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Update on Gardasil Vaccination
Most strains of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that cause cancer and warts can be prevented by receiving Gardasil, a simple three-step vaccination. Previously, Gardasil was approved for individuals up to the age of 26. However, the FDA recently approved the vaccination for those up to 45 years of age. Currently, we are aware of the following… Read more about Update on Gardasil Vaccination
What is Hepatitis A? Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can cause mild to severe illness. Symptoms can range from nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, loss of appetite, headache, and jaundice. With jaundice, you may see yellowing of the whites of the eyes and dark urine. Current Outbreak Since June 1, 2018… Read more about Hepatitis A Outbreak: What You Need to Know
The Thought that Vaping is Safer than Smoking is Now Up in Smoke
At least 215 cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping have been reported. This has resulted in the both the FDA and CDC issuing releases warning consumers to “consider refraining” from vaping. The long term side effects are largely still unknown, but mounting evidence suggests vapers should be concerned. According to the reports, many… Read more about The Thought that Vaping is Safer than Smoking is Now Up in Smoke
Who is transmitting HIV? It is estimated that roughly 90 percent of new HIV infections stem from transmissions from individuals who are infected by HIV but undiagnosed and from those individuals diagnosed with HIV who are not in medical care. There are approximately 1.1 million people in the United States living with HIV, ~18 percent are… Read more about Is HIV testing up to par?
With the advancement in efficacy and tolerability of HIV treatments, individuals with HIV are living longer and longer. However, despite HIV viral load suppression (undetectable), those with HIV have a higher risk of heart disease. According to a recent statement from the American Heart Association (AHA), “Rates of myocardial infarction, heart failure, stroke, and other… Read more about Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in HIV
Update: FDA approved Descovy for PrEP on October 3, 2019. You may have heard there’s now another medication on the market that can be used for HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). This medication is called Descovy and is actually an updated formulation of the medication currently used for PrEP, Truvada. In early October 2019, the FDA… Read more about PrEP 2.0: How Will It Change Things?
Maybe you’ve heard, maybe you haven’t, but injectable HIV drugs are the next big thing in HIV treatment. VIIV pharmaceuticals has been working on a combination injectable containing an integrase inhibitor (Cabotegravir) and Rilpivirine (a Non-nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor). The injection would be given once monthly, and, so far, in phase III trials, showed a… Read more about An Injectable HIV Med?
Is Anonymous STI Notification Sending the Wrong Message?
I recently had a patient come into the office for STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing because he had received an anonymous text message alerting him that he may have been exposed to an STI. The text was sent anonymously by one of his sexual partners through an STI notification service. While I was aware of… Read more about Is Anonymous STI Notification Sending the Wrong Message?
I often tell patients that diabetes will change your life. In fact, it must: you will have to change the way you eat, what you eat, how you eat, etc. Developing diabetes is a complex disease affected by a mix of lifestyle and genetic predisposition. As we know, diet and exercise play a big role… Read more about Can Weight Loss “Cure” Diabetes?
Getting tested for HIV can be an anxiety-provoking experience for many gay men. Decades of stigma paired with misinformation and antiquated knowledge of how HIV is treated can lead to fear, uncertainty, and grief for those who hear the words, “You are HIV positive.” It can also be overwhelming, so let’s start with some basics. Did… Read more about Diagnosed with HIV, Now What?
Does HPV lead to increased risk of Cardiovascular Disease?
February is American Heart Month so it is only appropriate to highlight cardiovascular health in one way or another. At some point or another, you’ve heard about Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and all that it can cause: cervical cancer, anorectal cancer, oral cancer, and the list goes on. As if that wasn’t enough to worry… Read more about Does HPV lead to increased risk of Cardiovascular Disease?