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Marathon training is safe for people with HIV
by Michael Carter, 2017-09-21 10:10
Marathon run training is safe for people with HIV, investigators from Germany report in BMC Infectious Diseases. Training also had a number of beneficial effects, including a significant increase in CD4 cell count and improvements in cholesterol and blood pressure, though the investigators note these were already normal at baseline. “The

Does drug injection equipment other than syringes transmit hepatitis C?
by Liz Highleyman, 2017-09-20 08:00
Sharing drug preparation paraphernalia may not significantly contribute to hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission among people who inject drugs, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. In an experiment designed to mimic real-world injection practices, the researchers were unable to detect HCV in cookers, and seldom able to do so in filters,

Smokers with HIV doing well on treatment now at greater risk of lung cancer than AIDS
by Keith Alcorn, 2017-09-19 11:00
People living with HIV on antiretroviral treatment with fully suppressed viral load who smoke are much more likely to die of lung cancer than HIV-related causes, according to the findings of a modelling study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study suggests that people on successful antiretroviral treatment are between

San Francisco annual report shows continued drop in new HIV infections
by Liz Highleyman, 2017-09-18 11:10
The San Francisco Department of Public Health has released its HIV Epidemiology Annual Report for 2016, showing that the number of new infections continues to decline, with decreases seen across demographic groups. Homeless people, however, have higher rates of infection and poorer treatment outcomes. "Highlights of this year's HIV annual report include at 16% decline in new