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Primary Care For Men Who Have Sex With Men

Here: a summary of key recommendations from an important new article and some helpful comments from an AIDS specialists.





An increasing number of older AIDS patients are starting antiretroviral therapy. Maximum survival benefit is realized when ART is initiated when CD4 counts are high--regardless of the patient's age, according to a new study.


Here's a summary of key recommendations for the primary care practitioner for the care of men who have sex with men from a recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine.


The newly published START trial conclusively demonstrates advantages of initiating antiretroviral therapy as soon as an HIV-infected person enters care.

©The Len/

Clinically significant drug interactions involving antiretroviral agents have been reported in 30% to 40% of HIV-positive patients in the USA. However, this study finds that just a few therapeutic groups are responsible for most of the interactions detected.

©Tewan Banditrukkanka/

Vitamin D and calcium supplementation is a low-cost, well-tolerated intervention to prevent ART-related bone loss, according to a new study.


Here's compelling evidence that a screening program in primary care leads to an increased rate of HIV diagnosis.


Previous studies have established that early treatment of HIV dramatically reduces the odds of spreading the infection to a sexual partner. The START trial provides evidence that early therapy benefits a patient's own health.


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