Crack Cocaine’s Effect on HIV Disease Progression in Women: What Are the Major Outcomes?

http://www.jointogether.org/news/research/tprb/jan09/finkelstein-crack-cocaines-effect.html Despite the central role of substance use in the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic, the role of individual substances on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease progression has been a complicated puzzle. Cook and colleagues studied the impact of crack cocaine use among 1686 HIV-seropositive women in the Women’s Interagency Cohort Study between 1996 and … Continue reading Crack Cocaine’s Effect on HIV Disease Progression in Women: What Are the Major Outcomes?

AIDS Gets A Kick-Start From Cocaine, Study Finds

By Maggie Fox Health and Science Correspondent 2-15-2 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cocaine not only makes people act recklessly — having unsafe sex that can lead to HIV infection — it can also give the virus a kick-start, scientists reported on Thursday. Tests in mice show that cocaine helps the virus spread faster in the body, … Continue reading AIDS Gets A Kick-Start From Cocaine, Study Finds

Cocaine Dramatically Accelerates HIV Infection

For the first time, UCLA AIDS Institute scientists have demonstrated in an animal model that cocaine use dramatically accelerates the spread of HIV infection. Offering a useful tool for examining other HIV-related risk factors, their findings are reported today in the online edition of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. “Cocaine not only influences risky behaviors,” … Continue reading Cocaine Dramatically Accelerates HIV Infection

Heterosexual transmission of HIV-1 associated with the use of smokable freebase cocaine – crack

1: AIDS. 1991 Sep;5(9):1121-6. Chiasson MA, Stoneburner RL, Hildebrandt DS, Ewing WE, Telzak EE, Jaffe HW. New York City Department of Health, AIDS Research Unit, New York 10013. A study of risk factors for HIV-1 infection was conducted at a sexually transmitted disease clinic in an area of New York City where the cumulative incidence … Continue reading Heterosexual transmission of HIV-1 associated with the use of smokable freebase cocaine – crack

Nutritional Alterations in Drug Abusers With and Without HIV

RTB: This study tells the public what they already know: heroin and cocaine are bad for you. The bottom line, drug addiction causes illness, major weight loss, and increased death rates. What’s the difference between a person given the HIV test result who is a drug addict, and someone who is not? The person given … Continue reading Nutritional Alterations in Drug Abusers With and Without HIV

Side Effects – Letters to The Body.com

RTB says – “Ask the Experts – real letters from real patients to the ‘experts’ at the Body.com. What the Aids industry won’t tell you about Aids drugs, these people are living it. Ask the Experts about Managing Side Effects of HIV Treatment Lactic Acidosis=Death? Jun 18, 2003 Hello – I’m a 32-year old man … Continue reading Side Effects – Letters to The Body.com

Women with HIV who regularly use crack are three times more likely to die

Gus Cairns, Wednesday, June 25, 2008 A US survey of 1686 women with HIV on antiretroviral treatment has found that the 29% who regularly or intermittently used crack cocaine were nearly 60% more likely to develop an AIDS-defining illness, and the 3.2% who used it persistently were three times more likely to die. It also … Continue reading Women with HIV who regularly use crack are three times more likely to die

Neurosyphilis, Then and Now

Source: http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/news/review/archives/medrev_v2n2_0006.html P&S Medical Review: Apr 1995, Vol.2, No.2 H. Houston Merritt and Leonidas Stefanis, M.D. and Lewis P. Rowland, M.D. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, N.Y. Houston Merritt was the Chair of Neurology at Columbia-Presbyterian from 1948 to 1967. He was Dean of the College of Physicians and Surgeons from … Continue reading Neurosyphilis, Then and Now