The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public that serious cases of neural tube birth defects involving the brain, spine, and spinal cord have been reported in babies born to women treated with dolutegravir used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Preliminary results from an ongoing observational study in Botswana found that women who received dolutegravir at the time of becoming pregnant or early in the first trimester appear to be at higher risk for these defects.
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:
- Bictegravir Approved for Initial ART, in Combination with TAF/FTC
- Bictegravir/TAF/FTC in Women
- Immediate ART Initiation Improves Time to Viral Suppression
- Darunavir/Cobicistat/FTC/TAF Single-Pill Combination in Treatment-Experienced Patients, EMERALD Study
- Ibalizumab Approved for Persons with Multidrug-Resistant HIV
- Naltrexone Improves Virologic Suppression
HIV Meds Updates are written by Susa Coffey, MD, medical editor of the AETC NCRC, and are posted as new treatment information becomes available.
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:
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.
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH
JULY 15, 2018
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.
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).
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.
MATEC Indiana would like to acknowledge and congratulate out current Clinician Scholar, Cindy Nichols! Cindy is a Nurse Practitioner at LifeSpring Health Systems in Southern Indiana. She recently passed the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM) certification exam.
Kudos for all your hard work and preparation, Cindy! What a great accomplishment!
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”.
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.
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: