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Top 10 HIV Clinical Developments of 2020

In this exclusive series of articles, David Alain Wohl, M.D., calls attention to 10 developments that have tremendous short-term implications for our day-to-day efforts to improve HIV prevention, treatment, patient care, and policy in the U.S., and analyzes each development with his trademark wit and clinical savvy.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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This Week in HIV Research: What’s in Your Head

Nov. 12, 2020: The most significant burdens experienced by PLWH; asymptomatic neurocognitive impairment and HAND risk; financial incentives for improving HIV knowledge and testing; linking HIV and COVID-19 testing.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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For PrEP to Work, Shared Doctor-Patient Decision-Making Is Key

The process of choosing between PrEP options is often not straightforward. Oni Blackstock, M.D., explains how providers can help ensure their patients end up with the most successful option for them.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
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Understanding U=U Can Improve Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV—but the Message Matters

W. David Hardy, M.D., discusses the takeaway messages for HIV care providers after a recent research paper found that a third of all people living with HIV reported never discussing U=U with their provider.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
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We Need to Talk About Racism as a Barrier to HIV Prevention and Care for Black Women

HIV infection rates among Black women in the U.S. have fallen sharply over the past decade, but look closer and the numbers still paint a troubling story.

By Ginger Skinner
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This Week in HIV Research: Incidence and Clinical Care Trends Among MSM

Oct. 1, 2020: HIV surveillance trends among U.S. MSM; health insurance and viral suppression; PrEP prescribing among motivated clinicians; PrEP sharing between MSM.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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This Week in HIV Research: The Long Road to Racial Health Justice

Sept. 24, 2020: HIV adherence cohorts usually fail to reflect the diversity of the epidemic; HIV thrives in deprived neighborhoods; rethinking barriers to rapid HIV treatment initiation; long-term adverse events on INSTIs vs. efavirenz.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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Real Talk at SYNChronicity 2020: Black Women Are Essential to Eliminating HIV

Open conversations between care providers and Black women are vitally important in order to empower women with information about HIV and how to protect their health.

By Juan Michael Porter II
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This Week in HIV Research: Where the Rubber Meets the Ring

Sept. 10, 2020: Concomitant use of vaginal rings with condoms; benefits of more frequent HIV screening for young MSM; Black MSM, substance use, and the PrEP continuum; HIV outcomes stratified by anti-LGTBQ policy across U.S. states.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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Getting PrEP to Those Who Need It During COVID-19 Has Presented New Challenges

Washington, D.C. area community organizations and clinics have moved a lot of prevention efforts online, but much is missing without in-person contact.

By Chase Alston