A primer for Donald Trump: HIV and HPV are completely different viruses

A primer for Donald Trump: HIV and HPV are completely different viruses

At a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation event earlier this week, Microsoft founder Bill Gates regaled an audience with stories about meetings with President Donald Trump — including Trump’s lack of basic knowledge about two sexually transmitted infections that affect millions of people around the world. “Both times he wanted to know if there was […]

Emerging Two-Drug Regimens in HIV Infection

Emerging Two-Drug Regimens in HIV Infection

Joseph Eron, MD: Let’s talk about novel and emerging therapies. New drugs are coming. One of the things that’s being talked about a lot, even for initial therapy, is the use of 2-drug therapies. Eric, what’s going on there? Eric Daar, MD: There has been some rethinking of, do we really need 3 drugs? We […]

Virologic Resistance in HIV Infection

Virologic Resistance in HIV Infection

Joseph Eron, MD: Eric, are we seeing resistance? You talked about barrier to resistance with the different drugs, but resistance, emergence, altogether? Eric Daar, MD: In our clinics, we have 2 populations. We have those people who started with sequential monotherapy or dual therapy; they’ve accumulated a lot of resistance. Most of those people, who […]

Natural antioxidant bilirubin may improve cardiovascular health

Natural antioxidant bilirubin may improve cardiovascular health

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Bilirubin, a yellow-orange pigment, is formed after the breakdown of red blood cells and is eliminated by the liver. It’s not only a sign of a bruise, it may provide cardiovascular benefits, according to a large-scale epidemiology study. A recent analysis of health data from almost 100,000 veterans, both with and […]

PrEP: Protection against HIV in a pill?

PrEP: Protection against HIV in a pill?

HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus) weakens the human immune system and destroys the important cells that fight disease and infection. A person can get HIV when bodily fluids — including blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, or vaginal fluids of a person with the virus — come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged […]

Proposed needle exchange targets an epidemic of health problems

Proposed needle exchange targets an epidemic of health problems

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – The city’s top health official declared a public health emergency Thursday. Dr. Virginia Caine is targeting drug addicts and dirty needles, hoping to slow an alarming spread of HIV and hepatitis C. Caine told a crowd of supporters she wants drug addicts to receive new, clean needles in exchange for their used […]

Needle exchange program aims to reduce HIV in Bexar County

Needle exchange program aims to reduce HIV in Bexar County

by Joseph Galli, News 4 San Antonio P-CIRCA_ NEEDLE EXCHANGE 9PM.mp4.png SAN ANTONIO — Syringe exchange programs have seen success in other places across the country and now organizations here can offer those services. “We know that HIV is increasing and continues to increase and we know some of that increase is being driven by […]

Don't Shortchange Consumers: Copays Count

Don't Shortchange Consumers: Copays Count

A new insurance policy could prove harmful to HIV patients and others living with chronic disease, who need to access and adhere to daily medications. Several insurers and employers are no longer allowing co-pay cards from drug manufacturers, which many patients use to lower their out-of-pocket costs, to count towards a patients’ deductible. Patient cost-sharing […]

FDA shames drug companies suspected of using 'gaming tactics' to delay competition

FDA shames drug companies suspected of using 'gaming tactics' to delay competition

The FDA is publishing a list of companies that may be delaying generic competition by using “gaming tactics.” (Andrew Harnik/AP) To lower drug prices, the Trump administration is trying public shame. On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration posted a list of more than three dozen drug companies that may be restricting access to samples that generic drug […]