Monthly Archives: May 2021

HHS cites increasing rate of variants P.1 and B.351 in recommending use of Regeneron (but no longer Lilly) monoclonal antibody combination in eight states

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA On Wednesday (May 26) the Department of Health and Human Services made the clinically-relevant important update below.  (I anticipate more than these eight states to be included in the weeks and months ahead as the variants P.1. and B.1. 351 continue to spread in the United States). ​“Important […]

As substance use disorders rise in the midst of a pandemic, a new law is needed now to facilitate treatment

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While America’s epidemic of opioid use was already a burgeoning health crisis, it has worsened markedly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Between September 2019 and September 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, deaths caused by opioid overdoses have increased by nearly a third. Dr. Ellen Eaton, of the Outpatient-Based […]

Will the China report on 266 patients Nov. 17-Dec. 31, 2019 be made public by China, WHO, or by WHA resolution next week?

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA In a recent Science paper by Pekar, Worobey and colleagues titled “Timing the SARS-CoV-2 index case in Hubei province” the authors conclude “Our results define the period between mid-October and mid-November 2019 as the plausible interval when the first case of SARS-CoV-2 emerged in Hubei province.” Referencing reporting […]

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Variant B.1.617 spreads in India and UK, and arrives in US: get vaccinated ASAP

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By Daniel R. Lucey MD, MPH, FIDSA The World Health Organization declared the SARS-CoV-2 variant “B.1.617”, first recognized in India, a “variant of concern” May 10. The United Kingdom did the same May 7 for the sublineage “B.1.617.2.” The United States has found and reported only a small number of cases, in at least five […]

Changing the narrative: Caring for Asian American and Pacific Islander patients with HIV

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Wednesday, May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Founded by the Banyan Tree Project, the day serves to raise awareness of the impacts of HIV stigma on Asian and Pacific Islander people. Here, Los Angeles-based physician Dr. Jen Chang discusses the importance of work that provides the support of a community […]

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U = U: The evidence is in. Spreading the word that undetectable = untransmissable is the next crucial step

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By Murray Penner of Prevention Access Campaign Undetectable = Untransmittable, or U=U, is a clear, effective, simple way to convey the fact that a person living with HIV who is on antiretroviral therapy and whose virus is suppressed cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners. In 2016, Prevention Access Campaign, a health equity initiative with the […]

CDC announces publication of TB treatment trial results showing four month regimen as effective as six month

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The publication of trial data showing a four-month treatment regimen for tuberculosis that is not resistant to first-line medicines as effective as the currently widely prescribed six-month regimen will inform guidelines that can significantly ease the burden of the disease on patients, their families, and health services worldwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]