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WHO Decision to Recommend Treatment for All With HIV an Easy One -- Now Comes the Hard Part
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
October 1, 2015

In the newspaper today -- and yes, we still do get it delivered (some habits die hard) -- is this headline: "Millions More Need H.I.V. Treatment, W.H.O. Says"

It's true -- these updated guidelines say that all should be treated soon after diagnosis, regardless of CD4 cell count or whether they have symptoms.

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Decision to Lower Price of Pyrimethamine a Good One, Especially Given the Weak Defense of the Price Hike
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
September 24, 2015

The big ID story the past couple of weeks is that the price of pyrimethamine -- a drug that's been available generically for decades -- went from $13.50 to $750 for one pill after the exclusive rights to the drug were purchased by Turing Pharmaceuticals.

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Electronic Health Record and Drug Prescribing Warnings: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
September 20, 2015

Recently, an ENT colleague (fictionally named "Clint" below), sent me two emails triggered by drug-drug interaction warnings he received while seeing HIV patients.

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The Overlooked Secondary Benefits of PrEP
By Howard Grossman, M.D.
September 18, 2015

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV infection utilizing tenofovir/emtricitabine (Truvada) has been nothing short of revolutionary in changing the landscape of HIV prevention. What has been less discussed are the enormous secondary benefits that have followed the introduction of PrEP.

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Is PrEP 100 % Effective or 100 % Over-Hyped?
By Tim Lahey, M.D., M.M.Sc.
September 18, 2015

Recently we got great news from a real-world study of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Researchers at San Francisco's Kaiser Permanente Medical Center reported on the real-world experience of 657 people who started PrEP between 2012 and 2015. Over 99% were men who have sex with men, 84% reported multiple sexual partners, and 30% had HIV-positive partners. Together they were observed for over 388 person-years of PrEP use.

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We're in an HIV Prevention Revolution. Where Is the Excitement?
By Marc-André LeBlanc
September 10, 2015

We're in the midst of an HIV prevention revolution. Over the past few years, we have gained new tools and knowledge to prevent HIV, from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to the knowledge that an undetectable viral load dramatically reduces the risk of transmission.

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Two Drugs With High Prices -- One Is (Surprise!) Good Value, the Other Is Truly a Rip-Off
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
September 7, 2015

By now, the fact that HCV treatment carries a high price is a fact as well known to the medical and non-medical public as 1) a million dollars doesn't get you much in Manhattan or Bay-area real estate; 2) a Rolex is an expensive way to know what time it is; and 3) even though a Tesla doesn't need gas, buying one won't save you money.

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Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for HCV Can't Be Cost-Effective -- but We Might End Up Recommending It Anyway
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
August 23, 2015

An email query from a colleague:

Hi Paul,
Just got a call from one of our surgeons who got a needlestick from a suture needle, small amount of blood. Patient is HCV+. Any post-exposure prophylaxis recommended?

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Summer HIV and Infectious Disease Highlights
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
August 17, 2015

Title of this post notwithstanding, the weather in Boston this summer has been great -- mostly warm days, cool nights, low humidity -- hence the energetic jumping pooch in the picture (not mine, click on it for full effect). I just love the phrase, "dog days of summer," and wanted an excuse to use it.

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The Pain -- and Potential Power -- of Electronic Health Records in One Little Anecdote
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
August 9, 2015

Here's a scintillating series of events that happened recently on our inpatient consult service.

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