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Top Stories in HIV Medicine for 2016
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
January 1, 2017

A lot of these "Best of ..." or "Top Stories in ..." lists have already been published, as they seem to be appearing earlier and earlier each year. Pretty soon we'll start reading them around the same time they sell Halloween Candy -- and that's just too early, sorry.

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Ebola Vaccine, A New Use for Listerine, USPSTF on HSV, Nether Grooming and More: A Christmas and Hanukkah Overlap ID Link-o-Rama
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
December 25, 2016

A few notable ID stories out there for this remarkable convergence in our Judeo-Christian holiday calendar:

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Seven ID/HIV Things to Be Grateful for This Holiday Season, 2016 Edition
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
November 20, 2016

I know, I know -- you read that title and thought, "Grateful now? He must be out of his mind."

But with the (unsurprising) concession that I too felt that watching the election returns was akin to witnessing a slowly developing and incomprehensible train wreck, I remind you that the expression of gratitude is well known to make you happier. Plus, it's the season.

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Anticipating Trump, an HIV Psychotherapist Considers Long-Term Survival and Solidarity
By Keiko Lane
November 11, 2016

The morning after the election, my parents left on a road trip to Manzanar, the internment camp in central California where my family was imprisoned during World War II. My mother was born there. When I talked to them before they left, they were glad to be getting offline and out of range for a few days. They were going to scatter more origami cranes on the now empty, dusty block where my family was housed when my mother was a baby.

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Do ID Clinicians Perpetuate Our Own Stigma?
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
November 6, 2016

New person you're meeting: What to do you do?
ID Doc: I'm a doctor.
New person: Oh -- what kind?
ID Doc: A specialist in Infectious Diseases.
New person (making a face, or moving a few feet back, either to be humorous or truly frightened, or both): Yuck! Well I guess someone has to do it ...

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New Clinical Resources: Mental Health Needs of People Aging With HIV/AIDS
By David Fawcett, Ph.D., LCSW
October 26, 2016

We have not been here before. Over 50% of Americans with HIV are now over 50, and that number continues to grow. Mental health professionals treating older persons living with HIV are confronted with complex comorbidities that are just beginning to be documented and understood. When compounded by HIV, the routine medical, psychological and psychosocial stressors of aging grow more complex and present unique challenges to providers.

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Why Guessing an Infectious Disease/HIV Doctor's Political Affiliation Is Easy
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
October 9, 2016

One of our medical school's most beloved teachers gives a wonderful lecture on how to give an effective presentation. He offers many invaluable tips for a successful talk, such as 1) Show up early; 2) Know your audience; 3) Don't read your slides; 4) Never include a slide that you need to preface by saying, "I know you can't read this, but ..."

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The Trauma of Hope: A Psychotherapist Reflects on False Cure News
By Keiko Lane
October 6, 2016

This time, at least the "cure" news broke over the weekend, so I got to understand the science and anticipate the full range of responses and feelings before my week started.

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Ten Years After Landmark HIV Testing Guidelines, How Are We Doing? Specifically in Emergency Departments?
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
September 18, 2016

In the late 1990s, a patient was admitted to our hospital with HIV-associated PCP. He had advanced AIDS, a CD4 cell count < 100, and was sick enough to require a temporary stay in our ICU.

Those clinical details aren't so remarkable -- "late" diagnoses of HIV still happen, and happened even more back then. What's remarkable is what happened to him before he got admitted.

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My Transition Toward Trans Awareness
By Robert M. Grant, M.D., M.P.H.
September 7, 2016

I recall when a colleague told me in 2014 that some transgender women advocates were unhappy with iPrEx. I was surprised and disappointed. Since the study was conceived in 2004, I had struggled to include trans women for so many reasons and against so many objections.

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