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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906037/integrated-therapy-for-hiv-and-cryptococcosis
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Sirawat Srichatrapimuk, Somnuek Sungkanuparph
Cryptococcosis has been one of the most common opportunistic infections and causes of mortality among HIV-infected patients, especially in resource-limited countries. Cryptococcal meningitis is the most common form of cryptococcosis. Laboratory diagnosis of cryptococcosis includes direct microscopic examination, isolation of Cryptococcus from a clinical specimen, and detection of cryptococcal antigen. Without appropriate treatment, cryptococcosis is fatal. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to treatment success...
November 29, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903357/-comparative-study-on-the-hiv-epidemic-between-the-chinese-and-burmese-drug-users-in-drug-rehabilitation-places-in-dehong-prefecture-yunnan-province
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R H Tang, Z M Zhang, Y C Yang, K D Feng, S J Yang, J N Zhang, R H Ye, M F Qiu, S Duan
Objective: To compare the prevalence of HIV infection and its risk factors among Chinese and Burmese drug users living in Dehong Prefecture, Yunnan Province. Methods: We obtained plasma specimens and gathered demographic data from 7 867 drug users with Chinese or Burmese nationality attending rehabilitation clinics in Dehong Prefecture from October 2014 to September 2015. Of these, 7 756 individuals who gave valid questionnaire responses, including 5 389 Chinese and 2 367 Burmese, were enrolled in the study after giving informed consent...
November 6, 2016: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902602/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-dried-blood-spots-for-hiv-1-viral-load-quantification-a-laboratory-assessment-of-3-commercial-assays
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Pieter Pannus, Maarten Claus, Maria Mercedes Perez Gonzalez, Nathan Ford, Katrien Fransen
The use of dried blood spots (DBS) instead of plasma as a specimen type for HIV-1 viral load (VL) testing facilitates the decentralization of specimen collection and can increase access to VL testing in resource-limited settings. The performance of DBS for VL testing is lower, however, when compared to the gold standard sample type plasma. In this diagnostic accuracy study, we evaluated 3 VL assays with DBS.Participants were recruited between August 2012 and April 2015. Both plasma and DBS specimens were prepared and tested for HIV-1 VL with the Roche CAP/CTM HIV-1 test v2...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893603/young-low-risk-heterosexual-clients-prefer-a-chlamydia-home-collection-test-to-a-sexually-transmitted-infection-clinic-visit-in-amsterdam-the-netherlands-a-cross-sectional-study
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Martijn S van Rooijen, Rik H Koekenbier, Alfons Hendriks, Henry J C de Vries, Petra van Leeuwen, Maaike G van Veen
BACKGROUND: Home-based self-collection of specimens for urogenital and anorectal chlamydia testing has been proven feasible and acceptable. We studied the efficiency of chlamydia home collection kits for young low-risk persons to optimize care at the Amsterdam sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic. METHODS: Low-risk heterosexual persons under 25 years submitting an appointment request online were offered 3 different ways of chlamydia testing: (1) receiving a home collection kit, (2) coming to the clinic without, or (3) with sexual health counseling...
November 2016: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893600/prevalence-and-correlates-of-genital-infections-among-newly-diagnosed-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-adults-entering-human-immunodeficiency-virus-care-in-windhoek-namibia
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Gaston Djomand, Madeleine Schlefer, Steve Gutreuter, Sarah Tobias, Roopal Patel, Nickolas DeLuca, Julia Hood, Souleymane Sawadogo, Cheng Chen, Alexinah Muadinohamba, David W Lowrance, Naomi Bock
BACKGROUND: Identifying and treating genital infections, including sexually transmitted infections (STI), among newly diagnosed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals may benefit both public and individual health. We assessed prevalence of genital infections and their correlates among newly diagnosed HIV-infected individuals enrolling in HIV care services in Namibia. METHODS: Newly diagnosed HIV-infected adults entering HIV care at 2 health facilities in Windhoek, Namibia, were recruited from December 2012 to March 2014...
November 2016: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890949/p16-immunostaining-as-a-predictor-of-anal-and-cervical-dysplasia-in-women-attending-a-sexually-transmitted-infection-clinic
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Deepika Pandhi, Kavita Bisherwal, Archana Singal, Kiran Guleria, Kiran Mishra
BACKGROUND: Carcinogenesis caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) leads to over-expression of p16 protein. p16 may act as a marker of HPV integration with host genome and serve as a surrogate marker of HPV oncogenesis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A single center study of 75 women (35 HIV-positive and 40 HIV-negative women) was conducted. Anal and cervical specimens were obtained for cytology and p16 immunostaining. RESULTS: The sensitivity of p16 to diagnose anal and cervical dysplasia was 50% and 58...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880749/early-diagnosis-of-hiv-infection-in-infants-one-caribbean-and-six-sub-saharan-african-countries-2011-2015
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Karidia Diallo, Andrea A Kim, Shirley Lecher, Dennis Ellenberger, R Suzanne Beard, Helen Dale, Mackenzie Hurlston, Molly Rivadeneira, Peter N Fonjungo, Laura N Broyles, Guoqing Zhang, Katrina Sleeman, Shon Nguyen, Steve Jadczak, Nadine Abiola, Raimi Ewetola, Jérémie Muwonga, Franck Fwamba, Christina Mwangi, Mary Naluguza, Charles Kiyaga, Isaac Ssewanyana, Deyde Varough, Domercant Wysler, David Lowrance, Frantz Jean Louis, Olbeg Desinor, Josiane Buteau, Francois Kesner, Vanessa Rouzier, Nat Segaren, Tessa Lewis, Abdoulaye Sarr, Geoffrey Chipungu, Sundeep Gupta, Daniel Singer, Reuben Mwenda, Hilary Kapoteza, Zawadi Chipeta, Nancy Knight, Sergio Carmona, William MacLeod, Gayle Sherman, Yogan Pillay, Clement B Ndongmo, Bridget Mugisa, Annie Mwila, James McAuley, Peter J Chipimo, Wezi Kaonga, Dailess Nsofwa, Davy Nsama, Fales Zulu Mwamba, Crispin Moyo, Clement Phiri, Marie-Yolande Borget, Leonard Ya-Kouadio, Abo Kouame, Christiane A Adje-Toure, John Nkengasong
Pediatric human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection remains an important public health issue in resource-limited settings. In 2015, 1.4 million children aged <15 years were estimated to be living with HIV (including 170,000 infants born in 2015), with the vast majority living in sub-Saharan Africa (1). In 2014, 150,000 children died from HIV-related causes worldwide (2). Access to timely HIV diagnosis and treatment for HIV-infected infants reduces HIV-associated mortality, which is approximately 50% by age 2 years without treatment (3)...
November 25, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866961/paradoxical-results-of-two-automated-real-time-pcr-assays-in-the-diagnosis-of-pleural-tuberculosis
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Soraya E Morales-López, Jayr A Yepes, Irina Anzola, Hernán Aponte, Claudia R Llerena-Polo
Tuberculosis (TB) is a major cause of worldwide mortality. We report the case of a non-HIV-infected woman with clinical suspicion of pleural tuberculosis and contradictory results between Xpert(®) MTB/RIF and Abbott RealTime MTB assays from pleural fluid specimen. Liquid and solid cultures for tuberculosis were performed with negative results. The patient received treatment, and clinical improvement was observed. Both techniques detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, but they have different targets and limits of detection...
November 17, 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847377/underestimated-amoebic-appendicitis-among-hiv-1-infected-individuals-in-japan
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Taiichiro Kobayashi, Koji Watanabe, Hideaki Yano, Yukinori Murata, Toru Igari, Kumiko Nakada-Tsukui, Kenji Yagita, Tomoyoshi Nozaki, Mitsuo Kaku, Kunihisa Tsukada, Hiroyuki Gatanaga, Yoshimi Kikuchi, Shinichi Oka
Entamoeba histolytica is not a common causative agent of acute appendicitis. However, amoebic appendicitis could sometimes be severe and life-threatening, mainly due to lack of awareness. Also, its frequency, clinical features and pathogenesis remain unclear. The study subjects were HIV-1-infected individuals who presented with acute appendicitis and later underwent appendectomy at our hospital between 1996 and 2014. Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded preserved appendix specimens were re-examined by Periodic acid-Schiff (PAS) staining and PCR to identify undiagnosed amoebic appendicitis...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842535/rapid-urine-lipoarabinomannan-assay-as-a-clinic-based-screening-test-for-active-tuberculosis-at-hiv-diagnosis
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Paul K Drain, Elena Losina, Sharon M Coleman, Janet Giddy, Douglas Ross, Jeffrey N Katz, Ingrid V Bassett
BACKGROUND: World Health Organization (WHO) recommends tuberculosis (TB) screening at HIV diagnosis. We evaluated the inclusion of rapid urine lipoarabinomannan (LAM) testing in TB screening algorithms. METHODS: We enrolled ART-naïve adults who screened HIV-infected in KwaZulu-Natal, assessed TB-related symptoms (cough, fever, night sweats, weight loss), and obtained sputum specimens for mycobacterial culture. Trained nurses performed clinic-based urine LAM testing using a rapid assay...
November 14, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835758/association-of-cytologic-grade-of-anal-pap-smears-with-viral-loads-of-human-papillomavirus-types-16-18-and-52-detected-in-the-same-specimens-from-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Utaiwan Utaipat, Sumalee Siriaunkgul, Taweewat Supindham, Pongpun Saokhieo, Butsayarat Chaidaeng, Antika Wongthanee, Jongkolnee Settakorn, Kornkanok Sukpan, Darin Ruanpeng, Natthapol Kosashunhanan, Nuntisa Chotirosniramit, Patcharaphan Sugandhavesa, Toshiyuki Miura, Suwat Chariyalertsak
BACKGROUND: Human papilloma virus (HPV) load has been linked to cellular abnormalities of the uterine cervix, and proposed as predictors of HPV persistence and progression of dysplasia to cervical cancer. However, the association of HPV viral load and anal dysplasia and cancer has not been as thoroughly investigated. OBJECTIVES: To examine the association of the viral loads of high-risk HPV types 16, 18, and 52, with the cytologic severity grading in anal-swab specimens of MSM with and without HIV-1 co-infection...
November 6, 2016: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824789/predictors-of-persistent-or-recurrent-disease-after-loop-electrosurgical-excision-procedure
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Helen E Cejtin, Lindsay Zimmerman, Melissa Mathews, Ashlesha Patel
OBJECTIVE: Follow-up recommendations after an excisional procedure vary depending on whether or not there is a positive ectocervical or endocervical margin or endocervical curettage (ECC). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the importance of these findings in predicting recurrent/persistent (r/p) disease in a sample of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-seropositive and -negative patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Loop electrosurgical excision procedures with a concurrent ECC performed at the Cook County ambulatory clinic between September 29, 2008, and April 15, 2014 were included in this study...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806411/anal-chromoendoscopy-using-gastroenterological-video-endoscopes-a-new-method-to-perform-high-resolution-anoscopy-for-diagnosing-intraepithelial-neoplasia-and-anal-carcinoma-in-hiv-infected-patients
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M Oette, U Wieland, M Schünemann, J Haes, S Reuter, B Jensen, A Sagir, H Pfister, D Häussinger
Introduction: Anal carcinoma represents an increasing problem in HIV-infected patients. Anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN), the precursor lesion, is currently diagnosed by high-resolution anoscopy (HRA) using optical magnification derived from gynecological colposcopy. This prospective study evaluates anal chromoendoscopy (ACE) using standard gastroenterological video-endoscopes in diagnosing AIN. Methods: After clinical examination, proctoscopy and surface staining with acetic acid followed by Lugol's solution, ACE was performed with a mucosectomy cap on the tip of the endoscope...
November 2, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784445/-clinical-features-of-acute-respiratory-failure-due-to-pneumocystis-pneumonia-in-non-hiv-immunocompromised-patients
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X Huang, L Weng, L Yi, M Li, Y Y Feng, Y Tian, J G Xia, Q Y Zhan, B Du
Objective: To examine the clinical features of patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF) caused by pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) admitted into two medical intensive care units (ICU) in non- human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected immunocompromised patients. Methods: A retrospective review was conducted among 92 non-HIV patients with ARF caused by PCP in medical ICU of Peking Union Medical College Hospital and China-Japan Friendship Hospital between Jan 2010 and Dec 2015. Patient characteristics, clinical presentation, laboratory and radiological findings, complications, as well as therapy and mortality were included in the analysis...
October 18, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754259/os-37-02-hypertension-in-hiv-infected-adults-in-north-central-nigeria-prevalence-associated-risk-factors-and-assessment-of-risk-using-the-framingham-risk-score
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Ganiyu Amusa, Babatunde Awokola, Godsent Isiguzo, James Onuh, Samuel Uguru, David Oke, Solomon Danbauchi, Basil Okeahialam
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence of Hypertension and associated risk factors in HIV+ adults and assessment of these risks using the Framingham risk score 'FRS'. DESIGN AND METHOD: A cross-sectional analytical study. One hundred and fifty consecutive HIV+ adults presenting at the HIV clinic of Jos University Teaching Hospital (90 on HAART) with 50 HIV- as controls were recruited. Relevant history, physical examination (including blood pressure measured according to standard guidelines), laboratory specimen (fasting plasma sugar and lipids, CD4 count and viral load) and electrocardiogram were obtained from the participants...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733636/point-of-care-cepheid-xpert-hiv-1-viral-load-test-in-rural-african-communities-is-feasible-and-reliable
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Sikhulile Moyo, Terence Mohammed, Kathleen E Wirth, Melanie Prague, Kara Bennett, Molly Pretorius Holme, Lucy Mupfumi, Philemon Sebogodi, Natasha O Moraka, Corretah Boleo, Comfort N Maphorisa, Boitumelo Seraise, Simani Gaseitsiwe, Rosemary M Musonda, Erik van Widenfelt, Kathleen M Powis, Tendani Gaolathe, Eric J Tchetgen Tchetgen, Joseph M Makhema, Max Essex, Shahin Lockman, Vladimir Novitsky
BACKGROUND: Routine monitoring of HIV-1 RNA, or viral load (VL) in patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is important, but there are multiple impediments to VL testing in resource-constrained settings. An accurate point-of-care (POC) HIV-1 VL test could alleviate many of these challenges. METHODS: We compared the performance of the Cepheid Xpert® HIV-1 VL against the laboratory-based Abbott m2000sp/m2000rt assay (Abbot assay). ART-naïve individuals participating in the Botswana Combination Prevention Project in 20 communities provided EDTA blood specimens during household surveys...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27726787/human-papillomavirus
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Eileen M Burd, Christina L Dean
Individuals with inherited immunodeficiencies, autoimmune disorders, organ or bone marrow transplantation, or infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are at increased risk of infection with both low-risk and high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) types. Chronic immunosuppression provides an environment for persistent HPV infection which carries a higher risk of malignant transformation. Screening guidelines have been developed or advocated for processes that have detectable premalignant lesions, such as anal cancer or cervical cancer...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725930/combination-of-antiretroviral-drugs-and-radioimmunotherapy-specifically-kills-infected-cells-from-hiv-infected-individuals
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Dina Tsukrov, Alicia McFarren, Alfred Morgenstern, Frank Bruchertseifer, Eugene Dolce, Miroslaw K Gorny, Susan Zolla-Pazner, Joan W Berman, Ellie Schoenbaum, Barry S Zingman, Arturo Casadevall, Ekaterina Dadachova
Eliminating virally infected cells is an essential component of any HIV eradication strategy. Radioimmunotherapy (RIT), a clinically established method for killing cells using radiolabeled antibodies, was recently applied to target HIV-1 gp41 antigen expressed on the surface of infected cells. Since gp41 expression by infected cells is likely downregulated in patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART), we evaluated the ability of RIT to kill ART-treated infected cells using both in vitro models and lymphocytes isolated from HIV-infected subjects...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721784/corneal-ring-infiltrates-caused-by-serratia-marcescens-in-a-patient-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus
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Winai Chaidaroon, Sumet Supalaset
PURPOSE: To describe corneal ring infiltrates caused by Serratia marcescens in a patient with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) who wore contact lenses. METHODS: A case study of a patient with keratitis due to an infection caused by S. marcescens and exhibiting corneal ring infiltrates was reviewed for history, clinical manifestation, microscopic study, and management. RESULTS: A 29-year-old man who had a history of contact lens wear and HIV-1 infection was admitted to hospital because of blurred vision, redness, and corneal infiltrates in the shape of a ring in the left eye...
May 2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720377/predictive-value-of-serum-bradykinin-and-desarg-9-bradykinin-levels-for-chemotherapeutic-responses-in-active-tuberculosis-patients-a-retrospective-case-series
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Xu Qian, Duc T M Nguyen, Yaojun Li, Jianxin Lyu, Edward A Graviss, Tony Y Hu
BACKGROUND: There is an urgent need for methods that can rapidly and accurately assess therapeutic responses in patients with active tuberculosis (TB) in order to predict treatment outcomes. Exposure to bacterial pathogens can rapidly activate the plasma contact system, triggering the release of bradykinin (BK) and its metabolite desArg(9)-bradykinin (DABK) to induce inflammation and innate immune responses. We hypothesized that serum BK and DABK levels might act as sensitive immune response signatures for changes in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) burden, and therefore examined how serum levels of these markers corresponded with anti-TB therapy in a small cohort of active TB cases...
September 28, 2016: Tuberculosis
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