This Week in HIV Research: The Ubiquity, and Diversity, of Substance Use

This Week in HIV Research: The Ubiquity, and Diversity, of Substance Use

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In this week's journey through recent medical journal issues for HIV-related research, we encounter the following findings of note:

  • Substance use is extremely common among people with HIV, though precisely how common varies by substance.
  • PML, one of the original AIDS-defining illnesses, remains a risk today, particularly among specific subgroups of people with HIV.
  • The stage of an adult woman's reproductive life cycle impacts the effectiveness of a tenofovir-containing vaginal gel.
  • A whole lot of money has been spent on the global battle against HIV -- but funding ain't what it used to be.

Join us as we tread through each of these studies in more detail. To beat HIV, you have to follow the science!

Barbara Jungwirth is a freelance writer and translator based in New York. Follow Barbara on Twitter: @reliabletran.

Myles Helfand is the executive editor and general manager of TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. Follow Myles on Twitter: @MylesatTheBody.

Image Credit: kunertus for iStock via Thinkstock

In this week's journey through recent medical journal issues for HIV-related research, we encounter the following findings of note:

  • Substance use is extremely common among people with HIV, though precisely how common varies by substance.
  • PML, one of the original AIDS-defining illnesses, remains a risk today, particularly among specific subgroups of people with HIV.
  • The stage of an adult woman's reproductive life cycle impacts the effectiveness of a tenofovir-containing vaginal gel.
  • A whole lot of money has been spent on the global battle against HIV -- but funding ain't what it used to be.

Join us as we tread through each of these studies in more detail. To beat HIV, you have to follow the science!

Barbara Jungwirth is a freelance writer and translator based in New York. Follow Barbara on Twitter: @reliabletran.

Myles Helfand is the executive editor and general manager of TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. Follow Myles on Twitter: @MylesatTheBody.

Image Credit: kunertus for iStock via Thinkstock