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Top 10 HIV Clinical Developments of 2020

In this exclusive series of articles, David Alain Wohl, M.D., calls attention to 10 developments that have tremendous short-term implications for our day-to-day efforts to improve HIV prevention, treatment, patient care, and policy in the U.S., and analyzes each development with his trademark wit and clinical savvy.

Marlon M. Bailey and Tonia Poteat

LGBTQ Health and Well-Being: Where Is the U.S. Right Now?

Tonia Poteat, Ph.D., PA-C, M.P.H., and Marlon M. Bailey, Ph.D., dive into the important takeaways of a major new report on sexual and gender diverse populations in the U.S.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
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How Can We Manage Pain Better in Older Adults Living With HIV?

“Telling them now that ‘the government is saying I need to decrease your opioids. ... Sorry you’re going to suffer,’ was just not satisfying to me as a physician,” says Maile Young Karris, M.D.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
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HIV Incidence Is Lower in States With More Generous Low-Income Food Benefits

“The message that needs to be communicated to people in power, and it needs to be communicated loud and frequently, is, ‘Look. Here’s the actual human cost of not enacting these kinds of policies. Here’s the potential benefit,’” says Aaron Richterman, M.D., M.P.H.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.

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HIV in the Time of COVID-19

While we remain uncertain about the precise level of interaction (if any) between HIV and SARS-CoV-2 on a pathophysiological level, the pandemic’s disruption of HIV care is irrefutable.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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PrEP (HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)

HIV PrEP Is Finally About to Get Its Shot

PrEP for HIV is a pill. It has always been a pill. But it will not always be a pill, thanks to two major trials evaluating cabotegravir, an integrase inhibitor formulated for intramuscular injection, as PrEP.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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PrEP (HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)

PrEP and Prior Authorization: A Discriminatory Cheap Ploy

An important new analysis describes a key barrier to PrEP in the U.S., one that is almost sinister in its application predominantly in southern states.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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HIV Epidemiology

Mortality Is Way Down Among People With HIV in the U.S.

A new report from the CDC highlights encouraging trends in death rates among people with HIV in the U.S., and is explicit in associating them with strong and concerted public health interventions.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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HIV Epidemiology

What Drives Lower Life Expectancy for People With HIV in the U.S.?

Given the decline in mortality among people living with HIV in the U.S., it’s no surprise that the difference in life expectancy between those with and without the virus is shrinking. But the disparities that remain are striking.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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Managing HIV Drug Resistance

Fostemsavir, at Last: A New Treatment Option for Extensive HIV Drug Resistance

Most people living with HIV will never need fostemsavir. But for those who do, the drug can be a life-saver—and that is pretty epic.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.

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