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Prompt ART Initiation Shortens Time to Viral Suppression. But Can HIV Clinics Manage That?

A recent study reaffirms that starting antiretroviral therapy soon after HIV diagnosis leads to faster viral suppression.

By Larry Buhl
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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
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This Week in HIV Research: The Real-World Effects of COVID-19

Oct. 22, 2020: Impact of COVID-19 shutdowns on HIV viral suppression; unsuppressed HIV viral load despite no treatment failure; point-of-care rapid testing vs. lab testing; it's not about "what," it's about "when."

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
Juan Berenguer, M.D., Ph.D. and Antonio Urbina, M.D.
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Immediate HIV Treatment Initiation With Integrase Inhibitors Leads to Large Drop in Secondary HIV Transmission Among MSM

Integrase inhibitors are known to be potent first-line therapy options. Recent research suggests their benefits extend to onward HIV prevention as well.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W. and Myles Helfand
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This Week in HIV Research: So Many Relative Risks

July 1, 2020: Quantifying bone fracture risks; real-world lipid effects of switching to TAF; pulmonary function impairment in MSM; immunomodulatory drugs and viral load blips.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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Conference Coverage

Scientists Report Documented Sustained HIV Remission in a 4-Year-Old Child

Treating newborns with antiretroviral therapy in the hours after birth may help put HIV into remission.

By Sony Salzman
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Features

Weight Gain and HIV Antiretrovirals: Lipodystrophy for the Integrase Era

In a busy year buzzing with the flight of potentially revolutionary new HIV medications, evidence of large weight increases accompanying dolutegravir and bictegravir has been a bombshell.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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Features

TANGO, the Most Relevant Two-Drug Antiretroviral Therapy Trial of the Year

Whether lamivudine/dolutegravir is sufficient to achieve and maintain viral suppression was last year's question. As we move to 2020, a new question could be asked: Are three-drug regimens still necessary?

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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This Week in HIV Research: If I Could Turn Back Ossein

Nov. 7, 2019: Zoledronic acid to prevent bone loss; bone benefits for older patients switching from TDF to TAF; periperhal artery disease among women; motor dysfunction and cognitive impairment.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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Conference Coverage

Two-Drug HIV Regimen Works Well Except in People With Low CD4 Count, Study Finds

The combination of dolutegravir and lamivudine is effective for treatment-naive patients regardless of age, gender, or race, according to a new subgroup analysis of the GEMINI clinical studies.

By Sony Salzman