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
Q&A: Ask the Experts

inegy tablets and cancer

Hello Doctor I have used inegy 10 mg tablets to treat high cholesterol levels as side effects of Kaletra I used for 15 years. I have read the side effects of inegy. Cancer is one of them. Now I am afraid to use it. I can't change Kaletra as it has im...

By Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
Q&A: Ask the Experts

Teevir and other meds (Efavirenz/lamivudine/tenofovir)

Dear Doc, Please help response, i need your good advice! My viral load are undetectable, and CD4 are high last tested couple months back. So far I have been taking Efavirenz/lamivudine/tenofovir (EFV/3TC/TDF) almost over 2 years, but i have recently ...

By Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
Q&A: Ask the Experts

insomnia

How to u avoid insomnia side effect when taking triumeq

By Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
Q&A: Ask the Experts

substitutes for genvoya

My gf is currently on this med and is not allowed milk thistle due to it's counter effects what would be the best option for her

By Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
Q&A: Ask the Experts

Truvada and alcohol vs hosptial

Hello, I was recently prescribed truvada and am currently taking it. The hospital medication instructions tell me to NOT drink alcohol at all while on this product, yet I have found online sources that say it is okay. Which is the right answer?

By Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
Q&A: Ask the Experts

3 hours late on pep 5th day

Took 4 pep pills on time 5th day was 3 hours late..does this have an matter or does the levels still mantain in blood for compensation?

By Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
Q&A: Ask the Experts

Taking Genvoya every other day.

I live outside the US and cant afford genvoya monthly. How dangerous scientifically speaking would it be to tak Genvoya every other day. I have to pay cash and It is very expensive. Thankyou Saki

By Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.