Incremental change may not be as sexy as a major, seismic shift, but its impact can be just as significant, if not more so. That's as true in research as it is in any other context, and this week's selection of recently published HIV-related journal manuscripts continues the march of slow, steady improvements across a range of issues that impact patient care.
This week's collection includes these findings:
- An integrated stepped alcohol treatment method may yield benefits in HIV clinics.
- Heart risk screening among people with HIV could be enhanced by assessing inflammation-affecting cytokine levels.
- CCR5 gene editing for HIV protection may have another downside: reduced lifespan.
- "Test and treat" for hepatitis C is generally cost effective -- except where budgets are extremely stretched, such as U.S. prisons.
Join us on a brief journey through each of these steps forward in HIV research. To beat HIV, you have to follow the science!