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:
Lack of Available Food Contributes to Deaths Among HIV+ Drug Users
A study done at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, found that food insecurity increases risk of death among injection drug users (IDUs) with HIV/AIDS, even if they are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART).
Researchers followed 254 IDUs from across British Columbia. 71 percent reported food insecurity when they began ART. Over a period of 13 years, researchers found that participants who were food insecure were twice as likely to die compared to those who were food secure.
New Additions To The AIDSinfo Drug Database
The newest additions to the AIDSinfo drug database give health care providers and patients even more information on HIV/AIDS-related drugs. Recent improvements include:
- Investigational HIV drug summaries for health professionals that include the most recent information on pharmacology, dosing, adverse events, and drug interactions.
- Updated HIV investigational drug summaries for patients that highlight the latest research on HIV-related drugs under investigation.
- Updated and new opportunistic infection drug summaries for health professionals and patients that reflect the latest information available.
To learn more visit: http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/e-news/archive/2013/5/31
Is Undetectable HIV Stigmatizing Gay Sex?
“An HIV-positive person can achieve undetectable levels after undergoing antiretroviral therapy (ART). A level of a person’s HIV viral load is what causes them to be more or less likely to transmit the disease. An undetectable viral load reduces the likelihood of transmission by 96 percent. Once a person achieves an undetectable status, it is possible to remain at this level provided that the person is compliant with their ART medication.”
– Tyler Curry, founder of Needle Prick Project
Does the label “undetectable” help or harm discussions about gay sex and HIV? That’s the question HuffPost Gay Voices Editor Noah Michelson discussed with Curry, Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak and My Fabulous Disease blogger Mark King on HuffPost Live.
Watch the full segment on HuffPost LIVE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/undetectable-hiv-gay-sex-_n_3368101.html