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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209553/intraspecific-genetic-variability-in-a-population-of-moroccan-leishmania-infantum-revealed-by-pcr-rflp-of-kdna-minicircles
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Adil El Hamouchi, Rajaa Ejghal, Moustapha Hida, Meryem Lemrani
In Morocco, Leishmania infantum is the main etiologic agent of human and canine visceral leishmaniasis (VL). This species has been proven to be an opportunistic agent in HIV+ patients and is also responsible of sporadic cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL).This work aims to evaluate the genetic variability of Moroccan L. infantum strains based on PCR-RFLP analysis of the kinetoplastid DNA (kDNA) minicircles. A total of 75 DNA samples extracted from positive Giemsa-stained smears (n=32) and from L. infantum cultures (n=43) was studied...
February 13, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178208/effector-mechanisms-of-neutrophils-within-the-innate-immune-system-in-response-to-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection
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Eric Warren, Garrett Teskey, Vishwanath Venketaraman
Neutrophils have a significant yet controversial role in the innate immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) infection, which is not yet fully understood. In addition to neutrophils' well-known effector mechanisms, they may also help control infection of M. tb through the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), which are thought to further promote the killing of M. tb by resident alveolar macrophages. Cytokines such as IFN-γ have now been shown to serve an immunomodulatory role in neutrophil functioning in conjunction to its pro-inflammatory function...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143541/immunological-outcomes-of-tenofovir-versus-zidovudine-based-regimens-among-people-living-with-hiv-aids-a-two-years-retrospective-cohort-study
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Teshale Ayele, Habtemu Jarso, Girma Mamo
BACKGROUND: Tenofovir (TDF) based regimen was reported to have better immunological outcomes. Unfortunately, there is limited information regarding the immunologic outcome associated with this regimen in Ethiopia, as its routine utilization in this setting begun since 2013. METHODS: A 2 years retrospective cohort study was conducted at Jimma University Specialized Hospital, 346 km Southwest of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A total of 280 patients' data from September 2012 to July 2014 was extracted from records from February 10, 2015 to March 10, 2015...
February 1, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119046/concurrent-plasmodium-infection-anemia-and-their-correlates-among-newly-diagnosed-people-living-with-hiv-aids-in-northern-ethiopia
#4
Habtamu Bedimo Beyene, Mulualem Tadesse, Haimanot Disassa, Melkamu B Beyene
The magnitude of concurrent malaria infection and the impact it has on hematological abnormalities, such as anemia in people living with HIV/AIDS, is not well studied in Ethiopian set up. In this cross sectional study, therefore, we assessed the prevalence of concurrent malaria infection and anemia among highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) naive people living with HIV/AIDS between October, 2012 to May, 2013 in Northern Ethiopia. After obtaining consent, socio demographic, clinical, immunological and behavioural data was obtained...
January 21, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108879/patterns-of-social-affiliations-and-healthcare-engagement-among-young-black-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Rachel L Behler, Benjamin T Cornwell, John A Schneider
Little work has examined how individuals' social affiliations-the venues in which they meet friends and engage in informal social interaction-influence their engagement with public health services. We investigate how links to these local places shape access to information and exposure to health-seeking behavior. Using longitudinal data from a respondent-driven sample of 618 young black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) in Chicago, we identify different sets of social venues that connect YBMSM. We then examine how YBMSM's connections within this network influence their receipt of HIV prevention and treatment services and knowledge of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)...
January 21, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061839/risk-factors-for-mortality-in-tb-patients-a-10-year-electronic-record-review-in-a-south-african-province
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J Christo Heunis, N Gladys Kigozi, Perpetual Chikobvu, Sonja Botha, Hcj Dingie van Rensburg
BACKGROUND: Since 1990, reduction of tuberculosis (TB) mortality has been lower in South Africa than in other high-burden countries in Africa. This research investigated the influence of routinely captured demographic and clinical or programme variables on death in TB patients in the Free State Province. METHODS: A retrospective review of case information captured in the Electronic TB register (ETR.net) over the years 2003 to 2012 was conducted. Extracted data were subjected to descriptive and logistic regression analyses...
January 6, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053097/subcellular-localization-of-hiv-1-gag-pol-mrnas-regulates-sites-of-virion-assembly
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Jordan T Becker, Nathan M Sherer
: HIV-1 full-length, unspliced RNAs serve dual roles in the cytoplasm as mRNAs encoding the Gag and Gag-Pol capsid proteins as well as genomic RNAs (gRNAs) packaged by Gag into virions undergoing assembly at the plasma membrane (PM). Because Gag is sufficient to drive assembly of virus-like particles even in the absence of gRNA binding, whether viral RNA trafficking plays an active role in the native assembly pathway is unknown. In this study we tested the effects of modulating the cytoplasmic abundance or distribution of full-length viral RNAs on Gag trafficking and assembly in the context of single cells...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034359/hiv-1-drug-susceptibility-to-potential-second-and-third-line-antiretroviral-regimens-among-cameroonian-patients-evidence-from-a-cross-sectional-design
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Aubin J Nanfack, Desire Takou, Joseph Fokam, Romina Salpini, Maria M Santoro, Giulia Cappelli, Martin Baane, Suzie M Tetang, Josef Eberle, Lutz Gürtler, Francesca Ceccherini-Silberstein, Judith N Torimiro, Vittorio Colizzi, Carlo-Federico Perno, Alexis Ndjolo
BACKGROUND: Scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and the growing number of long-term treated patients may favor multi-HIV drug resistance (HIVDR) in resource-limited settings. Understanding the burden of HIVDR with ART-exposure may provide new insights for an effective long-term management of infected patients. METHODS: Sixty-six HIV-infected individuals (18 ART-naïve, 24 failing first-line, 24 failing second-line ART) living in Yaoundé-Cameroon were evaluated by sequencing protease-reverse transcriptase (PR-RT, n=62), envelope-V3 loop (V3, n=58) and integrase (IN, n=30) regions...
December 29, 2016: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973923/prevention-and-control-of-malaria-in-pregnancy-new-threats-new-opportunities
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Stephen J Rogerson, Holger W Unger
Over 100 million women and their babies are at risk of malaria in pregnancy each year. Malaria prevention in pregnancy relies on long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), and, in Africa, intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp). Increasing resistance of malaria parasites to sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, the only drug endorsed for IPTp, and increasing mosquito resistance to pyrethroids used in LLINs, threaten the efficacy of these proven strategies, while operational challenges restrict their implementation in areas of great need...
December 23, 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958243/prevalence-and-predictors-of-placental-malaria-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-positive-women-in-nigeria
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E O Izuka, E O Ugwu, S N Obi, B C Ozumba, T U Nwagha, C E Obiora-Izuka
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected pregnant women have alterations in cellular and humoral immunity that increase the risks to placental malaria infection. AIM: This study aimed at determining the prevalence and predictors of placental malaria among HIV-positive women in Nigeria. MATERIALS AND METHODS: It was a longitudinal cohort study of pregnant women receiving antenatal care at a tertiary hospital in Nigeria. Peripheral blood sample for packed cell volume estimation and placental blood sample for malaria parasite estimation were collected from each participant at a presentation in labor and upon delivery, respectively...
January 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920564/prioritizing-health-system-and-disease-burden-factors-an-evaluation-of-the-net-benefit-of-transferring-health-technology-interventions-to-different-districts-in-zimbabwe
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Shepherd Shamu, Simbarashe Rusakaniko, Charles Hongoro
INTRODUCTION: Health-care technologies (HCTs) play an important role in any country's health-care system. Zimbabwe's health-care system uses a lot of HCTs developed in other countries. However, a number of local factors have affected the absorption and use of these technologies. We therefore set out to test the hypothesis that the net benefit regression framework (NBRF) could be a helpful benefit testing model that enables assessment of intra-national variables in HCT transfer. METHOD: We used an NBRF model to assess the benefits of transferring cost-effective technologies to different jurisdictions...
2016: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894985/factors-influencing-treatment-default-among-tuberculosis-patients-in-a-high-burden-province-of-south-africa
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G Kigozi, C Heunis, P Chikobvu, S Botha, D van Rensburg
OBJECTIVE: To determine and describe the factors influencing treatment default of tuberculosis (TB) patients in the Free State Province of South Africa. METHODS: A retrospective records review of pulmonary TB cases captured in the ETR.Net electronic TB register between 2003 and 2012 was performed. Subjects were >15 years of age and had a recorded pre-treatment smear result. The demographic and clinical characteristics of defaulters were described. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to determine factors associated with treatment default...
January 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884965/-can-you-recommend-any-good-sti-apps-a-review-of-content-accuracy-and-comprehensiveness-of-current-mobile-medical-applications-for-stis-and-related-genital-infections
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Jo Gibbs, Voula Gkatzidou, Laura Tickle, Sarah R Manning, Tilna Tilakkumar, Kate Hone, Richard E Ashcroft, Pam Sonnenberg, S Tariq Sadiq, Claudia S Estcourt
OBJECTIVE: Seeking sexual health information online is common, and provision of mobile medical applications (apps) for STIs is increasing. Young people, inherently at higher risk of STIs, are avid users of technology, and apps could be appealing sources of information. We undertook a comprehensive review of content and accuracy of apps for people seeking information about STIs. METHODS: Search of Google Play and iTunes stores using general and specific search terms for apps regarding STIs and genital infections (except HIV), testing, diagnosis and management, 10 September 2014 to 16 September 2014...
November 24, 2016: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831945/the-lorenz-curve-a-novel-method-for-understanding-viral-load-distribution-at-the-population-level
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Katerina A Christopoulos, Wendy Hartogensis, David V Glidden, Christopher D Pilcher, Monica Gandhi, Elvin H Geng
Existing HIV care cascade metrics fail to capture whether viremia is equally distributed in a population or concentrated within groups. We applied the Lorenz curve, which has been used to describe disparities in the distribution of income and other resources, to the distribution of viremia in a safety-net HIV clinic in 2012. Among 1855 established clinic patients, 1% of the population held 50% of the virus and 10% of the population held 94% of virus.
January 14, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804313/antiretroviral-treatment-for-hiv-infection-swedish-recommendations-2016
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Jaran Eriksen, Jan Albert, Anders Blaxhult, Christina Carlander, Leo Flamholc, Magnus Gisslén, Filip Josephson, Olof Karlström, Lars Navér, Veronica Svedhem, Aylin Yilmaz, Anders Sönnerborg
The Swedish Medical Products Agency and the Swedish Reference Group for Antiviral Therapy (RAV) have jointly published recommendations for the treatment of HIV infection on seven previous occasions (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014). In February 2016, an expert group under the guidance of RAV once more revised the guidelines. The most important updates in the present guidelines are as follows: Tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) has recently been registered. TAF has several advantages over tenofovir disoproxilfumarate (TDF) and is recommended instead of TDF in most cases...
January 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787348/budgetary-impact-of-compliance-with-sti-screening-guidelines-in-persons-living-with-hiv
#16
Ellen F Eaton, Kathryn Hudak, Christina A Muzny
INTRODUCTION: The 2015 Centers for Disease Control Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines recommend annual screening of all people living with HIV (PLWH) for Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis, and syphilis; annual Trichomonas vaginalis screening is recommended for HIV-infected women. The study objective was to evaluate the budgetary impact of sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening. We hypothesized that recommended STI screening is costly and would not be covered in full by insurers...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777303/hiv-1-reverse-transcriptase-polymerase-and-rnase-h-ribonuclease-h-active-sites-work-simultaneously-and-independently
#17
An Li, Jiawen Li, Kenneth A Johnson
HIV reverse transcriptase plays a central role in viral replication and requires coordination of both polymerase and RNase H activities. Although this coordination is crucial in viral replication, whether a DNA/RNA hybrid can simultaneously engage both active sites has yet to be determined as structural and kinetic analyses have provided contradictory results. Single nucleotide incorporation and RNase H cleavage were examined using presteady-state kinetics with global data analysis. The results revealed three interconverting reverse transcriptase-DNA/RNA species; 43% were active for both sites simultaneously, 27% showed only polymerase activity, and the remaining 30% were nonproductive...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716813/human-resources-for-treating-hiv-aids-are-the-preventive-effects-of-antiretroviral-treatment-a-game-changer
#18
Till Bärnighausen, David E Bloom, Salal Humair
Shortages of human resources for treating HIV/AIDS (HRHA) are a fundamental barrier to reaching universal antiretroviral treatment (ART) coverage in developing countries. Previous studies suggest that recruiting HRHA to attain universal ART coverage poses an insurmountable challenge as ART significantly increases survival among HIV-infected individuals. While new evidence about ART's prevention benefits suggests fewer infections may mitigate the challenge, new policies such as treatment-as-prevention (TasP) will exacerbate it...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27687153/food-insecurity-among-students-living-with-hiv-strengthening-safety-nets-at-the-nelson-mandela-metropolitan-university-south-africa
#19
L Steenkamp, A Goosen, D Venter, M Beeforth
The HIV prevalence in South Africa among students at higher education institutions (HEIs) in 2008 was reported to be 3.4%, with the highest HIV prevalence found in the Eastern Cape Province. Students at these facilities are also increasingly affected by socio-economic constraints that may impact on food security. Little is known about the impact of food insecurity on HIV-infected students in HEIs in South Africa. The purpose of this paper is to describe food insecurity and the nutritional status among HIV-infected students on the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University campuses in South Africa, as well as current initiatives to strengthen the safety nets for food-insecure students...
December 2016: SAHARA J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27647779/evaluation-of-impact-of-social-support-and-care-on-hiv-positive-and-aids-individuals-quality-of-life-a-nonrandomised-community-trial
#20
Xing-Ming Li, Xiao-Qing Yuan, Jun-Jie Wang, Wan-Ying Zhang, Yang Zhou, Gu-Ning Liu
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Our study was conducted to further investigate the model of social support and care for People Living with HIV/AIDS(PLHA), to explore their role in People Living with AIDS's quality of life (QOL) as reference for improving nursing policies for AIDS. BACKGROUND: Social support and care are the most important factors impacting the QOL of People Living with HIV/AIDS, but most studies conducted upon the influence of social support and QOL of People Living with HIV/AIDS are mainly based on cross-sectional design...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
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