Diastolic Dysfunction in Patients With HIV, Associations With Cardiac Function

Diastolic dysfunction was associated with multiple alterations in cardiac structure and function in a contemporary HIV-positive population receiving antiretroviral therapy, according to results published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure. A multicenter, cross-sectional, case-control study of people with HIV who were receiving treatment and demonstrated viral suppression was conducted. There were 94 patients with diastolic dysfunction and 101 patients without diastolic dysfunction. All patients had ejection fraction >50%, no significant valvular disease, and no history of coronary revascularization or persistent atrial fibrillation. The groups were similar in CD4 cell count,…

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This College Kid is Using His HIV Status to Shape a Better World

Ariel Sabillon knows his history, and he’s using it to ensure a better future for those living with HIV. A queer-identified son of Honduran immigrants, Sabillon continues to organize staunch efforts for immigration reform and to eradicate HIV stigma. Last year, the Florida native helped to stall House Bill 9, an anti-immigrant law that banned “sanctuary cities.” Now, he’s part of the Florida HIV Justice Coalition to modernize HIV crime laws — all while he’s working to complete his undergrad degree. “I am the first openly queer person in my…

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The Italians Honored World AIDS Day with Heart, Music, and Activism

With KOMOS, the LGBTQ choir of Bologna, Italy, as I bear witness to the HIV epidemic during their World AIDS Day event on November 30th, 2019. What a distinct pleasure to be in the company of spirited Italians for the week of World AIDS Day in early December. I was honored to be the guest of Plus Onlus, their national coalition of gay men living with HIV and their allies, and on Saturday, November 30th, they joined forces with KOMOS, the Bologna LGBTQ chorus, for a night of music and…

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Indetectable es igual a intransmisible: infundir esperanza y eliminar el estigma

To read this fact sheet in English, click here. Índice Haga clic aquí para descargar una versión para imprimir de esta hoja informativa. ¿Qué significa “indetectable es igual a intransmisible”? Cuando una persona que vive con el VIH está tomando medicamentos contra el VIH y su carga viral ha alcanzado niveles indetectables (no hay suficiente VIH en su flujo sanguíneo como para efectuar un análisis medible), dicha persona no puede transmitirle el VIH a su pareja sexual que es VIH negativa. Los miembros de la comunidad, los defensores y los…

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HIV: PrEP and PEP: MedlinePlus Health Topic

What are PrEP and PEP? PrEP and PEP are medicines to prevent HIV. Each type is used in a different situation: PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It is for people who don’t already have HIV but are at very high risk of getting it. PrEP is daily medicine that can reduce this risk. With PrEP, if you do get exposed to HIV, the medicine can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis. PEP is for people who have possibly been exposed to…

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New Formulation of Tesamorelin Available for HIV Patients With Lipodystrophy

Theratechnologies announced the availability of Egrifta SV, a new single-vial formulation of tesamorelin for injection. Egrifta SV is indicated for the reduction of excess abdominal fat in HIV-infected adult patients with lipodystrophy. It is supplied as a lyophilized powder in a 2mg single-dose vial with diluent and can be stored at room temperature. The more concentrated formulation allows for a smaller volume of administration (0.35mL). Egrifta SV and the original version, Egrifta, have differences in the dosage, the number of vials required to prepare a dose, reconstitution instructions, and storage…

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People with HIV aged 75 and older receiving good HIV care but many at risk of frailty

People with HIV aged 75 years and older are receiving “almost perfectly managed” care, but are more likely to experience age-related health conditions, according to French research published in Médecine et maladies infectieuses.

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This Couple Wants Us To Keep Talking About HIV/AIDS

Guy Vandenberg had been working as a nurse for a few years at San Francisco General Hospital’s famous ward colloquially known as “5B,” the first AIDS ward unit in the country, when he discovered his partner, Steve Williams, was ill. Williams began to lose feeling in his leg, until one day he couldn’t get out of bed. At first, doctors thought it might be cancer. But after more testing, Williams was diagnosed with HIV. It was the 1990s, and antiretroviral drugs were starting to advance, so Williams felt relieved when the…

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