Archive for April, 2012


April 30th, 2012

Do We Really Need Primary Prophylaxis for OIs Anymore?

I’m currently on the inpatient consult service and just saw a guy who fits the typical profile of many hospitalized HIV patients in 2012: Low CD4 (in this case, 120) Irregular to non-existent outpatient care before admission (lots of no-shows, cancellations, etc) Has received several prescriptions for antiretroviral therapy but for a whole variety of reasons, hasn’t […]

April 23rd, 2012

An Answer to a Commonly Asked Question: Is Treatment 100% Effective in Preventing HIV Transmission?

The excitement about “treatment as prevention”, and the results of Study 052, have led to many patients asking the question (if not in these words, than using others with a less medical slant), “So if I’m on treatment and doing well, just what is the risk of my transmitting HIV to others?” It’s not a question […]

April 18th, 2012

Been There, Done That

I’d estimate the verisimilitude of the following video at approximately 100%: (Thanks to Raphy Landovitz for the link!)

April 17th, 2012

EASL Starts Tomorrow — Get Ready for the HCV Treatment Deluge

I can’t think of a single upcoming scientific meeting in ID that’s likely to be more “game changing”  — sorry for the tired metaphor — than the 47th European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) meeting, which starts tomorrow in Barcelona. As a hint of what’s to come, earlier this month Abbott released these […]

April 14th, 2012

2004 HIV Treatment Guidelines: Available Now!

Bargain hunters will be glad to hear that over on Amazon, they can get a copy of the 2004 Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1 Infected Adults and Adolescents — all for the remarkably low price of $16.15. Notable content from that banner year included: for asymptomatic patients with CD4 > 350, the HIV […]

April 10th, 2012

A Skeptical Look at “Test and Treat”

Over in Journal Watch AIDS Clinical Care, Abbie Zuger has written a fascinating perspective on the recent enthusiasm for universal HIV treatment. Her take? Let’s just say she doesn’t share the enthusiasm of public health officials and members of guidelines committees. Well, that’s a huge understatement. Specifically: This strategy, which calls for universal voluntary HIV testing and […]

April 4th, 2012

Infectious Diseases Specialists Take the Best Medical Histories

In an era where control-c followed by control-v — that’s cut and paste, for those of you who don’t use keyboard shortcuts — is the prime method by which most clinicians write their medical notes, I’d like to come right out and brag that ID doctors take the best medical histories. You could argue (as I […]

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Paul E. Sax, MD

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