Infectious Diseases

Updated Labeling for Reyataz Calls for Renal Testing for All Patients

By October 20, 2017

Renal lab testing should be performed on all patients prior to initiating treatment and during treatment.

HCV Treatment With DAAs Reduces Liver Cancer Risk Significantly

By October 20, 2017

Study authors from the University of Washington, Seattle, and Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle sought to investigate whether HCV eradication with DAAs could lower the risk of liver cancer in patients.

CDC Updates Zika Guidance With 3 Clinical Scenarios

October 20, 2017

"Health care providers should remain alert for abnormal findings in infants with possible congenital Zika virus exposure without apparent abnormalities at birth," the authors write.

Aspirin May Aid in Preventing Liver Cancer in Hep B Patients

October 20, 2017

The researchers found that the cumulative incidence of HCC in the treated group was significantly lower than that in the untreated group in five years.

SMFM Issues Recommendations on Managing Hepatitis C in Pregnancy

By October 19, 2017

The recommendations will be published in the November issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Antibiotics May Reduce Infection Risk Post-Colorectal CA Surgery

October 19, 2017

The researchers found that patients who received oral antibiotics and MBP had a lower overall SSI rate than those who received MBP only (8 versus 27%; P=0.03).

Higher RSV Hospitalization Risk in Preemies After 2014 Guidance

By October 18, 2017

A decline in immunoprophylaxis was associated with an increased risk of RSV hospitalization among infants 29-34 weeks gestational age who were <6 months of age for both commercial- and Medicaid-insured.

Oral HPV Infection More Common Among U.S. Men Than Women

October 17, 2017

Overall prevalence 11.5 percent in men, 3.2 percent in women; high-risk HPV also more prevalent in men

HIV Risk Behavior Assessment

October 16, 2017

Criteria to assess HIV risk behavior in men who have sex with men (MSM), heterosexually active men and women, and injection drug users.

Two Vaccines to Prevent Ebola Virus Show Promise in Trial

October 13, 2017

ChAd3-EBO-Z, rVSVG-ZEBOV-GP vaccines elicit response that is maintained through 12 months

Leprosy Vaccine Candidate to Be Tested in Humans

By October 12, 2017

Leprosy (also known as Hansen's disease) is caused by the Mycobacterium leprae bacteria and results in disfiguration of the skin and mucous membranes as well as incurable nerve damage.

Is Post-HSIL Tx Adjuvant HPV Vaccination in HIV-Infected MSM Cost-Effective?

October 11, 2017

Adjuvant HPV vaccination could reduce anal cancer risk in HIV-infected men who have sex with men

Statin Use May Decrease Risk of Community-Acquired Staph Infection

October 11, 2017

The researchers found that compared with nonusers, current statin users experienced markedly decreased risk of CA-SAB (adjusted odds ratio [OR], 0.73; 95% confidence interval, 0.63 to 0.84).

Hepatitis C Virus Treatment Guidelines

October 10, 2017

Evidence-based treatment guidelines for HCV infection from the expert panel of the AASLD and IDSA.

Live Flu Vaccine Withdrawal Not Linked to Change in Immunization Rates

October 06, 2017

Withdrawal of live attenuated influenza vaccine recommendation not linked to change in rates

Test Helps Clinicians Select Appropriate Tx for Suspected Wound Infections

By October 05, 2017

Using a simple swab from the infection site, DxWound uses a special transport buffer that preserves the wound microbiome during transit.

Most U.S. Measles Cases Linked to Unvaccinated Patients

October 04, 2017

Failure to vaccinate, rather than vaccine performance, appears to be driving transmission

Vaccination Schedule: HIV-Infected 7-18 Years of Age

October 03, 2017

Recommended vaccination schedule for HIV-infected children 7 to 18 years old

Antibiotic Combo Tx May Up Risk of Acute Kidney Injury in Children

October 03, 2017

Risk of AKI in hospitalized children higher than with IV vancomycin, other antipseudomonal -lactam

Elevated Coffee Intake Cuts Mortality Risk in Patients Co-Infected with HIV/HCV

October 02, 2017

Those who drink at least 3 cups daily have 50 percent lower all-cause mortality

Antiretroviral Treatments

September 29, 2017

A list of treatment options for HIV infection.

Merck Discontinues Clinical Program for Two HCV Treatments

By September 29, 2017

The MK-3682B trial evaluated a triple-combination therapy.

Antiretroviral Lab Monitoring

September 28, 2017

Laboratory monitoring schedule for patients before and after initiation of antiretroviral therapy.

Does Mandating HCV Screening Among Baby Boomers Improve Outcomes?

By September 28, 2017

Nearly three-quarters of all HCV infections in the U.S. and HCV-associated deaths occur in individuals born between 1945-1965.

Antiretroviral Contraindications and Drug Interactions

September 28, 2017

A list of contraindications and drug interactions for HIV medications.

Genvoya Approved for Use in Children with HIV Weighing at Least 25kg

By September 27, 2017

Based on this new data, Genvoya is now indicated to treat adult and pediatric patients weighing ≥25kg compared to the previous ≥35kg requirement.

CDC: Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hit 'Record High' in U.S.

By September 26, 2017

The majority of syphilis infections are seen particularly in gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM), of which half are also diagnosed with HIV.

Updated Dosing, Drug Interactions Added to Epivir Labeling

By September 26, 2017

Epivir, a nucleoside analogue (reverse transcriptase inhibitor), is currently approved to treat HIV-1 infection,

Linhaliq NDA Granted Priority Review

By September 25, 2017

Linhaliq was previously granted Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) Designation and Fast Track designation for NCFBE with lung infections with P. aeruginosa.

AAP Explores Major Infectious Disease Risk Factors in Team Sports

September 25, 2017

The researchers found that skin-to-skin contact with athletes who have active skin infections, environmental exposures, and physical trauma are major risk factors for infection, as well as sharing of equipment and contact with contaminated fomites.