Author Archives: Health

Molecular HIV surveillance: friend or foe?

As part of routine HIV care in many high-income countries, genetic resistance testing is done prior to starting treatment to ensure that a person’s virus is not resistant to a chosen antiretroviral medication. However, in addition to identifying potential drug resistant mutations, phylogenetic analysis of an individual’s virus is also carried out – when compared… Read More »

Don’t carry out a coronavirus rapid test outside during winter

The cold can affect the results of a COVID-19 antigen test. For this reason, the medical technology firm nal von minden from Moers, Germany, emphasises that the rapid tests should not be used outside in winter in temperatures under 15 degrees Celsius. Correct usage of the NADAL® COVID-19 antigen test is extremely important in order… Read More »

CD4 count below 350 increases the risk of severe COVID-19

European HIV medical groups recommend priority vaccination for people with CD4 counts below 350 People with HIV with CD4 counts below 350 were almost three times more likely to experience severe COVID-19 symptoms than people with higher CD4 counts, confirming warnings by the British HIV Association and the European AIDS Clinical Society that immunosuppressed people… Read More »

Bacterial STI rates rose in the year before starting PrEP, but not during PrEP, Australian study finds

A study of gay and bisexual male participants in the first large implementation study of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in Australia has found that although rates of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were high, they did not increase in the two years after starting PrEP. In contrast, they increased significantly in the year before men… Read More »

Boy’s leukaemia missed by doctor

The parents of a young British boy who was diagnosed with a form of cancer say the diagnosis has turned their “whole world upside down” after alleging the doctor originally misdiagnosed the boy with growing pains. Jaxson Clark, 4, was taken to the doctor by his parents in November experiencing a temperature, swelled lymph nodes,… Read More »