Our series on mentor-mentee researchers continues with Ellen Eaton, M.D., and Kelsie Dodson, with the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
People newly diagnosed with HIV must be able to access treatment and support, which could be improved if guided by people who have been taken the test themselves, researchers found.
"We're already triaging people," said Kara Vassily, RN, "so for us, this is another series of things we can do to get the rapid HIV and hepatitis C screening done."
"A new approach is being piloted. The idea is to test if point-of-care viral load monitoring is in reach."
Despite their increased risk, only one-third of adolescents and young adults with known opioid use disorder were screened for hepatitis C, according to a study released at the IDWeek conference in San Francisco.
Missed chances for HIV testing; depressive symptoms associated with detectable HIV viral load; perceived HIV discrimination declines overall; zoledronic acid beats TDF switching for bone mass improvement.
HIV self-testing vs. professional HIV testing; the most effective influenza vaccine strategies for people with HIV; how age can affect flu vaccine efficacy; early HIV treatment and CD4:CD8 ratio normalization.
Primary care + HIV care = improved health care engagement; the efficacy of different HIV testing and treatment interventions; abdominal fat and hypertension rates; the ethics of HIV phylogenetics.
Long-term glucose disorders; anal vs. cervical HPV; PrEP adherence among U.S. veterans; economic incentives to spur HIV testing.
Despite progress, time to diagnosis for many high-risk groups stretches into years.