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June 24th, 2009

An Irrational Fear of IRIS?

One of the most important recent studies in HIV has just been “published” in (on?) PLoS ONE.  It’s ACTG 5164, led by Andrew Zolopa, which compared “early” versus “deferred” antiretroviral therapy in 282 patients presenting with acute opportunistic infections. (Full disclosure: I am on the protocol study team — but am not an author on […]


June 20th, 2009

More HIV in the Adult Film Industry (Maybe)

From the New York Times last week: Health officials in Los Angeles said Friday that 22 actors in adult sex movies had contracted HIV since 2004, when a previous outbreak led to efforts to protect pornography industry employees. (snip) Occupational health officials have long argued that failing to require that performers wear condoms during intercourse […]


June 16th, 2009

Q: What is the Purpose of a Note in the Patient Chart?

A:  Depends who you’re asking. The best guidance I ever received on how to write a good note came from my residency program director, who told us that a note needn’t be encyclopedic to be excellent; in fact, he urged us to get away from the “second-year medical student” style, which typically includes absolutely everything. […]


June 13th, 2009

Occupational Exposures and HIV Testing

A couple of years ago, an ID-colleague of mine told me about a tough case:  While working in the ICU, an anesthesiologist sustained a pretty severe needle stick.  Approached for HIV testing, the source of the exposure felt threatened by the providers in the ICU, and refused to sign the consent. The patient then deteriorated […]


June 8th, 2009

H1N1: A Tale of Two Practices

As an adult ID/HIV doctor, I must say the clinical impact of H1N1 thus far has been underwhelming, notable more for the calls about prophylaxis or suspected cases than the real thing. (Last week, one patient with fever and “suspected swine” — hard for people to shake that name — turned out to have … […]


June 1st, 2009

“Long-term Nonprogressors” and “HIV Controllers”: Rare Indeed

When giving an overview of HIV pathogenesis to a group of clinicians, Bruce Walker usually asks the assembled if they have any patients in their practice who have undetectable viral loads without antiretroviral therapy. Generally about three-quarters of the audience has at least one such patient.  They are then asked to refer them to his […]


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