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Transgender People Are at High Risk for HIV, According to Study, but too Little is Known About Prevention and Treatment for this Population The first study ever done on this population presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) in Boston T ransgender women have among the highest rates of HIV infection but little is known about HIV prevalence among trans men, said Tonia Poteat of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health during a plenary lecture on transgender health and HIV at the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) in Boston. According to Dr. Poteat, a growing number of studies and prevention and treatment programs are addressing transgender populations, but more research is needed. * Read more here. Dolutegravir Equal to Raltegravir, Study Says, Offering Patients a Simpler Option for HIV Viral Suppression The US HIV guidelines include within-class switches to simpler and less frequent regimens as a valid reason for changing a regimen. R esearchers presented the results of a study at CROI 2016 that found that within-class switching from raltegravir (RAL) to dolutegravir (DTG) is equally successful at maintaining stable viral suppression compared to continuing on RAL in both crude and adjusted models as well CROI 2016 Conference Highlights Infectious Disease Today New HRSA Study Shows Number of HIV Medical Providers Not Keeping Pace with Demand Mathematica conducts first Large-scale study of the HIV clinician workforce T he supply of healthcare providers for patients living with HIV is not keeping pace with the growth in demand for their services, according to the first large-scale study of America's HIV clinician workforce. Over 1 million people in the United States live with HIV or AIDS, and another 50,000 become infected each year. In the first national survey to examine the HIV clinician workforce, Mathematica Policy Research and its partner, the Lewin Group, identified the number, type, and practice patterns of healthcare providers (including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) who manage care for patients living with HIV or AIDS in the United States. * Read more here. The Long View Initiative Launches with Advocates Urging Actions to Address Barriers to Long-term Health Among People Living with HIV A coalition of US advocates explores future health trends and announces calls to action for HIV education, prevention, and care in new evidence-based report. I n the report, the Coalition recommends several key actions necessary to help improve the outlook for the long-term health of people living with HIV. Members of the Coalition include the American Academy of HIV Medicine, Gay Men's Health Crisis, HealthyWomen, National Council on Aging, and National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. * Read more here. October 2016 Peer-reviewed, evidence-based information and relevant news for physicians Infectious Disease Today Continued on right column of next page

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