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.
(Podcast) Two years ago, two HIV-positive patients lost all signs of the virus, as far as doctors at Harvard Medical School could tell. Suddenly, months later, the virus returned in force. What happened, and what does it mean?
Having insurance encourages people to use health care services. Thus the inception of "Obamacare" is likely to have a dramatic impact HIV/AIDS in the US, increasing quick diagnosis and early treatment, and perhaps even heralding the first HIV-free generation.
(AUDIO) How many lives have been saved due to early treatment of HIV infection, and what is the impact on society? An economist who has helped to answer these questions also ponders the deeper implications of the new information about progress against HIV.
(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
Depression is common among HIV-positive patients, and clearly affects adherence. Treating depression improves adherence, but is also justified in its own right as improperly treated depression can be as devastating as inadequately treated AIDS.
HIV-positive status no longer equates with emaciation. In fact, if anything, patients are more likely to be over- than under-weight, and this can affect the success of their treatments. Here, some guidance for clinicians on how to address the issue.