Losing Sleep on Dolutegravir? You’re Not the Only One

Recent studies are showing that dolutegravir, an antiretroviral marketed under the name Tivicay or Triumeq (when combined with abacavir/lamivudine), may cause neuropsychiatric side effects at higher rates than clinical trials indicated. These symptoms are causing many people to cease taking Tivicay and search for more side-effect-neutral treatment medications.

Dolutegravir Facts

Dolutegravir (DTG) is an integrase strand transfer inhibitor. It works by blocking the HIV virus from inserting or integrating DNA into the DNA of the host cell. Without integration, the virus cannot replicate, helping the body to maintain a low viral load.

DTG’s approval was fast-tracked by the US Food and Drug Administration, arriving on the market by August 2013. Soon after, DTG was approved by Health Canada (November 2013) and the Continue reading

LGBTQ+ October Events

October is full of events for the LGBTQ+ community in the greater Albuquerque area, and much of the fun extends into the winter holiday season.

This month, Albuquerque will host:

 

Noche Extravaganza (National Latino AIDS Awareness Day)
October 6
National Hispanic Cultural Center

Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
October 13-22
Guild Theater
3405 Central Avenue
Albuquerque, NM Continue reading

End Hep C SF Has Release Estimates—What It Means for New Mexico

The first estimates of active Hepatitis C viral (HCV) infections have been released as part of the End Hep C SF consortium in San Francisco. The estimates, which comprise the first ever estimate of its kind, indicate higher than average HCV in the city overall and identify some expected, some unexpected high-risk populations. Continue reading

Be an Influencer: Use Your Social Media to Fight HIV/AIDS

Since the launch of MySpace nearly 15 years ago, social media has become part of our daily lives. It’s how many of us communicate with our friends and family, whether they’re in our local communities or live hundreds or thousands of miles away. With multiple platforms, including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat and more, evolving functionalities enabling live video sharing, social media has shown itself as a force to effect personal and political change.

Stories and case studies about social media’s influence also show that Continue reading

Increasing Awareness of HIV & Aging

red ribbonDespite the fear that HIV/Stage 3 (AIDS) inspires among most people, the disease has historically been a “sexy” disease—a disease that afflicts the young because of their sexual naiveté and virility. But statistics paint a different picture, one of an aging population in need of better education and comprehensive health care.

Did You Know…?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans aged 50 and older: Continue reading

May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day!

World Hepatitis DayIt’s estimated that as much as 25% of people infected with HIV are also infected with Hepatitis C. If you are at risk for either disease, it’s important to be tested for both so that appropriate treatment can be given as necessary – which is why May has been declared Hepatitis Awareness Month. Millions of Americans have chronic viral hepatitis (Hepatitis C) without knowing it; find out your status this Hepatitis Testing Day, May 19. Continue reading

National Women & Girls HIV Awareness Day

suport groupOn March 10th, National Women & Girls HIV Awareness Day is observed. While statistics still put men as the most likely group to be affected by HIV, one in four HIV positive people are women. Even those who are considered to be at low risk for infection can still become HIV positive if they aren’t given information to keep themselves safe. This is why Continue reading

Transgender People and Medical Care

Seeking medical care is already something that people put off out of fear. How much harder is it for a transgender person to explain to a medical professional about their physical body when society is conditioned to expect gender binary expression? It’s extremely difficult, and many transgender individuals go without basic medical care due to Continue reading