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Simeprevir, Sofosbuvir, and the Limitations of the COSMOS by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS These are exciting times for hepatitis C treatment, as the approval of simeprevir and sofosbuvir in late 2013 have made curing this disease a whole lot easier. Since ... Read on »
Hepatitis Day “Celebration” and a Reminder by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS July 28 is “World Hepatitis Day” (how do they choose the dates for these things?), and I wrote a bit over on the Oxford University Press site on the incredible progress we ... Read on »
Really Rapid Review — AIDS 2014, Melbourne by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS For the second time — the first time was in Sydney, 2007 — the annual “summer” international AIDS conference took place in Australia, this time in Melbourne way down in ... Read on »
Mood Solemn in Melbourne as AIDS 2014 Starts by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS There is unquestionably a shadow cast over this year’s international AIDS meeting here in Melbourne, and it’s not the result of the Australian winter. It’s the crash of Ma ... Read on »
Despite Baby’s Relapse, HIV Cure Research Marches On by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS The big news in the HIV world over the past week was of course the virologic rebound of the Mississippi Baby, who up to this point was considered possibly the second perso ... Read on »
CDC Nixes HIV Western Blot in Latest Testing Guidelines by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS Finally, it’s official — the Western blot is no longer recommended as a confirmatory test for HIV infection. From the latest  Laboratory Testing for the Diagnosis of HIV I ... Read on »
At Long Last, Some New Antibiotics That Might Make a Difference by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS Compared to HIV, HCV, and antifungal agents, development of novel antibacterial drugs has been in a bit of a funk for quite some time now. Here’s what’s been approve ... Read on »
Poll: Should ID Doctors Still Do HIV Primary Care? by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS My friend and colleague Ken Freedberg is giving a talk soon at our regional IDSA meeting called, “Who Should Be Providing HIV Care?” He’s a very smart guy (except duri ... Read on »
Anti-Vaccine Movement Slammed By Daily Show; ID Doctors, Pediatricians Happy by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS The anti-vaccine crowd gets a pretty good drubbing here from Samantha Bee on The Daily Show. I’d feel a tiny bit bad for them — gosh their opinions are pathetic — but sinc ... Read on »
Some ID Stuff We’re Talking About on Rounds by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS Just finished two weeks on the inpatient general medical service — hence the radio silence — giving me a chance to work with residents, interns, and medical students. He ... Read on »
CDC Recommends Broader Use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis — Can We Make It Happen? by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS Making a much stronger and more comprehensive statement than their earlier “Guidance,” the CDC is now recommending tenofovir/FTC (Truvada) for all Americans at high risk f ... Read on »
The Top Items From The Revised DHHS HIV Treatment Guidelines by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS A sparkling, shiny new revision of the  DHHS HIV Treatment Guidelines  were released this week (thanks Alice Pau!), and provide plenty to read and think about — 285 pages, ... Read on »
Why ID/HIV Specialists Rank Last in MD Salaries by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS Here’s a figure from Medscape listing 2013 physician compensation : Now a median of $174,000/year is hardly chump change, so I don’t expect much in the way of s ... Read on »
Pioneering Measles Vaccine Researcher Has Anecdotes, Insight, Perspective, and Generosity... by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS In the new IDSA/Oxford University Press journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases (OFID), we plan to interview a series of great figures in ID about their experiences, post ... Read on »
Unwittingly, HCV “News” Brackets Our Current Treatment Era on Successive Days by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS I’ve already told you what a fan I am of Physician’s First Watch , the daily email summary of hot medical news provided by my colleagues here at the Massachusetts Medical ... Read on »
Would “HIV Controllers” Benefit from Antiretroviral Therapy? by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS Let me start with a disclosure — I’m the co-PI (along with Jon Li and Florencia Pereyra) on a study addressing the very question in the title. The reason for this post ... Read on »
$0 for 30 Minutes of My Time? Sign Me Up! by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS Best e-mail survey ever, my second invitation from them — hence a “friendly reminder”: Dear Sax, This is a friendly reminder about the online study we ... Read on »
Opening Day ID Link-o-Rama by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS Several ID/HIV tidbits to keep you entertained until Monday night’s opening day — for baseball that is. (I hear there’s some sort of basketball tournament going on a ... Read on »
Really Rapid Review — CROI 2014, Boston by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS Despite the winter that would never end, intrepid HIV/ID researchers and clinicians arrived in Boston for this year’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infect ... Read on »
CROI Is Over — and a Baby Once Again Takes Center Stage by Paul Sax Posted in: Blog Posts in HIV & AIDS One of our fellows asked me this AM when I was posting a RRR (Really Rapid Review™) of CROI 2014, and my response was to clear my throat, make some vague excuses, and curs ... Read on »