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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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HIV in the Time of COVID-19

While we remain uncertain about the precise level of interaction (if any) between HIV and SARS-CoV-2 on a pathophysiological level, the pandemic’s disruption of HIV care is irrefutable.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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Mortality Is Way Down Among People With HIV in the U.S.

A new report from the CDC highlights encouraging trends in death rates among people with HIV in the U.S., and is explicit in associating them with strong and concerted public health interventions.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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What Drives Lower Life Expectancy for People With HIV in the U.S.?

Given the decline in mortality among people living with HIV in the U.S., it’s no surprise that the difference in life expectancy between those with and without the virus is shrinking. But the disparities that remain are striking.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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Neighborhood Is a Factor in Women’s HIV Viral Load During Pregnancy

A reasonably understandable initial response to this important study could be “WTF”—but the forces that conspire to harm people of color and people living in poverty are persistent and intransigent.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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Why Is Weight Gain Occurring Among Some People Who Start HIV Treatment?

Given the differences we’ve seen among disparate subgroups, it is highly likely that there are genetic influences on the amount of weight people gain on certain HIV therapies, argues David Wohl, M.D.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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Housing Is Important for Seniors, People Living With HIV, and Everyone Else

Doctors contemplate the role of housing in health care as people with HIV grow older, but are often poor.

By Barbara Jungwirth
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Top 10 HIV Clinical Developments of 2019

Will a given development in HIV make a difference in the clinic? Will it change practice? Is this something I should know if I take care of people living with HIV? The answer to each of these must be yes for the story to make the list.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
In 2013, The New and Observer cover featuring Dr. Charles Van Der Horst getting arrested during a protest

A Final Tribute to Charles van der Horst

Although you may not have known -- or even heard of -- Charles van der Horst, his DNA is woven into the cloth of HIV care and research.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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HPV Vaccine Rates Are Low Because People Still Don't Understand Its Cancer Risks

The vaccine for human papillomavirus got a bad rap when it debuted. And yet time has shown it's very effective in reducing cancers linked to HPV.

By Martha Kempner