Every week we have a “newsletter” which gets emailed to CARES staff and board members. Its purpose is to highlight recent HIV-related news from the United States as well as other countries. A short informational teaser lets everyone know what each news item is about and a link is included at the end for those who have an interest in reading the story in its entirety. We pull information from various news, government and health-related websites, as well as personal blogs. From time to time we include links to webinars that might be useful in the work that we do.
Here is this week’s update:
Managing Side Effects When Beginning HIV Treatment
When first beginning an HIV treatment regimen, side effects can include:
- Anxiety and Mood Changes
- Brain Matters: Strange Dreams; Trouble Sleeping or Concentrating
- Nausea, Upset Stomach, Vomiting
Patients and caregivers can work together to determine treatment options that can help to manage these side effects.
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 1 in 15 Americans. Symptoms can include numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain which often begins in the hands and feet.
According to the CDC, of the millions of Americans living with neuropathy, 230,000-575,000 have HIV-neuropathy, or approximately 20-50% of HIV patients.
HIV Infection Rates Spiking Among The Navajo
Forty-seven new diagnoses of HIV were found on the Navajo reservation in 2012, up 20 percent from 2011, according to a report from the federal Indian Health Service. That is the highest annual number recorded among the tribe by the health agency.
Currently there are about 200 Navajo patients tracked by area clinics. Prevention is a challenge in a community where sex is still rarely discussed publicly and infection is often hidden from loved ones.
Melvin Harrison, the executive director of the Navajo AIDS Network, said that of the 65 people his group treats, most have not shared their status with friends and family.
To learn more click on the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/us/navajo-confront-increase-in-new-hiv-infections.html?_r=0