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Curing Hepatitis C Virus in HIV-Coinfected Patients: Mission Accomplished Img

Curing Hepatitis C Virus in HIV-Coinfected Patients: Mission Accomplished

"Mission Accomplished," the title given by CROI 2015 organizers for the session on hepatitis C (HCV) treatment, was premonitional. Two big phase-3 studies in HIV/HCV coinfected individuals were presented.

In the ION-4 study, 335 patients received tw...

Fat Gains After Starting HIV Treatment Associated With High Viral Loads Img

Fat Gains After Starting HIV Treatment Associated With High Viral Loads

Having a high viral load when starting treatment was most consistently associated with body composition changes after starting antiretroviral therapy.

Hepatitis C Transmission Risk Factors in Gay Men Living With HIV Img

Hepatitis C Transmission Risk Factors in Gay Men Living With HIV

Although we have seen a rise in hepatitis C infections in HIV-positive men who have sex with men, there have not been many studies specifically looking at risk factors and potential modes of transmission among this community.

Hepatitis C Reinfection Rates in People After Being Cured Img

Hepatitis C Reinfection Rates in People After Being Cured

A defining characteristic of hepatitis C is the fact that a person can get reinfected with the virus if he is exposed to it again following cure or spontaneous clearance. A study from CROI 2015 examined how often this occurred.

High Cure Rates in HIV/HCV Coinfected Patients Taking Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir Img

High Cure Rates in HIV/HCV Coinfected Patients Taking Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir

Results from a study of 335 HCV/HIV coinfected patients showed a cure rate of 96%, offering compelling evidence that coinfected persons can be treated for hepatitis C with a once-daily regimen.

Diagnosing and Treating Acute Hepatitis C: Is It Still Important? Img

Diagnosing and Treating Acute Hepatitis C: Is It Still Important?

With the advent of short, safe treatment that can cure hepatitis C, is there still a need to identify and treat hepatitis C early?

Abdominal Body Fat Gains on ART and Viral Load: It Matters Where You Start Img

Abdominal Body Fat Gains on ART and Viral Load: It Matters Where You Start

Researchers found that people with higher viral loads when they first start ART are more likely to have substantial body composition changes than those who start treatment with a lower viral load.

Cardiovascular Complications in Patients Living With HIV Img

Cardiovascular Complications in Patients Living With HIV

Virginia Triant, M.D., M.P.H., provided an in-depth overview on what is now known about the context and pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease in people living with HIV -- as the understanding of these complications has evolved considerably in rec...

Prevention and Management of HIV-Associated Cardiovascular Disease Img

Prevention and Management of HIV-Associated Cardiovascular Disease

"Our understanding of mechanisms of HIV-associated cardiovascular disease (CVD) has not yet translated into tailored clinical interventions," says Virginia Triant, M.D., M.P.H., who provided strategies for healthcare providers to integrate the preven...

HIV-Positive Men Taking Erectile Dysfunction Drugs More Likely to Take Sexual Risks and Have Syphilis Img

HIV-Positive Men Taking Erectile Dysfunction Drugs More Likely to Take Sexual Risks and Have Syphilis

HIV-positive men who had been prescribed medication for erectile dysfunction had a higher rate of syphilis and were more likely to have engaged in sexual risk behaviors than those who had not been prescribed such drugs, according to a study presented...