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.
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.
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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