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Is HIV Itself a Marker for Worse COVID-19 Outcomes? Research Remains Mixed

Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians’ worst fears about HIV and COVID-19 don’t appear to have materialized—but there remains a lot of uncertainty.

By Larry Buhl
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Recent Research Highlights Difficulty in Measuring Heart Disease Risk for People Living With HIV

Two studies out of Europe aimed to give data on which patients with HIV benefit most from lipid-lowering medications, but they both ultimately concluded that better CVD risk-assessment tools—targeted specifically for PLWH—are needed.

By Larry Buhl
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This Week in HIV Research: The Importance of Challenging Our Assumptions

Feb. 25, 2021: High HCV SVR among people using substances; geographic HIV care disparities among Black Americans; self-administered imiquimod vs. ASIL excision; PrEP uptake in syringe service programs.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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This Week in HIV Research: To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Feb. 18, 2021: Insomnia rates among PLWH; trends in multimorbidity diagnosis; viral load control loss in the modern HIV treatment era; acceptability of HIV self-test dissemination methods.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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This Week in HIV Research: Early Screening Matters, and Not Just for HIV

Feb. 11, 2021: Early comorbidity development among women living with HIV; type 2 heart attack frequency; assessing European-based CVD assessment tools; long-term cognitive dysfunction and HIV/hepatitis coinfection.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand

This Week in HIV Research: What Risk Compensation?

Feb. 4, 2021: STI rates among PrEP users; how Medicaid expansion affects HIV testing and PrEP rates; utilizing mental health care providers in PrEP uptake; adapting HIV care in the COVID era.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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Elevated Dementia Risk Persists Among Older People Living With HIV

Even among people on modern HIV treatment, just over a quarter of PLWH are diagnosed with dementia by age 80, compared to just under 14% of HIV-negative people, according to a new U.S. study.

By Larry Buhl
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This Week in HIV Research: Health in Unity

Jan. 21, 2021: Dyad-level interventions in serodiscordant relationships; using social media to improve PrEP uptake; HCV prevalence among MSM; the irrelevance of doxycycline prophylaxis against mycoplasma genitalium.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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This Week in HIV Research: A Patient’s History Really Matters

Jan. 14, 2021: Interpersonal violence history and adverse HIV outcomes; the incidence and severity of breast cancer; the effect of menopause on integrase-associated weight gain; two-drug therapy for HIV treatment-experienced people.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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This Week in HIV Research: Delivering Care Through Uncertainty

Jan. 7, 2021: HIV status and COVID-19 disease severity; associations between tobacco smoking, cancer incidence, viral load, and CD4 count; immune recovery on integrase inhibitors; using smart pill bottles to boost adherence.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand