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[ by | Jan 23, 2012 1:18 pm | Comments Off ]
Other Diseases, Not HIV, Increase Risk That People With HIV Will Stop Working

Results from a recent French study indicate that diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression, but not HIV, increase the risk that people with HIV will stop work prematurely.

The researchers also found that more than a third of study participants had stopped working five years after the start of the study.

Based on the results, the study authors concluded that people with HIV are still at a substantial risk of stopping employment after their diagnosis and recommended further investigation into strategies to help keep people with HIV …

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[ by | Sep 19, 2011 10:40 am | Comments Off ]

Short-Course Incivek-Containing Therapy Is Effective For Most People With Untreated Hepatitis C – Results of a Phase 3 clinical trial show that for people with previously untreated hepatitis C who respond well to treatment with Incivek (telaprevir), Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a), and ribavirin (Copegus, Rebetol), a 24-week course of treatment is as effective as a 48-week course. Among the study participants who had undetectable hepatitis C virus levels after 4 and 12 weeks of treatment, 92 percent who received 20 weeks of treatment with the three-drug combination followed by 4 more weeks of Pegasys and ribavirin treatment (24 weeks total) were cured of hepatitis C, compared to 88 percent of participants who received 20 weeks of the three-drug combination followed by 28 weeks of the two-drug combination (48 weeks total). For more information, please see the article in U.S. News & World Report or the study in the New England Journal of Medicine (abstract).

Office Of National AIDS Policy To Hold Discussions On National HIV/AIDS Strategy – The Office of National AIDS Policy is planning to hold several discussions with members of the HIV community, including researchers, clinicians, and people with HIV, on implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The first talk will be at the University of Alabama in Birmingham on September 27 and is entitled “Incorporation of Prevention and Care Research Into HIV Programs.” Additional talks will be held October 4 in Seattle; October 20 in Philadelphia; late October in Baton Rouge, LA (date to be decided); and early November in Des Moines, IA (date to be decided). Additional dates and locations will be announced later. For more information, please see the AIDS.gov website.

Atlanta Police Department Sued For Discriminating Against HIV-Positive Man – An HIV-positive man who was denied a job as a police officer in Atlanta after a pre-employment medical exam revealed his HIV status has sued the city of Atlanta for discrimination. The man claims that the city violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal and state laws; HIV is considered a protected illness under the ADA. Atlanta claims that the man was rejected for reasons other than his HIV status, but that they were also justified in not hiring him because his status represents a “direct threat” to the health and safety of others. For more information, please see the article in The GA Voice.

AIDS Institute Releases New Guidelines On HIV Testing And Treatment During Pregnancy – New York’s AIDS Institute has released two new guides, “HIV Testing During Pregnancy and at Delivery” and “Acute HIV Infection in Pregnancy.” The guides are the first two sections of a new set of guidelines on managing HIV infection in pregnant women. The remaining sections will be posted as they are completed. The guidelines are being formulated in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University Division of Infectious Diseases. For more information, please see the HIV Testing During Pregnancy and at Delivery and Acute HIV Infection in Pregnancy guidelines.

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[ by | Mar 24, 2011 1:13 pm | Comments Off ]
United States Justice Department Warns Against Illegal Exclusion Of People With HIV And AIDS From Job Training And State Licensing

The United States Justice Department has sent letters to attorneys general in all 50 states plus U.S. territories warning that certain trade schools and state licensing agencies, such as those for cosmetology and massage therapy, may be illegally excluding people with HIV and AIDS.

The letters asked state attorneys general to review their jurisdictions’ requirements regarding admission to trade schools and licensing agencies, to identify any illegal exclusion and discrimination against people with HIV and AIDS, and to take the necessary steps to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.…

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[ by | Sep 24, 2010 3:25 pm | Comments Off ]
Institute Of Medicine Recommends Updating Guidelines For Granting HIV/AIDS-Related Disability Benefits

According to a new report issued by the Institute of Medicine, the guidelines used by the Social Security Administration to determine whether someone with HIV qualifies for disability benefits should be updated to reflect advances in treatment.

The report recommends new criteria for determining whether an HIV-positive individual qualifies for disability benefits. The new guidelines also suggest reevaluation of disability status for most people with HIV every three years.

If adopted by the Social Security Administration (SSA), the guidelines would apply only to new applications; they would not be applied …

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[ by and | Aug 17, 2010 4:16 pm | One Comment ]
HIV Infection Does Not Negatively Impact Life Satisfaction And Work Lives Of People With HIV (AIDS 2010)

Several studies presented at the 2010 International AIDS Conference found that being HIV positive does not affect measures of overall life satisfaction or the ability to have a normal working life.

Prior research has suggested that stigma and health problems related to being HIV-positive can have a significant impact on various aspects of an individual’s lifestyle, including quality of life and employment.

However, newer treatment regimens, such as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), offer people with HIV a more normal lifestyle and health status. As a result, researchers have been …

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