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AIDS Quilt, the Early 1990s and Sadness
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
July 25, 2012

The early 1990s has potentially many associations -- the break-up of the Soviet Union, the first Gulf War, the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombings, The Lion King, Forest Gump, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and the cancellation of the baseball season, to name a few.

But we HIV/ID specialists will always remember that period for something else -- namely, that deaths from AIDS in the United States peaked then, making it an especially challenging time to practice.

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IAS-USA HIV Guidelines Updated
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
July 23, 2012

With the International AIDS Conference in Washington just starting, the International Antiviral (ahem) Society-USA has revised it's HIV treatment guidelines, updating the 2010 version.

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Home HIV Test Big News -- But Why? And What Impact Will It Have?
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
July 5, 2012

The recent FDA approval of a home HIV antibody test (OraQuick In-Home HIV Test) was covered just about everywhere. It's an oral swab test, takes 20-40 minutes, and will be available over-the-counter.

How big a news story was it?

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"HAART Era" Now Longer Than "Pre-HAART Era" -- Can We Officially Retire "HAART"?
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
July 1, 2012

As I've shared before, I'm no fan of the term "HAART" and do everything I can to stop people from using it.

(I'm a fun guy to have at parties.)

I'm returning to this pet peeve of mine because I realized recently that we've passed a milestone of sorts.

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HIV Testing Roundup, and a Brief Rant
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
June 29, 2012

I've written so many times about HIV testing that a complete list of the headlines fills two full web pages.

But since the last entry on the topic was more than a month ago, one might think I've lost interest in the topic.

Never!

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Questions About HIV Cure, and a Very Funny Quote
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
June 13, 2012

The single case of HIV cure following allogeneic bone marrow transplant is in the news again, this time because of data just presented at "The International Workshop on HIV and Hepatitis Virus Drug Resistance and Curative Strategies" (formerly known as the "HIV Resistance Workshop" -- how's that for rebranding?).

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NASW's "HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project" Supports the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
June 11, 2012

The sun was gleaming on Miami's Biscayne Bay. Palm trees swayed in the gentle breeze and, in the distance, cruise ships were about to set sail for exotic ports. English, Spanish and a dozen other languages drifted through the air as happy people enjoyed the beautiful day. As perfect as it was, the idyllic scene was not all it seemed.

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SPARTAN: Two-Drug, NRTI-Sparing Strategies Continue to Disappoint
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
June 8, 2012

Just published is the cleverly named "SPARTAN" study -- spartan because it leaves out both NRTIs and ritonavir -- and the results are very interesting.

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Cryptococcal Meningitis Study Stopped -- Early HIV Therapy Clearly Harmful
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
June 2, 2012

From NIAID, an important clinical trial has been stopped early.

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Generic Nevirapine Now Available -- But the Big One Is Next Year
By Paul E. Sax, M.D.
May 25, 2012

As I'm sure you've heard from your patients -- as I did -- lamivudine (3TC) is now available generically.

Now comes news of the release of several generic formulations of nevirapine (NVP), an effective but always somewhat overshadowed medication. Since its approval way back when in 1996, there has always been a solid reason to pick something else.

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