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Debra Gordon

Debra Gordon

Debra Gordon is a freelance medical writer based in Williamsburg VA. Recipient of an MS degree in biomedical writing, she has covered health and medicine for more than 20 years. Her articles have appeared in Prevention (for which she is editor-at-large for healthcare reform), Reader's Digest, Family Circle, Cancer Today, and other publications.

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There are many reasons why people infected with HIV are more likely to be smokers, and the condition makes it a challenge to quit. But many do want to stop smoking, and a new program shows how to tailor the effort for them.

HIV-positive patients have about double the usual risk of kidney disease. Here, detailed guidance on how to monitor for and manage it in this population.

CDC has finalized its guidelines on use of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV, which have been well-received and may ease some concerns. But the new public health strategy still faces hurdles.

Timothy Henrich MD

(Podcast) Two years ago, two HIV-positive patients lost all signs of the virus, as far as doctors at Harvard Medical School could tell. Suddenly, months later, the virus returned in force. What happened, and what does it mean?

Despite a revolution in treatment options for hepatitis C, many physicians are taking a wait-and-see approach, hoping even newer medications may have a lower price tag.

Many primary care doctors do not test every adult for HIV (as guidelines mandate), perhaps uncertain what to do or say afterwards. Here, from three experts, simple words of advice.

Having insurance encourages people to use health care services. Thus the inception of "Obamacare" is likely to have a dramatic impact HIV/AIDS in the US, increasing quick diagnosis and early treatment, and perhaps even heralding the first HIV-free generation.

John A. Romley PhD

(AUDIO) How many lives have been saved due to early treatment of HIV infection, and what is the impact on society? An economist who has helped to answer these questions also ponders the deeper implications of the new information about progress against HIV.

The bulk of the discussion about HIV focuses on men, yet women are less likely to be tested or receive adequate care. Why is this so, and what can be done?

HIV-positive status no longer equates with emaciation. In fact, if anything, patients are more likely to be over- than under-weight, and this can affect the success of their treatments. Here, some guidance for clinicians on how to address the issue.


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