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  • Curing Hepatitis C in People Living with HIV in the United States: A Federal, State and Local Collaboration

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infection affects roughly 25% of people living with HIV (PLWH) in the United States (U.S.).[i]  To effectively combat this epidemic, ongoing provider education has been identified as a key initiative to enhance screening, diagnosis, linkage to care, and treatment of...

  • Long-Acting Injectable ART: Cabotegravir + Rilpivirine

    Susa Coffey's picture

    At CROI 2019, investigators presented 48-week results from the Phase 3 international multisite ATLAS and FLAIR studies of long-acting 2-drug injectable therapy. The study regimen consisted of the integrase inhibitor cabotegravir (CAB) plus the NNRTI rilpivirine (RPV), both given every 4 weeks as...

  • PrEP: TDF/FTC vs TAF/FTC in MSM

    Susa Coffey's picture

    TDF/FTC (Truvada) is the only ARV combination currently approved by the FDA for use as preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The multinational Phase 3 DISCOVER Study compared the efficacy and safety of TAF/FTC (Descovy) with TDF/FTC, in HIV-uninfected cisgender MSM and transgender women at high risk...

  • FDA Approves 2-Drug Combination of Dolutegravir + Lamivudine

    Susa Coffey's picture

    In April 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a combination pill comprising the integrase inhibitor dolutegravir (DTG), 50 mg, and the NRTI lamivudine (3TC), 300 mg, for use as a complete ARV regimen for initial HIV treatment of patients. The approval specifies that DTG/3TC is...

  • Immediate ART Initiation: Guide for Clinicians

    Susa Coffey's picture

    Immediate antiretroviral therapy (ART) refers to starting HIV treatment as soon as possible after the diagnosis of HIV infection, preferably on the first clinic visit (and even on the same day the HIV diagnosis is made). This strategy also is known as "rapid ART," "same-day ART," and "treatment...

  • Short Bites: The Association between Oral Hygiene and Heart Disease

    The emergence of chronic disease complications in controlled HIV disease has changed the landscape of HIV clinical care. HIV infection confers an increased cardiovascular disease risk which is thought to be due to a complex interplay of mechanistic factors. While traditional cardiovascular risk...

  • AETC IPE Programs Prepare the Next Generation of HIV Providers

    Tom Donohoe's picture

    Cross-posted from TargetHIV coverage of the 2018 National Ryan White Conference.

    Regional AETCs across the United States are working to bring new clinicians into the HIV workforce through inter-professional education (IPE) programs. IPE trains learners in teams in clinical...

  • The LATITUDE to Stay On Track: NIH to Launch Study in People Non-Adherent to Daily Treatment

    Karin L. Klingman's picture

    Taking effective HIV medications as prescribed offers many benefits for people living with HIV—life expectancy normalizes and viral loads drop below detectable levels, preventing the risk of sexual transmission in those who achieve and maintain durable viral suppression. Unfortunately, many...

  • Short Bites: The Association between Oral Disease and Type of Antiretroviral Therapy among Perinatally HIV-Infected Youth

    Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been very successful at preserving immune function and controlling opportunistic infections among individuals infected with HIV. Oral mucosal diseases associated with advanced immunosuppression, including candidiasis and hairy leukoplakia, are significantly less...

  • AETCs at the 2018 Ryan White Conference

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    The AETC Program will be well represented at the 2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment. Additionally, the AETC National Coordinating Resource Center will be exhibiting an array of AETC Program developed resources and promotional items at Booth #12 in...

  • Sexual Assault: PEP is an Urgent Health Need

    When a patient presents to your emergency department, urgent care or clinic with a chief complaint of sexual assault within the last 24 hours, the challenge is recognizing that, along with safety and criminal justice concerns, this patient has emergent health needs. One of the most urgent of...

  • Rapid ART Start

    Susa Coffey's picture

    The International AIDS Society (IAS)-USA recently released its 2018 HIV treatment and prevention recommendations. The document is particularly notable for its discussion of "When to Start ART."

    The IAS-USA recommends "rapid" or immediate start of ART upon diagnosis of HIV, stating that...

  • Doravirine--New NNRTI Approved by FDA

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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the NNRTI doravirine for use in initial HIV therapy. FDA approval was based on 48-week results of 2 Phase III studies in treatment-naive persons that showed doravirine + 2 NRTIs resulted in similar rates of viral suppression at 48 weeks as...

  • Short Bites: HIV in the Southeast United States

    Southern states today account for an estimated 44 percent of all people living with an HIV diagnosis in the U.S.,[1] despite having only about one-third (37%) of the overall U.S. population. Diagnosis rates for people in the South are higher than for Americans overall. Eight of the 10 states...

  • Updates in Antiretroviral Treatment during Pregnancy: Dolutegravir in Late Pregnancy

    Jennifer Cocohoba's picture

    Although DTG currently is not a desirable medication for women to take pre-conception (see Dolutegravir in Early Pregnancy: Updates on Possible Risk of Neural Tube Defects), findings from the DolPHIN study suggest that it may be a very useful agent for women who start ART during late pregnancy....

  • Tenofovir Alafenamide (TAF) and Darunavir/Cobicistat in Pregnant Women

    Jennifer Cocohoba's picture

    Two pharmacokinetic studies from AIDS 2018 help elucidate the disposition of tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) and cobicistat-boosted darunavir during pregnancy.

    The IMPAACT P1026s study examined plasma concentrations of TAF with and without cobicistat in 43 pregnant women. For women taking...

  • Dolutegravir in Early Pregnancy: Updates on Possible Risk of Neural Tube Defects

    Jennifer Cocohoba's picture

    Integrase inhibitors have become primary treatment for most people living with HIV; however, the impact of newer integrase inhibitors on pregnancy outcomes has not been well described. Researchers for the observational Tsepamo study have been examining birth outcomes in Botswanan women treated...

  • TargetHIV: New Name, New Look

    Nicolé H. Mandel's picture

    It's easier than ever to stay on target. The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) technical assistance (TA) and training website has undergone a major update to make it easier for users to access tools and materials for the RWHAP. The website...

  • U=U in PARTNER2 Study of MSM

    Susa Coffey's picture

    PARTNER1, whose results were reported last year,(1) was one of the studies that supported current efforts to promote the growing scientific consensus supporting "Treatment as Prevention" (TasP) or Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U).

    PARTNER1 evaluated HIV transmission risk in a European...

  • Dolutegravir + 3TC in Initial Therapy

    Susa Coffey's picture

    As we have commented in the past, initial ARV regimens consisting of 2 drugs tend to perform poorly in comparison with currently recommended 3-drug regimens. Yet, given toxicity concerns about some ARVs (particularly about tenofovir DF and abacavir) and cost concerns about 3-drug regimens, the...