You know the old adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away?" Quaint though it is, you probably know as well as we do the broader truth underlying it: Preventive medicine is often good medicine. Yet in the U.S., as in much of the world, we live largely in a treatment-focused area; the value of knowledge and prevention tends not to gain as much traction as it may be due.
These days, what conversation we do have about HIV prevention tends to revolve around pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). But there's so much more to pay attention to when it comes to preventing HIV transmission as well as HIV treatment failure, as this week's selection of recently published research attests:
- Housing stability needs to be closely examined and addressed to curb the risk of HIV viremia.
- The stigma of poverty, as much as poverty's direct effects, can impair viral suppression.
- Syringe services could prevent hundreds of HIV infections if implemented before a rural outbreak occurs.
- The relatively unused practice of index testing could greatly improve HIV status awareness worldwide.
Let's do what we can to stay up to date on research like this and carry the torch for preventive health. To beat HIV, you have to follow the science!