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HIV Medicine

L Ryom, C Boesecke, M Bracchi, J Ambrosioni, A Pozniak, J Arribas, G Behrens, Pgm Mallon, M Puoti, A Rauch, J M Miro, O Kirk, C Marzolini, J D Lundgren, M Battegay
BACKGROUND: The European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) Guidelines have since 2005 provided multidisciplinary recommendations for the care of HIV-positive persons in geographically diverse areas. GUIDELINE HIGHLIGHTS: Major revisions have been made in all sections of the 2017 Guidelines: antiretroviral treatment (ART), comorbidities, coinfections and opportunistic diseases. Newly added are also a summary of the main changes made, and direct video links to the EACS online course on HIV Management...
March 1, 2018: HIV Medicine
C Oprea, I Ianache, P I Calistru, M Nica, S Ruta, C Smith, M Lipman
BACKGROUND: A high prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) among HIV-positive injecting drug users (IDUs) may fuel the TB epidemic in the general population of Romania. We determined the frequency and characteristics of TB in HIV-infected IDUs referred to a national centre. METHODS: Prospective observational cohort study of all newly-diagnosed HIV-positive IDUs admitted to Victor Babes Hospital, Bucharest, between January 2009 and December 2014. Socio-demographics, clinical characteristics and outcomes of HIV/TB co-infected IDUs were compared to HIV-positive IDUs without TB...
February 21, 2018: HIV Medicine
B I Haynes, M Pitkanen, R Kulasegaram, S J Casey, M Schutte, K Towgood, B Peters, G J Barker, M D Kopelman
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to investigate the hypothesis of accelerated cognitive ageing in HIV-positive individuals using longitudinal assessment of cognitive performance and quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: We assessed a broad cognitive battery and quantitative MRI metrics [voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)] in asymptomatic HIV-positive men who have sex with men (15 aged 20-40 years and 15 aged ≥ 50 years), and HIV-seronegative matched controls (nine aged 20-40 years and 16 aged ≥ 50 years)...
February 14, 2018: HIV Medicine
J R Santos, A Cozzi-Lepri, A Phillips, S De Wit, C Pedersen, P Reiss, A Blaxhult, A Lazzarin, M Sluzhynska, C Orkin, C Duvivier, J Bogner, P Gargalianos-Kakolyris, P Schmid, G Hassoun, I Khromova, M Beniowski, V Hadziosmanovic, D Sedlacek, R Paredes, J D Lundgren
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate the long-term response to antiretroviral treatment (ART) based on atazanavir/ritonavir (ATZ/r)-, darunavir/ritonavir (DRV/r)-, and lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r)-containing regimens. METHODS: Data were analysed for 5678 EuroSIDA-enrolled patients starting a DRV/r-, ATZ/r- or LPV/r-containing regimen between 1 January 2000 and 30 June 2013. Separate analyses were performed for the following subgroups of patients: (1) ART-naïve subjects (8%) at ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitor (PI/r) initiation; (2) ART-experienced individuals (44%) initiating the new PI/r with a viral load (VL) ≤500 HIV-1 RNA copies/mL; and (3) ART-experienced patients (48%) initiating the new PI/r with a VL >500 copies/mL...
February 1, 2018: HIV Medicine
A Ciccullo, R Gagliardini, G Baldin, A Borghetti, D Moschese, A Emiliozzi, F Lombardi, R Ricci, D Speziale, F Pallavicini, S Di Giambenedetto
OBJECTIVES: Italy is a low-incidence region for hepatitis A; however, during the last 2 years an increase in the incidence of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection was reported in Europe. The aim of this study was to describe this recent outbreak. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed all cases of acute hepatitis A diagnosed at our laboratory between January 2010 and June 2017. We evaluated the following variables at the time of diagnosis: sex, age, nationality, glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT/AST), glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT/ALT), bilirubin concentration, international normalized ratio (INR) and the presence or absence of anti-HIV-1/2 antibodies...
January 29, 2018: HIV Medicine
J Bischoff, S Mauss, C Cordes, T Lutz, S Scholten, A Moll, H Jäger, M Cornberg, M P Manns, A Baumgarten, J K Rockstroh
OBJECTIVES: The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) treatment recommendations for hepatitis C no longer discriminate between HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV)-coinfected and HCV-monoinfected patients. However, recent data from Spain are questioning these recommendations on the basis of the findings of higher relapse rates and lower cure rates in HIV/HCV-infected subjects. The aim of our study was to compare HCV cure rates in monoinfected and coinfected patients from Germany...
January 25, 2018: HIV Medicine
H B Krentz, S Campbell, V C Gill, M J Gill
OBJECTIVES: The incremental costs of expanding antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment to all HIV-infected patients are substantial, so cost-saving initiatives are important. Our objectives were to determine the acceptability and financial impact of de-simplifying (i.e. switching) more expensive single-tablet formulations (STFs) to less expensive generic-based multi-tablet components. We determined physician and patient perceptions and acceptance of STF de-simplification within the context of a publicly funded ARV budget...
January 25, 2018: HIV Medicine
M Di Carlofelice, A Everitt, D Muir, A Winston
OBJECTIVES: Despite adequate suppression of plasma HIV RNA, viral escape in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is widely reported. Rates of CSF HIV RNA escape vary in the literature. In persons living with HIV (PLWH) undergoing lumbar puncture examination for clinical reasons, we assessed rates of CSF HIV RNA escape. METHODS: Persons living with HIV attending a designated HIV neurology service undergoing CSF assessment for clinical reasons between January 2015 and April 2017 were included in the study...
January 25, 2018: HIV Medicine
Z Liu, Q Fang, J Zuo, V Minhas, C Wood, T Zhang
OBJECTIVES: Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is a multicentric angioproliferative cancer of endothelial origin typically occurring in the context of immunosuppression or immunodeficiency. Consequently, KS is one of the most common cancers in HIV-infected individuals and frequently occurs among transplant recipients. Nevertheless, its incidence in different populations is not well understood. METHODS: We searched online databases for publications on KS incidence. A random-effect meta-analysis was performed to combine the KS incidences and incidence rate ratios (IRRs) for associated risk factors...
January 25, 2018: HIV Medicine
E L Pufall, M Kall, M Shahmanesh, A Nardone, R Gilson, V Delpech, H Ward
OBJECTIVES: The incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV infection remains high in gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the UK, and sexualized drug use ("chemsex") and injecting drug use ("slamsex") may play a part in this. We aimed to characterize HIV-positive MSM engaging in chemsex/slamsex and to assess the associations with self-reported STI diagnoses and sexual behaviours. METHODS: Data from a 2014 survey of people attending HIV clinics in England and Wales were linked to clinical data from national HIV surveillance records and weighted to be nationally representative...
January 24, 2018: HIV Medicine
Nnm Kwan, Amh Wong, Y Fang, Z Wang
OBJECTIVES: 'Get an early check - chrysanthemum tea' was a multimedia campaign promoting HIV testing targeting Chinese-speaking men who have sex with men (MSM) in Hong Kong, China. It ran from October to December 2015. This study was carried out to investigate the level of campaign exposure among Chinese-speaking MSM in Hong Kong and the association between uptake of HIV testing in the last 6 months and campaign exposure. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted 6 months after the campaign was launched...
January 24, 2018: HIV Medicine
L Kent, A Amlani, S Vundavalli, B H Ridha, J H Vera
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January 19, 2018: HIV Medicine
K Aebi-Popp, V Mercanti, C Voide, J Nemeth, A Cusini, B Jakopp, D Nicca, M Rasi, A Bruno, A Calmy, B Martinez de Tejada
OBJECTIVES: Women with HIV infection are mainly of reproductive age and need safe, effective and affordable contraception to avoid unintended pregnancies. The aim of this study was to evaluate contraceptive use and unintended pregnancies in this population in Switzerland. METHODS: A self-report anonymous questionnaire on contraceptive methods, adherence to them, and unintended pregnancies was completed by women included in the Swiss HIV Cohort Study (SHCS) between November 2013 and June 2014...
January 16, 2018: HIV Medicine
H Peters, C Thorne, P A Tookey, L Byrne
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to investigate circumstances surrounding perinatal transmissions of HIV (PHIVs) in the UK. METHODS: The National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood conducts comprehensive surveillance of all pregnancies in women diagnosed with HIV infection and their infants in the UK; reports of all HIV-diagnosed children are also sought, regardless of country of birth. Children with PHIV born in 2006-2013 and reported by 2014 were included in an audit, with additional data collection via telephone interviews with clinicians involved in each case...
January 16, 2018: HIV Medicine
A Laher, N Ariefdien, Y Etlouba
OBJECTIVES: First-episode psychosis is a frequent emergency department (ED) presentation that may potentially be secondary to an underlying life-threatening HIV-related condition. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of HIV infection in patients presenting with a first episode of psychosis. METHODS: Medical records of 159 consecutive African, Asian, White and mixed ethnicity patients presenting to a tertiary academic hospital ED with a first episode of psychotic features were prospectively reviewed...
December 28, 2017: HIV Medicine
A Roen, K Laut, A Pelchen-Matthews, E Borodulina, L Caldeira, A Clarke, B Clotet, A d'Arminio Monforte, G Fätkenheuer, J M Gatell Artigas, I Karpov, A Kuznetsova, G Kyselyova, I Mozer-Lisewska, F Mulcahy, L Ragone, A Scherrer, V Uzdaviniene, L Vandekerckhove, V Vannappagari, L Ostergaard, A Mocroft
OBJECTIVES: Five to eight per cent of HIV-positive individuals initiating abacavir (ABC) experience potentially fatal hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs). We sought to describe the proportion of individuals initiating ABC and to describe the incidence and factors associated with HSR among those prescribed ABC. METHODS: We calculated the proportion of EuroSIDA individuals receiving ABC-based combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) among those receiving cART after 1 January 2009...
December 22, 2017: HIV Medicine
O T Stirrup, A J Copas, A N Phillips, M J Gill, R B Geskus, G Touloumi, J Young, H C Bucher, A G Babiker
OBJECTIVES: To investigate factors that predict speed of recovery and long-term CD4 cell count in HIV-1 seroconverters initiating combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), and to quantify the influence of very early treatment initiation. We make use of all pre-treatment CD4 counts, because analyses using only a single observation at initiation may be subject to biases. METHODS: We used data from the CASCADE (Concerted Action on SeroConversion to AIDS and Death in Europe) multinational cohort collaboration of HIV-1 seroconverters...
March 2018: HIV Medicine
E Rosenthal, C Fougerou-Leurent, A Renault, M P Carrieri, F Marcellin, R Garraffo, E Teicher, H Aumaitre, K Lacombe, F Bailly, E Billaud, S Chevaliez, S Dominguez, M A Valantin, J Reynes, A Naqvi, L Cotte, S Metivier, V Leroy, M Dupon, T Allegre, P De Truchis, V Jeantils, J Chas, D Salmon-Ceron, P Morlat, D Neau, P Perré, L Piroth, S Pol, M Bourlière, G P Pageaux, L Alric, D Zucman, P M Girard, I Poizot-Martin, Y Yazdanpanah, F Raffi, E Le Pabic, C Tual, A Pailhé, I Amri, E Bellissant, J M Molina
OBJECTIVES: Studies evaluating the efficacy and safety of the fixed-dose combination ledipasvir (LDV)/sofosbuvir (SOF) in patients coinfected with HIV-1 and hepatitis C virus (HCV) have mainly included treatment-naïve patients without cirrhosis. We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of this combination in treatment-experienced patients with and without cirrhosis. METHODS: We conducted a multicentre, open-label, double-arm, nonrandomized study in patients coinfected with HIV-1 and HCV genotype 1 with and without cirrhosis, who had good viral suppression on their antiretroviral regimens...
March 2018: HIV Medicine
T Bashir, Kvr Reddy
OBJECTIVES: Development of HbAHP-25, a peptide that prevents HIV-1 entry into cells by blocking gp120-CD4 interaction, as a topical anti-HIV drug, necessitates that it is first tested for toxic or abrasive effects on genital epithelial cells and also on the vaginal microbiome. The present study was, therefore, undertaken to investigate whether: (1) HbAHP-25 has any adverse effect on growth and membrane integrity of various cell lines, and (2) HbAHP-25 neutralizes gp120 mediated insults on genital epithelial cells...
March 2018: HIV Medicine
E J Smolders, C Smit, Ctmm de Kanter, Asm Dofferhoff, J E Arends, K Brinkman, B Rijnders, M van der Valk, P Reiss, D M Burger
OBJECTIVES: Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection can cause drug-drug interactions (DDIs) with combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) and non-cART co-medication. We mapped how physicians manage DDIs between DAAs and co-medication and analysed treatment outcomes. METHODS: Data were prospectively collected as part of the ATHENA HIV observational cohort and retrospectively analysed. Dutch patients with HIV/HCV coinfection who initiated treatment with DAAs between January 2015 and May 2016 were included...
March 2018: HIV Medicine
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