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Daniel S. Berger, M.D.

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Hepatitis C

CROI's Hep C Treatment News

The revolution of treatment development with direct acting agents against hepatitis C virus (HCV) is moving faster than a speeding bullet. As it once was for treatment development of HIV, it is dramatic.

Thus, one of many reasons to attend the 19th ...

By Daniel S. Berger, M.D. for Positively Aware
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News

The Path to a Cure

Is curing HIV possible? I believe that the answer is a resounding YES! The proof of concept for a cure is derived from the famous Berlin patient, Timothy Ray Brown, who many now believe has been "cured." Also, at least two small pharmaceutical compan...

By Daniel S. Berger, M.D. for Positively Aware
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We Mourn Our Great Loss: Paying Homage to Martin Delaney

We mourn our loss. A great hero in the fight of HIV disease and a great friend to many, Martin Delaney died this morning, January 23, 2009.

Martin Delaney was well known to many people. He was a pioneer and leader, and a key figure within the AIDS m...

By Daniel S. Berger, M.D. for Positively Aware
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Sexual Encounters With Undetectable HIV-Positive Men

Many HIV experts have recently become embroiled in a new controversy: Does an undetectable viral load translate to significant reduction in HIV transmission during sex? If so, are condoms necessary? What message should be imparted by physicians to ...

By Daniel S. Berger, M.D. for Positively Aware
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Comparing Two Integrase Inhibitors

It was more than a wish that integrase inhibitors became weaponry against HIV. We've waited a long time to get to this point and an even longer time to arrive at the position where we're now studying and comparing two integrase inhibitors. Elvitegr...

By Daniel S. Berger, M.D. for Positively Aware
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Neurocognitive

Minocycline May Have Protective Effect Against HIV-Related Neurological Complications, Research Suggests

Neurological problems related to HIV disease have long been one of the most difficult complications to diagnose and treat. Before the widespread use of highly active antiviral therapy, infections and tumors of the brain were not uncommon. While we ...

By Daniel S. Berger, M.D. for Positively Aware
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A New Era in HIV Treatment -- The Entry Inhibitors

HIV treatment as we know it is poised to undergo a seismic shift. New long-awaited "Star Wars" drugs are on the brink of becoming part of our arsenal; they belong to the new class called entry inhibitors. While older antivirals are effective becaus...

By Daniel S. Berger, M.D. for Positively Aware
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Understanding Two New Once-a-Day Combinations: Truvada and Epzicom

Introduction

Sexy new drugs have appeared ahead of schedule on drugstore shelves and with much fanfare. Gilead Sciences, gained approval for Truvada, a combination pill of Viread plus Emtriva. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), have combined Epivir and Ziagen ...

By Daniel S. Berger, M.D. for Positively Aware
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People Who Use Drugs

Crystal Methamphetamine and HIV -- A Catastrophe

The number of gay men using crystal methamphetamine is expanding and is tied to the increasing numbers of HIV seroconversions, especially among the youngest. Addiction to crystal methamphetamine is wreaking havoc on our community and it commonly dest...

By Daniel S. Berger, M.D. for Positively Aware
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Taking Giant Steps Forward in Antiviral Drug Treatment

The development of drugs used to treat people with HIV have historically been based on safety, as well as their effect on reducing viral load. Twenty antiviral agents are currently approved in the U.S. (not counting combination pills) and the abili...

By Daniel S. Berger, M.D. for Positively Aware