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Historic Donation of HIV Prevention Drugs

From the Washington Post. Drugmaker to donate HIV-prevention pills for as many as 200,000 people by Lenny Bernstein The pharmaceutical company that makes a once-a-day pill that protects users against HIV has agreed to donate enough medication to cover as many as 200,000 people for 11 years, the Trump administration announced Thursday. Gilead Sciences, the […]


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HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis, by Race and Ethnicity — United States, 2014–2016

From the CDC. Huang YA, Zhu W, Smith DK, Harris N, Hoover KW. HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis, by Race and Ethnicity — United States, 2014–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:1147–1150. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6741a3 Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with a daily, oral pill containing antiretroviral drugs is highly effective in preventing acquisition of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (1–4). […]


MMWR: MRSA among persons who inject drugs

From CDC. Invasive Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections Among Persons Who Inject Drugs — Six Sites, 2005–2016 June 8, 2018 / 67(22);625-628 In the United States, age-adjusted opioid overdose death rates increased by >200% during 1999–2015, and heroin overdose death rates increased nearly 300% during 2011–2015 (1). During 2011–2013, the rate of heroin use within the past year […]


Surprise added benefit of an alcohol addiction medication

From Yale News Drug to Treat Alcohol Addiction Also Helps with Suppression of HIV by Ziba Kashef A medication commonly prescribed to treat alcohol use disorder also appears to help maintain or improve suppression of HIV among individuals at risk for relapse receiving HIV antiretroviral treatment, Yale researchers said. In a new study, a research […]


New CDC Resource for HIV & HCV

From CDC. By Corinna Dan, R.N., M.P.H., Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor CDC has released Managing HIV and Hepatitis C Outbreaks Among People Who Inject Drugs: A Guide for State and Local Health Departments, a guide to help state and local health departments plan for an outbreak of HIV or hepatitis C among people who inject drugs. […]


Increase in hepatitis C infections linked to worsening opioid crisis

From HIV.gov. This is only a portion of the article. View the full article here. Spike in new infections could have devastating long-term consequences New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that the recent steep increase in cases of acute hepatitis C virus infection is associated with increases in opioid […]