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HIV Clinic-Based Audio Project Emphasizes the Power of Patient Voices

The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital VOICES project is the focus of the “A Piece of My Mind” column in the July 22 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The project uses contemporary technology to tap an ancient and powerful clinical tool—the patient’s own story—as a way to empower and inspire patients, teach empathy and improve health care.

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In a @JAMA_current Editorial, @msaagmd Talks About Treatment Costs for #HepC/HIV Coinfected Patients #AIDS2014

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (Chemiluminescent Immunoassay)

Chemclin’s HIV kits are available for in-vitro qualitative determination of Antibody to Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 and Type 2 (Anti-HIV 1+2) and P24 antigen of HIV in human serum or plasma by a sandwich chemiluminescent assay method.

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Circumcision Does Not Promote Risky Behavior by African Men

Men do not engage in riskier behaviors after they are circumcised, according to a study in Kenya by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers.

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Study Examines Incentives to Increase Medical Male Circumcision to Help Reduce Risk of HIV

Among uncircumcised men in Kenya, compensation in the form of food vouchers worth approximately U.S. $9 or $15, compared with lesser or no compensation, resulted in a modest increase in the prevalence of circumcision after 2 months, according to a study published by JAMA.

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Study Examines Rate of HIV Diagnosis in U.S.

The annual HIV diagnosis rate in the U.S. decreased more than 30 percent from 2002-2011, with declines observed in several key populations, although increases were found among certain age groups of men who have sex with men, especially young men, according to a study in the July 23/30 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS.

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Offering Option of Initial HIV Care at Home Increases Use of Antiretroviral Therapy

Among adults in the African country of Malawi offered HIV self-testing, optional home initiation of care compared with standard HIV care resulted in a significant increase in the proportion of adults initiating antiretroviral therapy, according to a study in the July 23/30 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS.

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Combination Treatment for Hep C Associated With Favorable Response Among HIV Patients

HIV-infected patients also infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) who received a combination of the medications sofosbuvir plus ribavirin had high rates of sustained HCV virologic response 12 weeks after cessation of therapy, according to a study in the July 23/30 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS.

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Study Examines Effect on Pregnancy of Receiving Antiretroviral Therapy for Prevention of HIV

Among heterosexual African couples in which the male was HIV positive and the female was not, receipt of antiretroviral pre-exposure preventive (PrEP) therapy did not result in significant differences in pregnancy incidence, birth outcomes, and infant growth compared to females who received placebo, according to a study in the July 23/30 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on HIV/AIDS.

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