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Depression Associated With Higher HIV Incidence for South African Girls
A study found that depressive symptoms are associated with higher incidence of HIV transmission for adolescent girls and young women in South Africa, with familial and social factors mediating this association.
TAF vs. TDF: Measuring Lipid Levels in HIV Treatment
TAF causes cholesterol levels to rise, but that includes levels of “good cholesterol” HDL. Researchers concluded that there is no significant difference in cardiovascular risk profiles between people taking TAF and those taking TDF. 
HSV-2 Prevention Measures Could Be Important Tool in Ending HIV Epidemic
Existing evidence has suggested a strong biological link between HIV and herpes simplex virus 2 infection.
Are Patients Responsible for Initiating Conversations About PrEP?
After analyzing electronic medical records from 161 patients across 90 VHA sites, investigators determined that patients initiated 94% of conversations about PrEP.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Testing Remains Suboptimal Among MSM with HIV
A study on chlamydia and gonorrhea shows testing rates have steadily gone up, but only half of MSM had been tested during 2016-2017 with less than one-third of tests being 3-site.
Emphasizing Inclusion of Black Women in Efforts to End the HIV Epidemic
Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, RN, emphasizes including of black women in efforts to end the HIV epidemic and discusses an app she is developing to help women access information about sexual health.
Developing Trauma-Informed-Care for People Living With HIV
A poster presented at ANAC2019 detailed a trauma-informed care education program for nurses providing inpatient care to people living with HIV which received a positive reception from nursing professionals.
Improving Care for Criminalized Populations at Risk for HIV in Botswana
Several key populations with heightened risk for HIV face criminalization in Botswana. The Botswana Family Welfare Association targeted efforts to improve care for these key populations.
Is there a cure? How long until we find it? And will it work for the majority of people living with HIV?