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Why Getting Old Isn't Always so Terrible -- and Why People With HIV Can Now Get Life Insurance
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
April 24, 2016


Two patient-related anecdotes, then a news item.

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Zika and HIV: Connecting the Science
By Artur Timerman, M.D.
March 17, 2016

In my first years of medical practice, dealing with AIDS at that time was invariably fatal. Years later, still battling HIV, we are now faced with another outbreak of a similar nature -- the Zika virus. I remember the time when we did not have a clinical-epidemiological diagnosis of a new disease. I remember the era when we did not have a precise etiologic diagnosis. I remember a time when we had not yet discovered the virus responsible for AIDS. Pathogenesis was discussed by inferences but it took us four years to discover HIV (then HTLV-III or LAV) and even more time to understand how it caused immunodeficiency, although a lot still needs to be learned.

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Approval of TAF/FTC/RPV, Another Single Pill HIV Treatment Option
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
March 9, 2016

The approval last week of TAF/FTC/RPV -- that's coformulated tenofovir alafenamide, emtricitabine, and rilpivirine -- brings us another one-pill, once-daily option for HIV treatment.

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Twelve Zika Questions, One HIV Doctor's Answers (Sort Of)
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
February 7, 2016

Got a Zika question? Welcome to the club -- once again, as with any "new" or "emerging" infection, this is uncharted territory, and there are plenty of answers to these questions that could be summarized with 3 words: We Don't Know.

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A Doctor's Perspective: Care Then and Now
By Philip Berger, M.D.
Winter 2016

These peculiar infections resolved, and the doctors just attributed these temporary illnesses to another infection picked up in the bathhouses or through needle sharing on the streets. No one put these individual cases together and wondered whether some common condition could explain their individual patients' illnesses. Yet an epidemic -- the AIDS epidemic -- was exploding before our very eyes.

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IV and Injectable HIV Treatments Are Much Discussed -- But Won't Be Here Anytime Soon
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
January 18, 2016

Something interesting happens when you poll people who treat HIV -- and people who have HIV -- about whether they'd prefer a treatment option that consists of a periodic injection or infusion in place of the pill or pills that they take every day.

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Medical Marijuana and Painful Neuropathy -- An Opportunity to Make Us Believers
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
January 10, 2016

Medical marijuana is now officially available in New York, the city with by far the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. Reporting on the first dispensary in Manhattan, the aptly named Julie Weed (yes! her real name!) writes:

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Do Electronic Health Records Make You a Better (or Worse) Clinician?
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
December 6, 2015

Earlier this week, JAMA Internal Medicine published a study entitled, "Level of Computer Use in Clinical Encounters Associated with Patient Satisfaction".

A more descriptive title would have been "More Computer Use in Clinical Encounters Associated with Reduced Patient Satisfaction", as here's the take home point:

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Five (OK, Six) ID/HIV Things to Be Grateful for This Holiday Season, 2015 Edition
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
November 26, 2015

Some quick ID/HIV gratitude items for 2015, done rapidly as we're hosting a big meal later today.

I wonder what that might be.

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New HIV Treatment Genvoya Is Really All About the TAF Part
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
November 10, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Genvoya (a fixed-dose combination tablet containing elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir alafenamide) as a complete regimen for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older.

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