AIDSinfo Releases New, Redesigned HIV/AIDS Fact Sheets

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AIDSinfo has released new, redesigned fact sheets on a variety of HIV/AIDS topics. Our fact sheets are written in easy-to-read language and are meant to complement the federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines. They are an excellent patient education resource for people with HIV, their family and friends, and anyone who wants to learn more about HIV/AIDS. The fact sheets provide an overview of HIV, including information on treatment, prevention, side effects, and issues specific to women.

Each fact sheet is based on information from the HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines and U.S. federal government sources.

The fact sheets are organized into five topical categories. Each category has fact sheets relating to that topic listed under the category.

The fact sheet categories include the following:

  • HIV Overview: includes fact sheets on the basics of HIV/AIDS, the stages of HIV infection, the HIV life cycle, FDA-approved HIV medications…

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People with HIV Can Live as Long as Uninfected Populations

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A new study reports that young people with HIV have a life expectancy similar to that of the general population.

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Widespread Support for HIV PrEP Among Infectious Disease Doctors in the US and Canada

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Few have ever prescribed PrEP

Three-quarters of infectious disease specialists in the United States and Canada are supportive of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), but only 9% have prescribed the treatment, results of a survey published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases show. The study is the largest-ever survey of physician attitudes towards PrEP.

“Strong support exists for PrEP but very few clinicians (9%) have actually provided it,” comment the authors. “Additionally, a wide range of PrEP practices existed among those who have or would give PrEP including differences in deciding who is eligible for PrEP, how persons on PrEP are followed-up and how PrEP is discontinued.”

PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of infection with HIV in certain at-risk populations. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidance documents concerning eligibility for PrEP, and how to begin, monitor and cease…

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HIV and Smoking

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“…the smoking rate is two to three times higher (than the national average) among adults who are HIV-positive.”

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States, causing nearly one out of five deaths in the United States each year.

Smoking increases your risk of developing lung cancer and other cancers, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and other diseases, and of dying early.

For these reasons, smoking is a significant health issue for all individuals, but it is even more of a concern for people living with HIV, who tend to smoke more than the general population. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 19% of adults in the United States are smokers. However, the smoking rate is two to three times higher among adults who are HIV-positive.

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Unsuppressed HIV Viral Load Doubles Heart Disease Risk

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Having an unsuppressed HIV viral load appears to double the risk of structural heart disease, Medical News Today reports. Spanish researchers conducted a prospective cohort study of 65 people with HIV who had shortness of breath, giving them a transthoracic echocardiogram to determine if they had structural heart disease, including ventricular hypertrophy, systolic or diastolic dysfunction, or pulmonary hypertension.

Of the cohort, which was 63 percent male and had an average age of 48 years old, 47 percent had some form of structural heart disease—for the most part left ventricular hypertrophy, left ventricular dysfunction, pulmonary hypertensions and indications of right ventricle failure. Seventy-five percent of the participants with a detectable viral load had structural heart disease, compared with 43 percent of those with an undetectable viral load.

The complete story and related links can be found here.

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