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Hormonal contraceptives, genital tract infections influence cervical immunology

September 4, 2015

Interactions between hormonal contraceptives and various genital tract infections may alter cervical immunity and increase the risk for HIV seroconversion among women, according to recently published data.

“Before this study, there were all these controversial reports, some showing that [depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA)] increases the risk of HIV infection and others showing it doesn’t, and there was no biologic explanation for the differences between studies,” researcher Raina N. Fichorova, PhD, MD, of Harvard Medical School, said in a press release. “This new study offers an explanation for the inconsistent studies, and it lies in the microbial communities of the reproductive tract.”

New ACA rule aims to protect patients from sex, disability discrimination

September 4, 2015
The HHS has announced a proposed rule to modify discrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which would help provide equal access to health care and coverage…
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Researchers find SVR from Incivek-based regimens improved liver fibrosis scores

September 4, 2015
In a retrospective analysis, researchers found that patients with hepatitis C virus infection who achieved sustained virologic response after treatment with an…
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Lack of awareness of HIV status prevents care for MSM, PWID in India

September 4, 2015
Among men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs in India, a lack of awareness regarding HIV-positive status is a major obstacle to facilitating care…
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WNV most common cause of reported neuroinvasive arboviral diseases in 2014

September 3, 2015
Cases of West Nile virus were responsible for 95% of all U.S. arboviral disease reports during 2014, with neuroinvasive cases of the infection comprising more than half…
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The Patient with Hepatitis C

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This CME activity will focus on the diagnosis and management of patients with hepatitis C.
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VIDEO: Cure is ‘next frontier’ of HIV

VIDEO: Cure is ‘next frontier’ of HIV

July 1, 2015
Timothy Brown – the Berlin patient – has led researchers to the next frontier of HIV research, according to…
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The Patient at Risk for HIV Infection

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This CME activity will focus on the utilization of PrEP in patients at risk for developing HIV infection supplemented…
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