Archive for November, 2012


November 28th, 2012

A Complicated Curbside Consult I Won’t be Doing — But One Day Might Have To

From a local primary care provider comes this email: Any chance you can look at my notes and scanned outside records from 6/22/2010 till today (including Nov 6 notation that details extensive past evaluation, including two previous ID consults) and labs? Briefly: 72 yr old woman with 6 episodes over the last 4 years of prolonged […]

November 22nd, 2012

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends HIV Screening — And Why is This News?

A flurry of coverage recently appeared about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendation for one-time HIV screening for all Americans, ages 15-64. Some might wonder why this is news — um, hasn’t this been recommended now for years? — and I think I’ve figured it out. Let me start by relaying that every ID/HIV specialists can tell […]

November 18th, 2012

The 800-mg Darunavir Tablet Arrives, and Scoring the Top Protease Inhibitors

The FDA has approved an 800-mg tablet of darunavir for treatment naive patients. This single tablet will obviously replace the two darunavir 400-mg tablets in first-line therapy. (Yes, my math is that good.) Darunavir will still require 100-mg ritonavir boosting plus two NRTIs to make a complete regimen. Once upon a time I might have thought this was […]

November 8th, 2012

Steroids for Bell’s Palsy and the ID Doctor

OK, let’s imagine you’ve just gotten a call/email/text from one of your colleagues about Bell’s palsy; he/she is a busy PCP who periodically asks you very reasonable ID questions. I suspect it went something like this: COLLEAGUE:  Hi Friendly ID Doctor, quick question — I have a patient with Bell’s palsy — wondering whether to give him […]

November 7th, 2012

Vitamins and the Department of Bad Timing

Now that the election is over, we can get back to something that really matters — namely vitamins, and specifically whether they really help people. Last month there was a large, well-done study from Tanzania showing that mega-doses of vitamins not only didn’t help those HIV starting ART, but they actually were harmful — LFTs went […]

November 2nd, 2012

Antiretroviral Rounds: Resistance on Two Fronts

Got this challenging curbside consult from a colleague, and it has a interesting wrinkle: I have a longstanding patient with HIV who had many failed regimens in the 1990’s with resultant following mutations on a genotype done in 2003: NRTI (M184V, Q151M mutations);  PI (A71, I54V, K20M, L10I, L90M, V82A mutations); no NNRTI resistance. She has been undetectable since then on TDF/FTC/EFV; […]

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