Category: HIV

With HIV Treated as Chronic Disease, Adherence Challenges Develop

By Annette M. Boyle Amy Justice, MD, Ph.D NEW HAVEN, CT — With human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) now being treated more like diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases, HIV patients face some of the same issues as other veterans dealing… Read More

HIV Patients Appear to Age More Rapidly; Researchers Want to Know Why That Is

By Annette M. Boyle WEST HAVEN, CT – The median age of the 24,000 veterans with HIV receiving care at the VA today is 53 — and many look and feel far older. The loss of muscle mass in the… Read More

VA Seeks to Increase Low Hepatitis C Treatment Rate for HIV Positive Patients

By Annette M. Boyle LOS ANGELES – Nearly 40% of veterans receiving antiretroviral therapy for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection also have hepatitis C virus (HCV), yet many of them never are treated for the underlying condition. Patients often are… Read More

VA Attacks HIV Transmission with Aggressive Treatment – Prophylaxis

By Annette M. Boyle WASHINGTON–In 2009, only 9.2% of veterans in care had ever been tested for HIV. As of March 2012, 1.2 million veterans — 20% of the VA population — knew their serostatus. “Now, we identify 2,000 new… Read More

Veterans in Cities More Likely to Use New HIV Drugs

Veterans in Cities More Likely to Use New HIV Drugs Urban veterans with HIV may be more likely than their rural counterparts to be early adopters of new HIV therapies, a recent study suggests.1 For the study, researchers in Iowa… Read More

Army-led Research on HIV Vaccine Could Lead to Success in a Decade

Research into development of a vaccine for the HIV virus has moved so quickly in the last two years, military researchers predict that a vaccine could be available within the next decade. Not too long ago,  researchers were not… Read More

Major Policy Changes Allow VA to Dramatically Increase HIV Screenings

VA already is the nation’s largest provider of HIV care in the nation, treating more than 24,000 veterans who have tested positive for the virus, and that number is certain to increase with a program to dramatically increase screening of… Read More