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Get to Know Your Words: Analytic Treatment Interruption

Analytic Treatment Interruption is the cessation of a study participant’s antiretrovital therapy (ART) while carefully monitoring their viral load. One of the goals for the HIV research field is to achieve a functional cure for HIV, the elimination of detectable virus without the use of ART.

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Analytic Treatment Interruption

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Get to Know Your Words: Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)

HIV is a type of virus called a retrovirus, and the combination of drugs used to treat it is called antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART is recommended for all people living with HIV, regardless of how long they’ve had the virus or how healthy they are. ART must be taken every day, exactly as your health care provider prescribes.  

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Get to Know Your Words: Leukapheresis

Leukapheresis is a laboratory procedure in which white blood cells are separated from a sample of blood. It is a specific type of apheresis, the more general term for separating out one particular component of blood and returning the rest to the body.

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Leukapheresis

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Get to Know Your Words: Double Blinded Study

Research studies can be quite informing but confusing! 

Now that you know what a blinded study is, it’s time to learn what a double blinded study is! In a double blinded study, neither the participants nor the experimenters know who is receiving which treatment to ensure that the results are not affected by their hopes, expectations, previous knowledge, etc. 

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Get to Know Your Words: Blinded Study

Research studies can be quite informing but confusing! 

Ever wonder what a “blinded study” is? It is a study done in such a way that the participants do not know what treatment they are receiving to ensure that the results are not affected by their hopes, expectations, previous knowledge, etc. in order to reduce experimental bias.

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Get to Know Your Words: Molluscum Contagiosum

The anus is one of the most common points of infection, but these pimples can also be found frequently on the inner thighs, groin, genitals, and lower abdomen. People living with HIV may also be at risk for the infection to spread all over the body. Sometimes the infection goes away on its own, but while it persists, it can spread to other parts of the body and to other people.

Make your bottom a top priority and join us at Philadelphia’s 2nd Annual Anal Health Symposium on April 19th to discuss the best practices around addressing anal health, the screening, and treatment of anal dysplasia, and anal cancer for men and women living with HIV.

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Get to Know Your Words: Proctoscopy

Proctoscopy

Proctoscopy is a common medical procedure of the rectum used to look for signs of colorectal cancer. An instrument called a proctoscope is used to examine the anal cavity, rectum, or sigmoid colon.

Make your bottom a top priority and join us at Philadelphia’s 2nd Annual Anal Health Symposium on April 19th to discuss the best practices around addressing anal health, the screening, and treatment of anal dysplasia, and anal cancer for men and women living with HIV.

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Get to Know Your Words: Anoscopy

Anoscopy

An anoscopy is an examination using a small, rigid, tubular instrument called an anoscope. This is inserted a few inches into the anus in order to evaluate problems of the anal canal. Anoscopy is used to diagnose hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and some cancers

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Get to Know Your Words: Anal Dysplasia

Anal Dysplasia 

Anal dysplasia is a condition in which some of the cells within the anus have transformed into abnormal cells. High resolution imaging is needed to detect these abnormal lesions

Anal dysplasia is not cancer, but it is a pre-cancerous condition. In other words, if the abnormal cells are left untreated, they can turn into cancerous tumors.

In most cases, anal dysplasia is caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV.

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Anal Dysplasia

 

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Get to Know Your Words: Hypertension

Hypertension

High blood pressure is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.

Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.

Make sure to stop by the John Bell Health Center to have your blood pressure measured!

 

 

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Get to Know Your Words: Hypotension

Hypotension

Low blood pressure might seem desirable, and for some people, it causes no problems. However, for many people, abnormally low blood pressure (hypotension) can cause dizziness and fainting. In severe cases, low blood pressure can be life-threatening. 

Make sure to stop by the John Bell Health Center to have your blood pressure measured!

 

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Get to Know Your Words:q.i.d, qid

q.i.d, qid

Latin – quater in die
Four times a day

Many don’t realize that there are Latin abbreviations on their prescription bottles! Knowing the abbreviations can empower you to take your medication safely! It may be easy to confuse “q.1.d or q1d” for qid however it is important to see the difference.

QID: Ever wonder what “qid or q.i.d” means on your prescription bottle? It’s Latin for quarter in die which means four times a day!

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Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

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Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.


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