Official: Increases in acute hepatitis C could be related to increased testing

Official: Increases in acute hepatitis C could be related to increased testing

CLARKSBURG — Despite reports that cases of infectious diseases transmissible through intravenous drug use are on the rise in the state, officials say there is reason for hope. The rise in reported cases could be a reflection of increased efforts to test and diagnose patients suffering from those diseases, according to Dr. Rahul Gupta, state […]

Could this implant protect women from HIV?

Could this implant protect women from HIV?

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Opioid Crisis Fuels A Spike In HIV Infections, And Experts Fear There's More To Come

Opioid Crisis Fuels A Spike In HIV Infections, And Experts Fear There's More To Come

HIV clusters among people who inject drugs are back, this time in Massachusetts, despite its reputation as the nation’s gold standard for public health and health care access. Lawrence and Lowell, neighboring cities near the New Hampshire border, reported spikes in new HIV infections last year among people who inject drugs, with 52 new cases in the […]

Handouts boost adherence to ARV drugs – study

Handouts boost adherence to ARV drugs – study

Incentives such as umbrellas and tea mugs according to research not only improve drug adherence among patients, but also saves them from treatment options like second-line regimens that are known to be limited. Incentives such as umbrellas and tea mugs according to research not only improve drug adherence among patients, but also saves them from […]

Chasing A New Way To Prevent HIV: Passive Immunization

Chasing A New Way To Prevent HIV: Passive Immunization

A child is tested for HIV in Johannesburg, South Africa. A single injection of antibodies that target HIV is being developed and analyzed. Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images A child is tested for HIV in Johannesburg, South Africa. A single injection of antibodies that target HIV is being developed and […]

South Africa Tests Potential Game-Changer in HIV Treatment

South Africa Tests Potential Game-Changer in HIV Treatment

What if refilling a prescription was as easy as withdrawing money from an ATM? A South African tech company wants to make that possible. Its innovation, the Pharmacy Dispensing Unit, is being tested in Johannesburg, and health experts say it could provide a strong boost for the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and potentially […]

An Opioid Crisis Foretold

An Opioid Crisis Foretold

Federal regulators, doctors and others were swayed by pharmaceutical companies that argued for greater use of opioids; there was increasing awareness that doctors had become too unresponsive to patients who were in pain. Patient advocates and pain specialists demanded that the medical establishment recognize pain as the “fifth vital sign.” Mr. Courtwright says that this […]