NN: Medical news (updated recommendations)

Here are a few stories relating to new statements from various medical groups.

Risk of HIV Transmission From Heterosexual Intercourse Could Be Underestimated, Study Finds, Kaiser Network (Aug. 6)
“According to the study, a ‘yardstick’ widely used by epidemiologists to determine HIV risk could have helped “fuel misperceptions” that HIV risk is lower for heterosexuals, AFP/iAfrica.com reports. The yardstick suggests that transmission of HIV occurs on average once per 1,000 acts of heterosexual intercourse by couples where only one individual is HIV-positive. However, the study said that the measurement is based on ‘stable couples’ with few risk factors and that in other scenarios, risk factors can increase the chance of transmission by between several times and several hundred times, AFP/iAfrica.com reports.”

Earlier Treatment of HIV Could Help HIV-Positive People Avoid Long-Term Complications, Recommendations Say, Kaiser Network, (Aug. 6)
” A panel of the International AIDS Society-USA in the Aug. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association issued new recommendations for when doctors should begin antiretroviral treatment for patients with HIV, AFP/Google.com reports.”  [This report primarily relates to HIV/AIDS care in developed/well-funded areas.]

Routine HIV Screening Recommended For All Women, Regardless Of Individual Risk Factors, Medical News Today (Aug. 4)
” ‘Women represent the fastest growing population of persons infected with HIV in this country, and heterosexual transmission has become a much bigger factor,’ according to Denise J. Jamieson, MD, MPH, chair of ACOG’s [American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists] Committee on Gynecologic Practice. ‘There are two basic messages for patients: Every woman should know her HIV status, and it’s a simple test.’ ”

ACOG Calls Attention To Higher Risk Of HIV/AIDS Among Minority Women, Medical News Today (Aug. 4)
“Calling attention to the disproportionate effect that HIV/AIDS has on minority women in the US, particularly blacks and Hispanics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a new Committee Opinion, Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and Women of Color. While all women should be screened for HIV, physicians and their patients must be aware that women of color are disproportionately affected by the disease.”


~ by h.e.g. on August 7, 2008.

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