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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732085/point-of-care-screening-for-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-pregnant-women-at-an-antenatal-clinic-a-south-african-experience
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Nafiisah Chotun, Wolfgang Preiser, Christoffel Johannes van Rensburg, Pedro Fernandez, Gerhard Barnard Theron, Dieter Glebe, Monique Ingrid Andersson
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Elimination of HIV and syphilis mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) has received much attention but little consideration has been given to the possibility of elimination of HBV MTCT. In sub-Saharan Africa, HBV vertical transmission continues to be reported and it remains an important public health problem. This study aimed to assess the feasibility of screening pregnant women for HBV using a point-of-care (POC) test and implementing interventions to prevent HBV MTCT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732037/integrating-cervical-cancer-with-hiv-healthcare-services-a-systematic-review
#2
Louise Sigfrid, Georgina Murphy, Victoria Haldane, Fiona Leh Hoon Chuah, Suan Ee Ong, Francisco Cervero-Liceras, Nicola Watt, Alconada Alvaro, Laura Otero-Garcia, Dina Balabanova, Sue Hogarth, Will Maimaris, Kent Buse, Martin Mckee, Peter Piot, Pablo Perel, Helena Legido-Quigley
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is a major public health problem. Even though readily preventable, it is the fourth leading cause of death in women globally. Women living with HIV are at increased risk of invasive cervical cancer, highlighting the need for access to screening and treatment for this population. Integration of services has been proposed as an effective way of improving access to cervical cancer screening especially in areas of high HIV prevalence as well as lower resourced settings...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731977/interventions-for-neuropathic-pain-an-overview-of-systematic-reviews
#3
Svjetlana Dosenovic, Antonia Jelicic Kadic, Maja Miljanovic, Marina Biocic, Krste Boric, Marija Cavar, Nikolina Markovina, Katarina Vucic, Livia Puljak
Numerous interventions for neuropathic pain (NeuP) are available, but its treatment remains unsatisfactory. We systematically summarized evidence from systematic reviews (SRs) of randomized controlled trials on interventions for NeuP. Five electronic databases were searched up to March 2015. Study quality was analyzed using A Measurement Tool to Assess Systematic Reviews. The most common interventions in 97 included SRs were pharmacologic (59%) and surgical (15%). The majority of analyzed SRs were of medium quality...
August 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731422/frailty-in-men-living-with-hiv-a-cross-sectional-comparison-of-three-frailty-instruments
#4
Hui-Ling Yeoh, Allen Cheng, Clovis Palmer, Suzanne M Crowe, Jennifer F Hoy
BACKGROUND: Potent antiretroviral treatment has resulted in near normal life expectancy for people living with HIV. Consequently, there is an increased focus on comorbidities, frailty and quality of life. METHODS: We assessed and compared the prevalence of frailty, associated factors and relationship with quality of life in older Australian men living with HIV in a cross-sectional study using three frailty measurements. The Frailty Phenotype, Frailty Index, and Edmonton Frail Scale were applied to 93 HIV-infected men aged over 50 years, on antiretroviral therapy...
July 21, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730408/evolution-of-the-hiv-1-transgenic-rat-utility-in-assessing-the-progression-of-hiv-1-associated-neurocognitive-disorders
#5
Kristen A McLaurin, Rosemarie M Booze, Charles F Mactutus
Understanding the progression of HIV-1-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) is a critical need as the prevalence of HIV-1 in older individuals (>50 years) is markedly increasing due to the great success of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). Longitudinal experimental designs, in comparison to cross-sectional studies, provide an opportunity to establish age-related disease progression in HAND. The HIV-1 transgenic (Tg) rat, which has been promoted for investigating the effect of long-term HIV-1 viral protein exposure, was used to examine two interrelated goals...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729911/vaginal-progesterone-to-reduce-preterm-birth-among-hiv-infected-pregnant-women-in-zambia-a-feasibility-study-protocol
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Joan T Price, Katie R Mollan, Nurain M Fuseini, Bethany L Freeman, Helen B Mulenga, Amanda H Corbett, Bellington Vwalika, Jeffrey S A Stringer
BACKGROUND: Women infected with HIV have a risk of preterm birth (PTB) that is twice that among uninfected women, and treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART) may further increase this risk. Progesterone supplementation reduces the risk of preterm delivery in women who have a shortened cervix in the midtrimester. We propose to study the feasibility of a trial of vaginal progesterone (VP) to prevent PTB among HIV-infected women receiving ART in pregnancy. Given low adherence among women self-administering vaginal study product in recent microbicide trials, we plan to investigate whether adequate adherence to VP can be achieved prior to launching a full-scale efficacy trial...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729800/dentition-status-and-treatment-needs-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-positive-patients-on-anti-retro-viral-therapy-in-raichur-taluk-karnataka-india-a-cross-sectional-study
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Shrikanth Muralidharan, Arunkumar Acharya, Shanthi Margabandhu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the dentition status and the treatment needs of the HIV-positive patients on ART for more than a year in Raichur, Karnataka. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Convenience sampling was followed. The sample size was 170. The dentition status and treatment needs of the patients were recorded as per the WHO guidelines. RESULTS: The overall prevalence of dental caries was 79.4%. Males had higher percentage of dental caries than the females, and this was found to be statistically significant...
April 2017: European Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729655/a-crispr-cas9-guidance-rna-screen-platform-for-hiv-provirus-disruption-and-hiv-aids-gene-therapy-in-astrocytes
#8
Zaohua Huang, Madahavan Nair
HIV/AIDS remains a major health threat despite significant advances in the prevention and treatment of HIV infection. The major reason is the inability of existing treatments to eradicate the multiple HIV reservoirs in the human body, including astrocytes in the human brain. CRISPR/Cas9 system is an emerging gene-editing technique with the potential to eliminate or disrupt HIV provirus in HIV reservoir cells, which may lead to a complete cure of HIV/AIDS. The key components of CRISPR/Cas9 are guide RNAs (gRNAs) which determine specific sequence targeting of DNAs...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729550/anti-tumor-activity-and-immunotherapeutic-potential-of-a-bisphosphonate-prodrug
#9
Yoshimasa Tanaka, Masashi Iwasaki, Kaoru Murata-Hirai, Kenji Matsumoto, Kosuke Hayashi, Haruki Okamura, Tomoharu Sugie, Nagahiro Minato, Craig T Morita, Masakazu Toi
Bisphosphonates have benefits in breast cancer and multiple myeloma patients and have been used with adoptive immunotherapy with γδ T cells expressing Vγ2 Vδ2 TCRs. Although treatment with γδ T cells is safe, it has shown limited efficacy. Present bisphosphonates stimulate γδ T cells but were designed to inhibit bone resorption rather than treating cancer and have limited oral absorption, tumor cell entry, and cause bone side effects. The development of phosphate and phosphonate nucleotide prodrugs has led to important drugs for hepatitis C and HIV...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729520/challenges-and-emerging-opportunities-for-the-hiv-prevention-treatment-and-care-cascade-in-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-asia-pacific
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REVIEW
Frits van Griensven, Thomas E Guadamuz, Jan Willem de Lind van Wijngaarden, Nittaya Phanuphak, Sunil Suhas Solomon, Ying-Ru Lo
In Asia Pacific, most countries have expanded HIV treatment guidelines to include all those with HIV infection and adopted antiretroviral treatment for prevention (TFP) as a blanket strategy for HIV control. Although the overall epidemic development associated with this focus is positive, the HIV epidemic in men who have sex with men (MSM) is continuing unperturbed without any signs of decline or reversal. This raises doubt about whether TFP as a blanket HIV prevention policy is the right approach. This paper reviews currently available biomedical HIV prevention strategies, national HIV prevention policies and guidelines from selected countries and published data on the HIV cascade in MSM...
August 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729158/fixed-dose-combination-dolutegravir-abacavir-and-lamivudine-versus-ritonavir-boosted-atazanavir-plus-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-and-emtricitabine-in-previously-untreated-women-with-hiv-1-infection-aria-week-48-results-from-a-randomised-open-label-non-inferiority
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Catherine Orrell, Debbie P Hagins, Elena Belonosova, Norma Porteiro, Sharon Walmsley, Vicenç Falcó, Choy Y Man, Alicia Aylott, Ann M Buchanan, Brian Wynne, Cindy Vavro, Michael Aboud, Kimberly Y Smith
BACKGROUND: Dolutegravir is a once-daily integrase strand transfer inhibitor with no need for pharmacokinetic boosting that is approved for the treatment of HIV-1 infection. Because women are often under-represented in HIV clinical trials, we addressed the safety and efficacy of dolutegravir in women with HIV-1. METHODS: The ARIA study is a randomised, open-label, multicentre, active-controlled, parallel-group, non-inferiority phase 3b study done in 86 hospital and university infectious disease clinics, local health clinics, and private infectious disease clinics in 12 countries and one US territory, in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia...
July 17, 2017: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728927/hcv-infected-and-hiv-hcv-co-infected-individuals-treated-with-direct-acting-antivirals-to-what-extent-do-they-differ
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Giuseppe Bruno, Annalisa Saracino, Luigia Scudeller, Claudia Fabrizio, Raffaele Dell'Acqua, Eugenio Milano, Michele Milella, Nicoletta Ladisa, Laura Monno, Gioacchino Angarano
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: DAA-based anti-HCV treatment has been associated with high rates of sustained virological response (SVR) and good tolerability in clinical randomized trials. To assess safety and effectiveness of DAAs in both HCV mono-infected and HIV/HCV co-infected patients. METHODS: All consecutive HCV-infected patients, including HIV/HCV co-infected, receiving DAA-based treatment from February 2015 until September 2016 in our Clinic, were included. Clinical, virological and biochemical data were retrieved...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728450/chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-in-a-patient-with-well-controlled-hiv-infection-successful-treatment-with-ibrutinib
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James T England, Heather A Leitch
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July 21, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728201/-fever-and-headache-after-a-vacation-in-thailand
#14
Benedikt Schwermer, Daniel Eschle, Constantine Bloch-Infanger
History 50 year-old man with fever and headache starting one week after returning from his vacation in Thailand. His general practitioner prescribed amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, without further analyses to pinpoint the infection. Examinations The examination of cerebro-spinal fluid was crucial for the final diagnosis. Lumbar puncture demonstrated a predominantly mononuclear pleocytosis of 80 cells/µl (< 5) with an elevated protein of 782 mg/l (< 450); glucose and lactate were within normal limits...
July 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727795/effect-of-therapy-switch-on-time-to-second-line-antiretroviral-treatment-failure-in-hiv-infected-patients
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Amanda Häggblom, Michele Santacatterina, Ujjwal Neogi, Magnus Gisslen, Bo Hejdeman, Leo Flamholc, Anders Sönnerborg
BACKGROUND: Switch from first line antiretroviral therapy (ART) to second-line ART is common in clinical practice. However, there is limited knowledge of to which extent different reason for therapy switch are associated with differences in long-term consequences and sustainability of the second line ART. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data from 869 patients with 14601 clinical visits between 1999-2014 were derived from the national cohort database. Reason for therapy switch and viral load (VL) levels at first-line ART failure were compared with regard to outcome of second line ART...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727491/impact-of-point-of-care-xpert-mtb-rif-on-tuberculosis-treatment-initiation-a-cluster-randomised-trial
#16
Richard J Lessells, Graham S Cooke, Nuala McGrath, Mark P Nicol, Marie-Louise Newell, Peter Godfrey-Faussett
RATIONALE: Point-of-care (POC) diagnostics have potential to reduce pre-treatment loss to follow-up and delays to initiation of appropriate TB treatment. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of a POC diagnostic strategy on initiation of appropriate TB treatment. METHODS: A cluster randomised trial of adults with cough who were HIV positive and/or at high risk of drug-resistant TB. Two-week time blocks were randomised to two strategies (i) Xpert performed at district hospital laboratory (ii) POC Xpert performed at primary health care clinic...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727326/-evaluation-of-an-outpatient-multidisciplinary-neuro-hiv-clinic-by-the-patients-and-referring-doctors
#17
Kevin Vallotton, Mélanie Métral, Oury Chocron, Reto Meuli, Deolinda Alves, Renaud Du Pasquier, Matthias Cavassini
The neurocognitive complaints among HIV infected patients remain frequent, and to establish their etiology can be challenging. We created in 2011 an outpatient Neuro-HIV clinical platform that takes advantage of a multidisciplinary approach with 5 specialists (neuropsychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, infectiologist and neuroradiologist). In order to estimate its utility, we conducted two questionnaire-based interviews by phone calls with the patients and their referring physicians. Three quarters of both the patients and the physicians interviewed consider the platform useful or essential...
April 12, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726743/the-effect-of-n-terminal-cyclization-on-the-function-of-the-hiv-entry-inhibitor-5p12-rantes
#18
Anna F Nguyen, Megan S Schill, Mike Jian, Patricia J LiWang
Despite effective treatment for those living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), there are still two million new infections each year. Protein-based HIV entry inhibitors, being highly effective and specific, could be used to protect people from initial infection. One of the most promising of these for clinical use is 5P12-RANTES, a variant of the chemokine RANTES/CCL5. The N-terminal amino acid of 5P12-RANTES is glutamine (Gln; called Q0), a residue that is prone to spontaneous cyclization when at the N-terminus of a protein...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726041/alcohol-use-hiv-treatment-adherence-and-sexual-risk-among-people-with-a-history-of-injecting-drug-use-in-vietnam
#19
Li Li, Sitong Luo, Chiao-Wen Lan, Chunqing Lin, Le Anh Tuan, Nan Feng, Nguyen Anh Tuan
Alcohol use can limit the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for people living with HIV (PLH) who have a history of injecting drug use. This study described the patterns of alcohol use among PLH with a history of injecting drug use in Vietnam and examined the relationships between alcohol use, adherence to ART, and sexual risks. We utilized cross-sectional data of 109 PLH on ART collected from a randomized controlled intervention trial in Vietnam. Approximately 30 and 46% of the participants were frequent and occasional drinkers, respectively...
July 19, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725640/risk-factors-for-impaired-fasting-glucose-or-diabetes-among-hiv-infected-patients-on-art-in-the-copperbelt-province-of-zambia
#20
Perfect Shankalala, Choolwe Jacobs, Samuel Bosomprah, Michael Vinikoor, Patrick Katayamoyo, Charles Michelo
BACKGROUND: Africa has a high prevalence of both Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) but in Zambia there are few data on co-morbid NCDs like Diabetes Mellitus (DM) among HIV-infected individuals. We aimed to identify risk factors for impaired fasting glucose or diabetes among HIV-infected Zambians on long-term Combined Antiretroviral Treatment (cART). METHODS: This was a cross sectional study of adult HIV patients in five health facilities of Copperbelt Province in Zambia...
2017: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
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