Archives for March, 2013

So I freaked out a couple weeks ago when the statistic came out that “28% of South African school girls are infected with HIV”: South Africa: ‘Over 25% of schoolgirls HIV positive’ 28 Percent Of South African Schoolgirls Have HIV Because Of ‘Sugar Daddies,’ Health Minister Says The good news is, this statistic is WRONG:…

*throwsapaperdown* Reasons for Not Vaccinating Adolescents: National Immunization Survey of Teens, 2008-2010 Our findings across 3 years show that, even as clinicians are increasingly recommending HPV, increasing numbers of parents, >40% in 2010, do not intend to vaccinate their adolescent female children with this vaccine. Parents intending to refuse are increasingly concerned about vaccine safety…

Using a genetically modified HIV-1 to genetically modify leukemia patients T-cells to teach them how to kill the cancer? YAWN! Thats childs play, at this point. Lets give those GMO viruses a real challenge. Lets get them to fight a real bastard form of leukemia– B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-ALL) in adults. In kids, B-ALL…

The News in HIV the past few weeks has been the same message: Get people tested. Get people antiretrovirals. It saves lives. YAY!!! KINDA! FOR NOW! Test and Treat in Los Angeles: A mathematical model of the effects of test-and-treat for the MSM population in LA County. This group of folks looked at a very…

HIV-1 and Antiretrovirals: The drugs work

In A Perfect World, everyone who was infected with HIV-1 would be tested and treated. 1– People with access to antiretrovirals live longer. Increases in Adult Life Expectancy in Rural South Africa: Valuing the Scale-Up of HIV Treatment I really like the introductory paragraph to this paper: For most of the 20th century, life expectancy…

HIV– Its a terrible game of chance. Odds of HIV transmission are, superficially, rather low (its no measles). And, we can make the risk of transmission even lower various pro-active ways– antiretroviral use to keep viral loads down in HIV+ people (especially in pregnant women about to give birth), screening donated blood and organs, condom…

The Thinking Atheist and ERV!

A few weeks ago, The Thinking Atheist was in town– He gave us a sweet preview of the new video hes planning on officially unveiling at the American Atheists convention and  signing copies of his new book “Deconverted“. Beforehand, he set up some camera equipment and did quick impromptu interviews with fellow OK Skeptics Caleb…

Skeptics of Oz 2013

Hey! Skeptics within driving radius of Wichita! This weekend is Skeptics of Oz 2013! Here is their Facebook page! Here is their schedule of speakers! And here is a list of speakers with brief bios written up by Skeptics of Oz speaker and fellow Oklahomian Caleb Lack!

I really hate blogging on non-published information, but for the second time in as many weeks, we have had interesting information come out of CROI.  This bit of news isnt as exciting. It pretty much confirms my annoyed Debbie Downer stance on using antiretrovirals in non-infected individuals as a means to prevent HIV infection (thats…

The sequester and HIV/AIDS

This year, we have had some educational moments in HIV/AIDS treatment. 1. A paper Ive been meaning to blog about demonstrated that the sooner an HIV+ individual starts antiretroviral therapy, the better. Ideally, <4 months after infection: Enhanced CD4+ T-Cell Recovery with Earlier HIV-1 Antiretroviral Therapy 2. A baby might have successfully cleared HIV-1 infection…