Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

 

nam/aidsmap, published: 14 March 2017

People with HIV often show persistent signs of cognitive impairment and abnormalities in brain structure despite suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART), but they do not appear to experience accelerated decline compared to HIV-negative people as they age, according to research presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last month in Seattle.

HIV/Syphilis Co-infection Forum – free event

Are you a doctor? Nurse? Medical student? Health practitioner? Community worker? Or just interested in Sexual health?

Come to SAMESH’s HIV/Syphilis Co-infection Forum!

Speakers:

  • Dr Russell Waddell
  • Dr Carole Khaw
  • Dr James Ward
  • Dr Nicola Chynoweth

Free event: networking, drinks and nibbles

On Thursday 6 October from 3.00 – 5.00 pm

At SHine SA, 57 Hyde Street, Adelaide

Presented by SAMESH

R S V P  by 30th September

Register at http://www.samesh.org.au/ forum

Or call (08) 7099 5300

Download flyer here: SAMESH-coinfection-forum-flyer-copy

On World Hepatitis Day it’s time to talk about HIV and hepatitis C

National Association of people with HIV Australia, July 28 2016

On World Hepatitis Day, the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), the Kirby Institute and Hepatitis Australia are raising awareness about HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection.

An estimated 3,000 Australians are living both with HIV and HCV. HCV is more prevalent among people with HIV than in the broader population and is a major risk for health complications in people with HIV. HIV worsens hepatitis C-related liver disease, fastens the progression to cirrhosis, and leads to higher rates of death from both liver failure and liver cancer.

  • Read more by downloading document (MS Word) here: WHDMRFINAL
  • Access NAPHWA’s website here
  • Access Hepatitis SA’s website here

High incidence of HCV re-infection among HIV-positive MSM in Western Europe

nam/aidsmap, 19 April 2016

There is a very high incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) re-infection among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) in western Europe, according to research presented to the International Liver Congress in Barcelona.

Investigators found that a quarter of HIV-positive MSM who cleared an initial HCV infection were re-infected with HCV within three years. The researchers believe that current prevention strategies are failing and call for the intensive monitoring of people who have apparently cleared an HCV infection.

Read more here

HIV-related factors increase risk of stroke

nam/aidsmap, produced in collaboration with hivandhepatitis.com, 15 March 2016

HIV-related risk factors seem to increase the risk of stroke – the sudden death of brain cells due to a rupture or obstruction of blood vessels in the brain – according to ongoing research in a growing number of large epidemiological cohort studies.

In addition to traditional cardiovascular risk factors for stroke, HIV-related factors such as viral load and CD4 cell count were significantly associated with the risk of stroke in one study.

Read more here