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News and Updates in HIV/AIDS

HIV Medication Updates from CROI 2018

Source: AETC National Coordinating Resource Center
Published April 12, 2018

Six new HIV Meds Updates have been added online to the AETC National Coordinating Resource Center’s (AETC NCRC) ShareSpot. Summaries include key findings and treatment updates from CROI 2018:

HIV Meds Updates are written by Susa Coffey, MD, medical editor of the AETC NCRC, and are posted as new treatment information becomes available.

Click here for other treatment updates, as well as more HIV/AIDS news.

Test and Treat: A New Model for Better Patient Outcomes

Source: AAHIVM’s HIV Specialist Magazine
Published April 2018

Congratulations to Brooke Stevens, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP, from IU Health LifeCare, along with Blake Max, PharmD, AAHIVP, from the University of Illinois in Chicago, on their recent article titled “Test and Treat: A New Model for Better Patient Outcomes” that was published in the April 2018 edition of AAHIVM’s HIV Specialist Magazine:

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Local HIV Studies Actively Enrolling Research Participants

Source: Samir Gupta, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine
Published April 19, 2018

The Indiana Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is working to increase collaborative research throughout the state of Indiana in all aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention and care. CFAR is currently conducting research in a variety of areas, including finding an HIV cure, improving quality of life for patients living with HIV, preventing new HIV infections, providing HIV care in resource-limited settings, and testing new HIV treatments.

To conduct successful research, CFAR needs community engagement from both people living with and without HIV. Currently, CFAR is seeking individuals to participate in their open studies. Community members interested in participating in open studies can click the link below or visit the IU School of Medicine’s Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program website by clicking here.

Click Here to Access the Current List of Studies 

 

For more information about CFAR and upcoming studies, visit the CFAR website by clicking here, or contact Samir Gupta, MD, at sgupta1@iu.edu or (317) 274-7926.

2018-2019 Clinician Scholars Program Applications Now Open

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH
JULY 15, 2018

Click Here to Access Application Materials
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The MATEC Clinician Scholars Program is designed for front-line clinicians who are interested in expanding their capacity to provide HIV/AIDS care, and increase the number of clinicians that provide care to underserved or disproportionately affected populations.

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Disparities in HIV Viral Suppression in Central Indiana

Source: Tammie L. Nelson, MPH, CPH, Epidemiology Manager at the Marion County Public Health Department
Published March 9, 2018

The Marion County Public Health Department’s Ryan White HIV Services Program (RWSP) manages Part A, Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI), and Part C funding to address the needs of people living with HIV (PLWH) in central Indiana, including those out of care or historically underserved or uninsured. The program helps out-of-care clients gain access to points of entry; provides a comprehensive HIV continuum of care; and complies with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).[1]

Viral load suppression is the ultimate measure of health for individuals living with HIV. Comparing HIV care outcomes over time or between groups of PLWH requires evaluation of community viral load (CVL) – an average of all viral load results taken from among PLWH in defined populations. Evaluating CVL is important to identify differences in HIV health outcomes among various populations. CVL analysis assists in identifying disparities in HIV care outcomes. The RWSP has undertaken a clinical quality management project to monitor differences in viral load among PLWH in Central Indiana. This project includes viral load analyses of PLWH in the Ryan White Part A transitional grant area (TGA). TGA counties include: Boone, Brown, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, Putnam, and Shelby.

In 2017, 6,050 PLWH resided in the TGA, and health outcomes among these individuals have been improving. The percentage of the TGA’s HIV-positive residents who had suppressed viral loads increased from 50% to 64% during the period 2013-2017. These improved health outcomes were not equitable, however, and it is the goal of this article to identify disparities among PLWH in Central Indiana, arming both medical and supportive care providers with this knowledge so that resources can be focused to serve those who need help the most.

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CDC Reports 3 Year Delay in HIV Diagnosis

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Published November 28, 2017

On November 28, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated information on HIV testing and diagnosis in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) entitled “Vital Signs: Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing and Diagnosis Delays – United States”.

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New Network Viral Load Study Looks at More Precise Measure of HIV Infection Risk

Source: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Published November 2, 2017

A new article in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome entitled “Network Viral Load: A Critical Metric for HIV Elimination” was released in November looking at a more precise measure of HIV infection risk among high-risk individuals in Chicago, IL.

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Two Indiana Advocates Recognized in the POZ 100: Celebrating Women

Source: POZ
Published November 13, 2017

The eighth annual POZ 100 list is dedicated this year to celebrating women. In the United States, women represent about a quarter of people living with HIV. The theme of this year’s POZ 100 arose from the need to better spotlight the contribution of women in the fight against the virus. This year, two Indiana advocates were recognized for their work in the HIV field:

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Registration is NOW OPEN for the Indiana STD Intensive Course on February 8th

MATEC Indiana is collaborating with the New York City STD/HIV Prevention and Training Center (NYCPTC) to offer a one-day STD Intensive Course on Thursday, February 8, 2018.  The course is open to clinical providers who provide STD care in Indiana.  Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Nurses are welcome to attend.  Course topics include prevention, diagnosis and management of STDs.  The course will be held at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis.

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