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Optimal timing for Starting Antiretroviral Therapy in HIV-Infected Patients with Cryptococcal Meningitis

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examines the optimal timing of starting antiretroviral therapy in patients with cryptococcal meningitis. Details here.

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A statistically significant association exists between efavirenz for initial HIV therapy and the risk suicidality. When this drug is given as a component of an antiretroviral drug regimen, patients should be monitored carefully for the possibility of deterioration of their depression or evidence of suicidal behavior.

Physicians who treat patients with cryptococcal meningitis in untreated AIDS patients should be aware that early initiation of antiretroviral therapy is associated with increased mortality.

New recommendations for HIV testing in laboratories will lead to HIV diagnosis as much as 3 to 4 weeks sooner, according to the CDC.

Finding a good doctor to manage HIV probably matters a lot, but finding a good doctor, or any useable or reliable information about a particular doctor, is almost impossible. Here: 5 tips on finding a good HIV physician.

Women of all races and ethnicities are less likely to take antiretroviral therapy than men. Consideration of both gender and race/ethnicity is thus needed to identify areas for targeted intervention to improve outcomes relevant to specific groups of women."

The tools exist to eliminate HIV, but non-adherence is common. New evidence suggests that triggered reminders can influence adherence rates in HIV-positive patients.

There are many reasons why people infected with HIV are more likely to be smokers, and the condition makes it a challenge to quit. But many do want to stop smoking, and a new program shows how to tailor the effort for them.

  • Sandra McCoy PhD

    (AUDIO) Now that HIV testing is universally mandated, what are the best ways to reach into a community to find those who remain untested? In this brief recorded interview, the head of a study designed to test two approaches describes why either one is better than the status quo.

  • (AUDIO) In a brief podcast, the director of the University of North Carolina infectious diseases center ponders the implications of new HIV strains that lead to AIDS symptoms significantly faster than in the past. To him, the response is obvious. What troubles him is that not everyone seems to sense the urgency

  • (AUDIO) The past year has been revolutionary for HIV-positive patients, both in medical care and in policy. And more is in store for the coming year, according to Dr. Michael Horberg of Kaiser Permanente. Listen as the immediate past president of the HIV Medicine Association briefly reviews events of 2013 and forecasts 2014.

  • (AUDIO) Now that guidelines mandate testing all adults for HIV status, what are the best ways to convey the results of this important but often sensitive test? Listen as the co-director of Emory University's Center for AIDS Research offers insights for effective communication on this topic.

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