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Dennis Sifris, MD and James Myhre

Updated Articles and Resources

By Dennis Sifris, MD and James Myhre

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Why Can't Our 'CD8 T-cells' Naturally Control HIV Infection? Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      In most types of viral infection, "memory" CD8 T-cells can mount an faster, even stronger immune defense. This generally does not happen with HIV.
    • Why the HIV Baby "Cure" Never Really Was Created: Monday, July 14, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      On July 10, 2014, the child known as the "Mississippi baby," proclaimed "cured" of HIV in 2013, was reported to have a return of detectable virus.
    • Updated Treatment of Hepatitis C in People with HIV Created: Monday, January 27, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting the liver and is one of the leading causes of hospitalization and death among people with HIV.
    • Remembering Joep Lange (1954-2014) Created: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 20, 2014
      Joep Lange, renowned HIV researcher, was among the passengers killed on Malaysian Airways Flight 17 when the aircraft was shot down on July 17, 2014.
    • What the HIV Baby "Cures" Tell Us (and Don't Tell Us) Created: Sunday, May 11, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Two cases involving HIV-positive newborns echo earlier claims that a Mississippi baby born to an HIV-positive mother was "functionally cured" of HIV.
    • HIV/AIDS Profiles: The People Who "Cheated" HIV Created: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Scientists have long observed people with HIV who do not progress to AIDS and were able to maintain stable CD4 counts and undetectable viral loads, often for decades.
    • How Close Are We to a Functional Cure for HIV? Created: Tuesday, July 02, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      The functional cure is an evidence-based hypothesis by which HIV may be kept in check to undetectable levels without the use of chronic medications.
    • Anabolic Steroids and HIV Risk Created: Monday, July 07, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      The use of image and performance-enhancing drugs like anabolic steroids carries a one-in-ten risk of HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection.
    • PEPFAR (U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) Created: Monday, August 05, 2013 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was founded by President George W. Bush in 2003 to fight the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.
    • Are Women Who Have Sex With Women (WSW) Safe from HIV? Created: Monday, July 07, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Women who have sex with women (WSW) are often considered the group with the lowest risk of HIV infection, although some rare cases do exist.
    • A Few Facts About the New Alere Rapid HIV Test Created: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Alere Determine HIV-1/2 AG Combo™ test on August 8, we were among those pleased to hear the news.
    • Your Essential Guide to HIV Testing and Diagnosis Created: Monday, February 24, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      There are a number of tests used in the detection, treatment and management of HIV, ranging from rapid in-home saliva tests to genetic assays used to tailor therapy.
    • Robert Gallo - At the Center of the History of HIV Created: Sunday, October 12, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      In the history of HIV one scientist stands out. Eminent HIV scientist Robert Gallo is considered by many to be the one who discovered HIV. In the history of HIV there are others but Gallo stands out.
    • Before You Have Unprotected Sex Created: Sunday, October 15, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Before you have unprotected sex you should look at these facts. Unsafe sex carries a multitude of risks. These are just a few.
    • HIV/AIDS and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Created: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      The Millennium Development Goals, established by the United Nations in 2000, include a call to "halt and reverse" the global spread of HIV/AIDS.
    • What Are My HIV Testing Options? Created: Tuesday, May 07, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      The CDC recommends a new strategy for HIV testing using 4th generation combination assays able to detect both HIV antibodies and antigens.
    • Updated CDC Guidelines: Faster Detection of HIV Using Combination Tests Created: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      On June 27, 2014, the CDC recommended the use of 4th generation combination tests able to detect HIV up to four weeks earlier than antibody tests.
    • HIV Around the World - South Africa Created: Thursday, March 01, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      HIV around the world takes you to South Africa. AIDS in Africa is raging out of control. Some call it the new apartheid." itemprop="description">>
    • HIV & Weight Loss Created: Sunday, December 07, 2003 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Weight loss is a common problem in HIV and AIDS. Here are some quick tips on how to handle weight loss and AIDS Wasting.
    • Tuberculosis Guide - A Guide to TB and the TB Test Created: Sunday, October 24, 2004 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Tuberculosis or TB as it is often referred to is a serious illness that is killing people around the world. TB is diagnosed with a simple TB test. This guide to tuberculosis will detail the TB prob...
    • Senior Citizens and HIV Over 50 Created: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Our senior citizens have to deal with declining health everyday. But one disease few senior citizens worry about is HIV. In fact HIV and senior citizens are seldom talked about in the same breath. ...
    • Lactic Acidosis Created: Saturday, November 22, 2003 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Lactic Acidosis is a concerning and potentially fatal illness. What is HIV Lactic Acidosis and what can be done about it?" itemprop="description">>
    • Nausea and Vomiting Created: Sunday, December 07, 2003 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Nausea not only makes you feel uncomfortable and sick, it can be dangerous when associated with vomiting. What can you do to relieve your nausea and vomiting?
    • Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Created: Saturday, April 05, 2003 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a serious viral infection of the brain that strikes people with HIV and AIDS." itemprop="description"><...
    • Syphilis Signs and Symptoms Created: Friday, December 03, 2010 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Syphilis is at epidemic proportions in many areas; transmitted from person to person sexually. Are HIV and Syphilis related or connected? What are syphilis signs and symptoms?"
    • "How Can You Catch AIDS and HIV?" Created: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      How can you catch HIV? How does HIV infection occur? How did I get HIV?" itemprop="description"> Saturday, October 30, 2004 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      HIV resistance or drug resistance occurs in people taking HIV medications. Simply put, the virus changes or mutates and the results is that the medications no longer work. Drug resistance testing l...
    • Viral Opportunistic Infections Created: Tuesday, December 09, 2003 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Viral infections are common in people living with HIV. Opportunistic infections can be caused by many organisms, including a virus. Here is information on viral opportunistic infections."
    • Integrase Inhibitors Created: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      There is another new HIV drug class on the horizon; the intergrase inhibitor. These drugs interfere with the role the enzyme integrase plays in HIV replication." itemprop="r="$zTP='t3'" --> itempro...
    • HIV Prevention Facts Created: Saturday, February 18, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      HIV prevention is the key to slowing the HIV epidemic. These HIV prevention facts give you important information about methods of HIV prevention. Here are some quick HIV prevention facts that will ...
    • Suboxone and Opiate Drug Detox Created: Sunday, October 21, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      There is hope for people with opiate dependence and addiction. Suboxone is a drug that has been approved to be used as part of an opiate detox and recovery program. Here is a Subxone fact sheet.
    • Vaginal vs. C-section Delivery...Which is Right for You? Created: Saturday, August 13, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      At one time, C-section delivery was a pregnant woman's only option. Not anymore. Vaginal vs. C-section...how to know which is right for you?" itemprop="description"