Due to improperly sterilized equipment, over 4,600 veterans who had been given care at the Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia, were tested for exposure to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
According to new research that was published in AIDS and Behavior in January 2022, having an understanding of patient experiences and expectations in addition to individual life stressors in the clinical setting may improve overall outcomes. Despite considerable improvements in antiviral therapies, the investigators of the study stated that retention in HIV is still a barrier to bringing an end to the HIV epidemic.
Researchers aimed to assess the clinical outcomes of patients with and without HIV who were hospitalized with COVID-19 during the beginning stages of the pandemic.
In a 2022 study, investigators aimed to report associations between people living with HIV and the growing evidence suggesting that those with HIV have considerable morbidity from alcohol, cigarette smoking, and recreational drug use.
Although initial studies showed that there was not a greater risk in mortality in individuals with HIV infected with COVID-19, larger analyses that were adjusted for age showed otherwise.
Individuals with HIV have a considerably greater risk for certain types of cancer vs those who do not have HIV at the same age, which are known as “AIDS-defining malignancies,” that are Kaposi sarcoma, aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and cervical cancer.
Of the estimated 1.2 million individuals who have HIV in the United States, approximately 13% of them need testing, as they don’t know that they have it.
HIV targets and alters the immune system, and without treatment, the virus may advance to stage III HIV, or AIDS. Those with HIV who have access to quality healthcare are unlikely to develop advanced disease.
According to researchers of a study from the University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute, there has been a discovery of a highly virulent strain of HIV in the Netherlands.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has been constantly changing, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worked to answer questions specifically related to those who are HIV-positive.