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Immediate ART in START trial linked to better kidney function

Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) proved higher (better) in international START trial participants who began antiretroviral therapy (ART) immediately at a CD4 count above 500 than in those who delayed…

Impact of aging on non-AIDS comorbidity in large Spanish HIV cohort

Among Spanish CoRIS Cohort members 50 or older, almost 14 in 1000 have a new non-AIDS cancer diagnosis every year, a rate nearly 3 times higher than in younger CoRIS…

Drugs that saved HIV patients now threaten them in old age

Two decades ago, Gus Cairns was certain AIDS would kill him. He had buried his partner and seen countless friends succumb to the disease. Cairns was constantly tired, he lost…

Hepatitis B- and C-positive patients seem to carry higher risks for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

In an Italian case-control study with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) patients, researchers confirmed an increased risk for those positive for hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV). The findings…

VACS Index score can help identify HIV-positive people most at risk of neurocognitive decline

A combination of simple, routine blood tests may be able to predict which people living with HIV are especially vulnerable to neurocognitive decline, according to US research published in Clinical…

Is a Cure for Hepatitis B Coming? Experts Say Yes

June 20, 2016 • By Hepatitis B Foundation Staff How far are we from finding a cure for hepatitis B? We are close, said Timothy Block, PhD, president and co-founder of the…

HIV-to-HIV organ transplants moving forward

Multicenter study preparing for launch, pilot studies already begun For decades HIV-positive patients were barred from organ donation, but recent policy changes have seen that federal ban reversed. Now surgeons…

Ribavirin levels too high or low in most patients taking DAAs

Most HCV patients in a 100-person Netherlands analysis had ribavirin concentrations above or below the target range when taking the drug with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) . Ribavirin starting doses appeared…

Race does not impact early mortality among patients with chronic HCV

Recent findings published in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis showed that race was a nonfactor in the early mortality of patients with hepatitis C virus infection. African-American patients with kidney disease and…

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