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Oral Cancer More Common Among HIV-Infected North Americans

A huge study has found that cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx have occurred more frequently in recent years among HIV-positive people than HIV-negative people. The reasons remain unclear, though smoking and alcohol use are possible culprits.

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African-Americans

"Tools for Survival: Staying Relevant and Viable" -- Sharing Resources at USCA 2011

If you haven't had many opportunities to attend HIV-related conferences, you might wonder just what happens at these gatherings. Four women in our community wrote about their experiences at various conferences over the past year, and shared some of t...

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A Bad Note in HIV Prevention: Our VOICE May Be Hoarse, but the Opera Isn't Over -- A Blog Entry by Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S. Img
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A Bad Note in HIV Prevention: Our VOICE May Be Hoarse, but the Opera Isn't Over -- A Blog Entry by Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S.

Another disappointing note was bellowed out this month concerning the discontinuation of part of a significant HIV prevention trial in women. The 1% tenofovir (Viread) gel arm of the VOICE phase 2B clinical trial was halted early by the independent D...

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HIV and Sexual Function in Women Over 50: A Blog Entry by Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S. Img
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HIV and Sexual Function in Women Over 50: A Blog Entry by Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S.

"How do we as clinical practitioners proceed with our HIV-positive women over 50 who report sexual dysfunction? Do we tell them they are just 'frigid,' as women in general were told decades ago?" nurse practitioner Bethsheba Johnson asks in our "HIV ...

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Where Are the DHHS HIV Treatment Guidelines for Clients Over 50 Years Old? A Blog Entry by Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S. Img
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Where Are the DHHS HIV Treatment Guidelines for Clients Over 50 Years Old? A Blog Entry by Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S.

We know that with all of this drama and older age there is an increased risk of AIDS-related and non-AIDS-related death," writes Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C, in our HIV Care Today blog on TheBodyPRO.com. "So why is it that the U.S. Department of ...

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Endocrine/Sexual Dysfunction

Keeping Up With Erectile Dysfunction: Why Are There So Many Men Over 50 Asking for Help? A Blog Entry by Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S.

In my current practice, every day there is at least one man over the age of 50 asking for an erectile dysfunction (ED) medication. It seems to have become an epidemic. Or it is just more openly discussed. Or both.

So what are the causes of ED? And w...

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New Viral Load Technologies: Potential for a Real-Time Virologic Mess: A Blog Entry by Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S.

A while back, after a challenging day in the office, I came home to the pleasure of reading the Winter 2011 edition of HIV Specialist, the magazine of the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM). Of particular interest to my weary brain was an arti...

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People Who Use Drugs

Do No Harm: Tips on Connecting With, and Helping, Your Drug-Using Patients or Clients: A Blog Entry by Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S.

In my article for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I forgot to include a very important topic. That important topic is the prevention of HIV and hepatitis transmission through recreational drug use.

If your patient population is anything like ...

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Women

Tips From the Frontlines on Providing the Best Possible HIV Care for Women: A Blog Entry by Bethsheba Johnson, G.N.P.-B.C., A.A.H.I.V.S.

We marked U.S. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10. The theme this year was "Now it's time for you to decide: What can you do?" Although the day is meant to raise awareness among the general population, and although it passed ...

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African-Americans

Bethsheba Johnson: Let's Talk About Safer Sex: A Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Primer for Providers

As I was sitting homebound in Super Bowl XLV land due to the Groundhog Day blizzard, I thought about what I could do for U.S. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 7, 2011, in addition to my role as a nurse practitioner providing direct patie...

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