A once daily MVC plus DRV/r regimen had an effective role in antiretroviral drug-pretreated individuals with controlled HIV infection in this trial. In an aging HIV-infected population, with increasing comorbidities, this combination could be a safer option than standard triple therapy. More here.
It now seems probable that most people with HCV infection can be cured—even if they are co-infected with HIV. But the "cost" of cure is expensive. This author concludes that many new regimens are cost effective and should not be withheld or made difficult to obtain by insurance companies and other payors.
Mental illness is a risk factor for HIV infection. It brings a number of behavioral correlates that put patients at risk for getting infected. As HIV infection worsens, it begins to affect the brain, and cyclical relationship between the disease and mental illness begins.
What are some of the more common side effects of antiretroviral therapy, and what can the primary care physician do to help manage these effects? In this podcast, infectious disease expert Rodger MacArthur, MD, offers insights and points readers to updated comprehensive guidelines.