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:
Exercise = Better Brain Function
A recent study by Dr. David J. Moore and colleagues at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), found that HIV-infected adults who exercise suffered significantly less neurocognitive impairment compared to patients who do not exercise.
The study showed that HIV-infected adults who exercise were approximately half as likely to show signs of neurocognitive impairment as compared to those who do not. They also had better working memory and could process information faster than patients don’t exercise.
Seven areas commonly affected by HIV were tested, including verbal fluency, working memory, speed of information processing, learning, recall, executive function and motor function.
Current HIV Drug Regimens May Protect Against Puberty Delays
A recent study shows that for children who have been HIV-infected since birth, current anti-HIV drug regimens may protect against the delays in puberty that had been seen in HIV-infected children taking older regimens.
HIV appears to delay puberty. Among children born before 1990, more than 10 per cent of HIV-positive girls and boys had not entered puberty by 12 and 13 years of age, respectively. However, a study published in the journal AIDS has found that puberty was delayed for less than one per cent of children born since 1997, when more effective anti-HIV drug therapies became widely available.
What Is The CURE Act?
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Charles Rangel have introduced federal legislation in both chambers of Congress that would help in the fight against escalating rates of HIV/AIDS in minority communities.
The Communities United with Religious Leaders for the Elimination of HIV/AIDS (CURE) Act of 2013 would:
- Strengthen HIV/AIDS education and counseling
- Spread awareness to minority communities
- Develop research to find effective solutions