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Missed Opportunities for HIV Screening in Pharmacies and Retail Clinics - JMCP

Missed Opportunities for HIV Screening in Pharmacies and Retail Clinics - JMCP

UnitedHealthcare to lift mail order requirements for patients with HIV/AIDS bit.ly/1fvIvME

UnitedHealthcare to lift mail order requirements for patients with HIV/AIDS bit.ly/1fvIvME

AIDS physician groups tell pharmaceutical companies to lower the price of their drugs and expand access to their medicines, expanding co-pays, ensuring formulary coverage.

AIDS physician groups tell pharmaceutical companies to lower the price of their drugs and expand access to their medicines, expanding co-pays, ensuring formulary coverage.

Rival hepatitis C drugs from Merck & Co and Vertex Pharmaceuticals are effective in patients also infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to data released on Tuesday. The Vertex drug had the more impressive results, the data showed.

Rival hepatitis C drugs from Merck & Co and Vertex Pharmaceuticals are effective in patients also infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to data released on Tuesday. The Vertex drug had the more impressive results, the data showed.

Low-income HIV patients on a single-pill regimen had about a 25% lower  risk of hospitalization over time than those taking multiple pills, a  researcher said. Data from a large Medicaid database also showed that taking a single  pill was associated with 14 to 20 fewer admissions per 100 patients,  according to Cal Cohen, MD, of the Community Research Initiative of New  England in Boston.

Low-income HIV patients on a single-pill regimen had about a 25% lower risk of hospitalization over time than those taking multiple pills, a researcher said. Data from a large Medicaid database also showed that taking a single pill was associated with 14 to 20 fewer admissions per 100 patients, according to Cal Cohen, MD, of the Community Research Initiative of New England in Boston.

New H.I.V. Cases Steady Despite Better Treatment

The American HIV epidemic is still concentrated primarily in gay men, and is growing rapidly worse among young black gay men, a new report revealed. For most risk groups, infection rates are stable, with 61 percent of cases contracted through gay or bisexual sex, 27 percent through heterosexual sex and 9 percent through drug injections. But because of the plateauing and rising rate of infection in gay black men, AIDS activists say this proves that government prevention policies are a flop.Read more from the New York Times here.

Studies Show AIDS Drugs May Prevent Infection

Two new studies done in three African countries have shown for the first time that AIDS drugs taken daily can cut by more than half a person’s chance of becoming infected with HIV through heterosexual intercourse. Read more here

AIDS Drug Can Cause Premature Aging, Study Finds

An older class of antiretroviral drugs, known as zidovudine, used to treat HIV can cause premature aging, a new study published in Nature Genetics suggests.Researchers examined muscle cells from HIV patients and found that antiviral drugs like zidovudine damage DNA in mitochondria, the energy factories in cells. Read more here.

Nearly 1.2 million people in the U.S. with AIDS

By the close of 2008 there were 1,178,350 people in the United States living with HIV, 20 percent of whom don’t know they are infected, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read here

30th Anniversary of AIDS: More Living Longer

More than 30 percent of all those with HIV are 50 years old or older, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2008, the most recent year for which data is available. That’s up from 26 percent in 2006. Now, geriatricians are incorporated into the care of HIV patients. Many face the natural physical decline of old age along with the cumulative effects and symptoms of living with AIDS.

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