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HIV-infected people are living for years, but age-related diseases set in early

April 16, 2018


David Hardy has been treating HIV-infected patients since the early 1980s, when the epidemic began. In those days, people newly diagnosed with AIDS lived for only about six months. Hardy, an infectious-disease specialist and internist, was ecstatic when powerful new drug combinations came into widespread use in 1996, enabling HIV-infected people to measure their lives in decades rather than months. But in recent years, his euphoria has turned bittersweet.

“Most people assume that the medicines have worked and that everything has gone back to normal, and that’s not really true,” says Hardy, who directs research for Whitman-Walker Health in Washington and who still sees patients weekly. “While we have suppressed HIV very well, we’ve now discovered that the medicines only treat part of the problem.”

Many HIV-infected people, now in their 50s and 60s, who have lived for years with HIV under control, are developing aging-related conditions — heart, liver and kidney disease, certain cancers and frailty, for example — at a rate significantly higher than uninfected people of the same age. “These are things that people develop all the time as they get old, but they are occurring at an earlier age in HIV-positive people,” Hardy says.

Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/hiv-infected-people-are-living-for-years-but-age-related-diseases-set-in-early/2018/04/13/ee26f74e-3120-11e8-8abc-22a366b72f2d_story.html

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HIV is not just transmitted by sex

January 22, 2018


Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was born and raised in South Africa, where she grew up around #HIV and experienced people dying from #AIDS. As a result, she founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (@ctaop), an organization that helps fund and support local nonprofits fighting AIDS, with a focus on youth in South Africa.

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January 22, 2018


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Pioneering AIDS Researcher Dr. Mathilde Krim, Who Battled The Virus And Stigma, Dead At Age 91

January 22, 2018


“The dawn of the AIDS crisis was a time of chaos, confusion and misinformation. But there was one woman who saw the devastation and dedicated herself to raising public awareness about its cause and treatment. Dr. Mathilde Krim, a pioneer in the battle against HIV/AIDS passed away Monday at age 91.” (via NewNowNext)

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Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was born and raised in South Africa, where she grew up around #HIV and experienced people dying from #AIDS. As a result, she founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (@ctaop), an organization that helps fund and support local nonprofits fighting AIDS, with a focus on youth in South Africa.