Jennifer Barrett


Can Drinking Coffee Boost Survival Rates Among HIV/HCV Co-Infected Patients?

The results of a 5-year study show that coffee drinking can cut down the risk of all-cause mortality in patients with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections.

Contagion&r Editorial Staff


Border Patrol Stance on Flu Vaccines Mobilizes ID Community

Three children in US Customs and Border Protection custody have died since December 2018, partially due to influenza. Now, the infectious disease community is rallying for vaccination for migrants in detention facilities.

M. Hong Nguyen, MD


Bringing Culture-Independent Diagnostic Tests for Bloodstream Infections Into Rational Patient Management

These tests have the potential to transform patient care and antimicrobial stewardship, but they have not gained widespread acceptance, partly because of uncertainty over how to use them clinically.

Lauren Santye


Influenza Triggers Immune Responses Resulting in Relapse in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

A recent study investigates what causes relapse in those with multiple sclerosis and sought to glean insight into the brain activity of patients with MS during respiratory infections.

Krista Rossi


Controversies in C Difficile Prevention

Nicola Petrosillo, MD, discusses current controversies in C difficile prevention and treatment.

Alison Rodriguez


The Search for HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder Biomarkers

A recent commentary discusses the need to uncover diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND).

Allison Inserro


What is on the Horizon for HIV Prevention?

A new review in The Lancet HIV discusses the next generation of HIV prevention, called PrEP 2.0.



A Look Into the Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative of South Carolina

Providers in other states can learn from this multiorganization collaborative that aims to improve antimicrobial utilization and prevent the emergence of antimicrobial resistance across South Carolina.

Sara Karlovitch


Maintaining Patient Safety During a Water Intrusion in the OR

Health workers had to act quickly when 30,000 gallons of water spilled into the operating room of a level 1 trauma center in Texas.

David E. Koren, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, AAHIVP, FIDSA


An Update on Lenacapavir

This new antiretroviral with a unique mechanism of action may be lifesaving for those with treatment-resistant HIV infection.

Kayla Matthews


Researchers Find Drug Combo Works Against Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria

Recent research has found that a surprising drug combo might be the key to fighting multidrug-resistant bacteria.

Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH


Risk for Cancer-Causing Infections Highest in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Despite the progress that has been made, more research is needed on cancer prevention, hepatitis B, and human papillomavirus vaccines.

Contagion Editorial Staff


RSV Roundtable: Disease Education, Vaccine Hesitancy, and Awareness

In the second installment of the RSV Roundtable, our panel explains how they are educating patients and parents when it comes to RSV, vaccines and preventive measures, and limited treatment availability.

Robert C. Bransfield, MD, DLFAPA


Can Infectious Disease Physicians Help Prevent Violence?

About 1.6 million individuals die from violence each year on a global scale—do infectious disease physicians have a role in preventing it?

David S. Fedson


A "Bottom Up" Treatment for Ebola That Could Have Been Used in West Africa

As sporadic cases of Ebola continue to arise in West Africa, a controversial approach could be utilized to increase survival rates in those who are infected.

Stephanie E. Giancola, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP*


Treating Outpatient Cystitis in the Era of Antimicrobial Resistance

What can clinicians do now that increasing resistance has limited oral treatment options for outpatient cystitis?

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Nicolette Theriault, MPH


Examining Real-World Evidence for Oritavancin Use in Gram-Positive Infections

The challenges of making formulary and clinical decisions based on regulatory studies are significant and the need for real-world clinical experience is increasingly important.



Treating Hepatitis C Virus and HIV Coinfections in Intravenous Drug Users

Unique considerations are called for when caring for intravenous drug users with newly diagnosed HIV/HCV coinfections.

Betty Vu, PharmD


The Time for Antifungal Stewardship Programs Is Now

The growing threat of resistance and substantial costs for treating these infections accentuates the need for programs focused on appropriate treatment.



Changes in Recommendations for Diagnosis, Disease Severity, and Treatment of C difficile Infection in the 2017 Update to the IDSA/SHEA Clinical Practice Guidelines

The updated guidelines recommend targeting those with active infection and avoiding treatment of “carriers” of C difficile who are colonized but not symptomatic.



An Unexpected Meningitis Culprit

A team of physicians yields surprising findings in an elderly patient in shock with seizures.

Joni Meehan, BS


The Importance of Maintaining Antibiotic Breakpoints

Laboratories that use revised carbapenem breakpoints detect significantly more carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae than laboratories that use historical ones.

Jackie Syrop


Benefits of Azithromycin Outweigh Risks in Elderly Hospitalized with Pneumonia

Among patients aged 65 years or older who are hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia, azithromycin lowers the risk of 90-day mortality in exchange for slightly increased odds of myocardial infarction compared to other antibiotic regimens.



Five Ways ID Clinicians Can Take On Antibiotic Resistance: Highlights From the CDC's Latest Report

A death from an antibiotic-resistant infection occurs about every 15 minutes in the United States. The CDC’s 2019 threat report dives into national infection estimates and actions we can take to combat this threat.

George Citroner


About Half of Millennials Are Not Getting Tested For HIV

A recent CDC report finds those between 15 and 44 years of age are significantly more likely to have never been tested for HIV.

Ron Chappuis


Accurate Data Is Key in Raising Hand Hygiene Compliance and Improving Patient Safety

The Joint Commission considers hand hygiene the most important intervention for preventing healthcare-associated infections, which are responsible for 75,000 deaths annually.

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