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Using Behavioral Economics to Support PrEP Adherence for HIV Prevention.

Current HIV/AIDS Reports

We explored different behavioral economics (BE) mechanisms through which pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) initiation and adherence could be impacted and examined recent work using BE principles to further HIV prevention efforts. We also generated new intervention ideas based on existing HIV testing and ART adherence literature.

There is limited work that uses BE principles to design interventions to increase PrEP initiation and adherence, mostly involving financial incentives. The recent works highlighted involve financial incentives and demonstrate that key populations are open to accepting monetary incentives to increase PrEP initiation and improve adherence. However, there are mixed results on the long-term impacts of using incentives to modify behavior. While there are a few ongoing studies that utilize BE principles to increase PrEP use, there is need to develop studies that test these concepts, to promote PrEP initiation and adherence. We suggest methods of exploring non-incentives-based ideas to increase PrEP use in key populations.

Splenomegaly is a marker of advanced chronic liver disease and portal hypertension in HIV infection.

HIV Medicine

To evaluate the clinical significance of splenomegaly as a marker of underlying liver disease in people with HIV (PWH).

We included consecutive PWH from a prospective cohort from 2010 to 2020 with available liver stiffness measurement (LSM) and liver imaging to define splenomegaly (> 13 cm) within 1 year. Cut-offs of LSM > 10 kPa and > 21 kPa were used to identify advanced chronic liver disease (ACLD) and portal hypertension, respectively. Logistic regression multivariable analysis was employed to identify independent predictors of ACLD.

In all, 331 PWH were included, 76% of them men, with a median (interquartile range) age of 51.3 (45-58) years, all receiving antiretroviral treatment, and 53% were HIV monoinfected. The PWH with splenomegaly exhibited a higher prevalence of ACLD compared with those with normal spleen size, as per LSM (26% vs. 9%; p = 0.009). Portal hypertension diagnosed by LSM was also more prevalent in PWH with splenomegaly than in those without (15% vs. 2%; p < 0.001). Independent predictors of ACLD were viral hepatitis coinfection [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) = 3.15, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.65-6.0], lower platelets (aOR = 0.99, 95% CI: 0.99-0.99) and splenomegaly (aOR = 2.41, 95% CI: 1.17-4.99). In patients with available oesophagogastroduodenoscopy, splenomegaly was also associated with higher prevalence of oesophageal varices and other endoscopic findings of portal hypertension (38% vs. 17%; p = 0.027).

Splenomegaly identified on routine imaging may have utility as a marker of ACLD and portal hypertension, prompting further investigations.

Novel Antibacterial Activity of Febuxostat, an FDA-Approved Antigout Drug against Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection.

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Accumulating evidence suggests that drug repurposing has drawn attention as an anticipative strategy for controlling tuberculosis (TB), considering...

Hyperammonemia syndrome post-lung transplantation: case series and systematic review of literature.

Transplant Infectious Disease

Hyperammonemia syndrome (HS) is a rare post-transplant complication associated with high morbidity and mortality. Its incidence appears to be higher in lung transplant recipients and its pathophysiology is not well understood. In addition to underlying metabolic abnormalities, it is postulated that HS may be associated with Ureaplasma or Mycoplasma spp. lung infections. Management of this condition is not standardized and may include pre-emptive antimicrobials, renal replacement, nitrogen scavenging and bowel decontamination therapies, as well as dietary modifications.

in this case series, we describe seven HS cases, five of whom had metabolic deficiencies ruled out. In addition, a literature review was performed by searching PubMed following PRISMA-P guidelines. Articles containing the terms 'hyperammonemia' and 'lung' were reviewed from Jan 1, 1997, to Oct 31, 2021.

all HS cases described in our center had positive airway samples for Mycoplasmataceae, neurologic abnormalities and high ammonia levels post-transplant. Mortality in our group (57%) was similar to that published in previous cases. The literature review supported that HS is an early complication post-transplant, associated with Ureaplasma spp. and M. hominis infections and of worse prognosis in patients presenting cerebral edema and seizures.

this review highlights the need for rapid testing for Ureaplasma spp and M. hominis after lung transplant, as well as the necessity for future studies to explore potential therapies that may improve outcomes in these patients. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Efficacy of Artemether-Lumefantrine and Dihydroartemisinin-Piperaquine for the Treatment of Uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum Malaria among Children in Western Kenya, 2016 to 2017.

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Antimalarial resistance threatens global malaria control efforts. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends routine antimalarial efficacy moni...

Population Pharmacokinetic Meta-Analysis and Dosing Recommendation for Meropenem in Critically Ill Patients Receiving Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy.

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

The optimal dosing regimen for meropenem in critically ill patients undergoing continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) remains undefined due to...

Combined assessment of Epstein-Barr virus VCA and EBNA-1 serology for post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder risk stratification in adult solid organ transplant recipients.

Transplant Infectious Disease

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) seronegative solid organ transplant recipients (SOTRs) are at increased risk for post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD). Assays for EBV serostatus assess antibody to both EBV viral capsid antigen (VCA) and Epstein-Barr nuclear antigen-1 (EBNA-1), but PTLD risk among SOT recipients with discordant VCA and EBNA-1 results is unknown.

We performed a retrospective, single center cohort study to determine the risk of PTLD among adult (≥ 18 years) SOTRs with discordant pre-transplant VCA and EBNA-1 IgG compared to that of SOTRs with concordantly negative or concordantly positive serology using univariable and multivariable Cox-proportional hazards models.

Of 4106 SOTRs, the number (%) who were concordantly positive, concordantly negative, and discordant was 3787 (92.2%), 149 (3.6%), and 170 (4.2%), respectively. The adjusted hazard of PTLD was significantly higher among discordant SOTRs compared to concordantly positive SOTRs (aHR 2.6, 95% CI 1.04-6.6, p = 0.04) and lower compared to concordantly negative SOTRs (aHR 0.27, 95% CI 0.10-0.76, p < 0.001). The adjusted hazard of EBV+ PTLD among those with discordant serology was also significantly higher compared to the concordantly positive cohort (aHR 3.53, 95% CI 1.04-12.0, p = 0.04) and significantly lower compared to the concordantly negative cohort (aHR 0.23, 95% CI 0.06-0.82, p = 0.02).

Risk of PTLD among SOTRs with discordant VCA and EBNA-1 may be intermediate between those with concordantly positive and negative serology. If confirmed in future studies, revision of national EBV serology reporting to include both VCA and EBNA results may be needed to optimize PTLD risk stratification. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Proinflammatory and cardiovascular biomarkers are associated with echocardiographic abnormalities in children with HIV taking antiretroviral therapy.


Children with perinatally-acquired HIV (PHIV) and taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) have a high prevalence of subclinical cardiac disease. We hypothesised that cardiac disease may be a consequence of dysregulated systemic immune activation driven by HIV infection. We examined cardiovascular and proinflammatory biomarkers and their association with echocardiographic abnormalities in children with PHIV.

Cryopreserved plasma samples were used to measure seven soluble biomarkers using multiplex bead assay (Luminex). Multivariable logistic regression assessed how biomarker levels related to cardiac abnormalities.

A total of 406 children participated in this study (195 PHIV and 211 HIV-uninfected). Mean (standard deviation (SD)) ages of PHIV and HIV-uninfected participants were 10.7 (2.6) and 10.8 (2.8) years, respectively. Plasma levels of CRP, TNF-α, ST2, VCAM-1 and GDF-15 were significantly higher in the PHIV group compared to uninfected control (p < 0.001). Among children with PHIV, with one-unit representing one SD in biomarker level, a one-unit increase in CRP and GDF-15, was associated with increased odds of having left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction [adjusted odds ratio (aOR), 1.49 (1.02-2.18; P < 0.040)] and [aOR 1.71 (1.18-2.53; P = 0.006)] respectively. Each one unit increase in GDF-15 was associated with increased odds of LV hypertrophy [aOR 1.84 (95% CI 1.10-3.10; p < 0.021)].

Children with PHIV had higher levels of proinflammatory and cardiovascular biomarkers compared to HIV-uninfected children. Increased CRP and GDF-15 were associated with cardiac abnormalities in children with PHIV.

Recent abacavir use and incident cardiovascular disease in contemporary treated people living with HIV.


Assessing whether the previously reported association between abacavir (ABC) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) remained amongst contemporarily treated people living with HIV (PLWH).

RESPOND participants were followed from latest of 01/01/2012 or cohort enrolment until the first of a CVD event (myocardial infarction [MI], stroke, invasive cardiovascular procedure [ICP]), last follow-up or 31/12/2019. Logistic regression examined odds of starting ABC by 5-year CVD or chronic kidney disease (CKD) D:A:D risk score. We assessed associations between recent ABC use (use within past six months) and risk of CVD with negative binomial regression models, adjusted for potential confounders.

Of 29,340 individuals, 34% recently used ABC. Compared to those at low estimated CVD and CKD risks, the odds of starting ABC were significantly higher among individuals at high CKD risk (odds ratio 1.12 [95% confidence interval, 1.04-1.21]) and significantly lower for individuals at moderate, high or very high CVD risk (0.80 [0.72-0.88], 0.75 [0.64-0.87], 0.71 [0.56-0.90], respectively). During 6.2 years median follow-up (interquartile range; 3.87-7.52), there were 748 CVD events (incidence rate [IR] 4.7/1000 persons-years of follow up [4.3-5.0]). The adjusted CVD IR ratio was higher for individuals with recent ABC use (1.40 [1.20-1.64]) compared to individuals without, consistent across sensitivity analyses. The association did not differ according to estimated CVD (interaction p = 0.56) or CKD (p = 0.98) risk strata.

Within RESPOND's contemporarily treated population, a significant association between CVD incidence and recent ABC use was confirmed and not explained by preferential ABC use in individuals at increased CVD or CKD risk.

Identification of early-induced broadly neutralizing activities against transmitted founder HIV strains.


: Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) have been proposed as key actors for HIV vaccine development. However, they display features of highly matured Abs, hampering their induction by vaccination. As protective bnAbs should be induced rapidly after vaccination and should neutralize the early-transmitted founder (T/F) viruses, we searched whether such Abs may be induced following HIV infection.

: We compared neutralizing activity against T/F strains with neutralizing activity against non-T/F strains using the conventional TZM-bL neutralizing assay.

: We found nAbs preferentially directed against T/F viruses in sera collected shortly after infection. This humoral response evolved by shifting to nAbs directed against non-T/F strains.

: Although features associated with nAbs directed against T/F viruses need further investigations, these early-induced nAbs may display lesser maturation characteristics; therefore, this might increase their interest for future vaccine designs.

Impact of deceased organ donor injection drug use on donor culture positivity and recipient outcomes.

Transplant Infectious Disease

Due to the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States, deceased organ donors increasingly have a history of injection drug use (IDU), raising concerns about infectious risks to solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients. We sought to determine how recent IDU among deceased organ donors impacted donor culture results and recipient outcomes.

A retrospective cohort study was performed at three transplant centers. Exposed donors were those with "recent IDU" (in the prior 12 months). Primary outcomes included (1) positive donor cultures for bacteria or Candida species, (2) recipient bacterial or Candida infection within 3 months post-transplant, and (3) recipient graft failure or death within 12 months post-transplant. Mixed effects multivariable regression models were used to evaluate the relationship between recent donor IDU and each outcome.

A total of 658 SOT recipients who received organs from 394 donors were included. Sixty-six (17%) donors had a history of recent IDU. Recent IDU in donors was associated with a significantly increased odds of donor culture positivity (aOR 3.65, 95% CI 1.06-12.60, P = 0.04) but was not associated with SOT recipient infection (aHR 0.98, 95% CI 0.71-1.36, P = 0.92) or graft failure or death (aHR 0.67, 95% CI 0.29-1.51, P = 0.33).

Donors with recent IDU are more likely to have positive cultures, but their recipients' outcomes are unaffected, suggesting organs from donors with recent IDU may be safely utilized. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Epidemiology and outcomes of surgical site infections among pediatric liver transplant recipients.

Transplant Infectious Disease

Surgical site infections (SSI) are a significant cause of morbidity in liver transplant recipients, and the current data in the pediatric population is limited. The goal of this study was to identify the incidence, classification, risk factors, and outcomes of SSIs among children undergoing liver transplantation (LT).

A single-center, retrospective descriptive analysis was performed of patients age ≤18 years undergoing LT between September 2007 and April 2017. SSI identified within the first 30 days were analyzed. Primary endpoints included incidence, classification, risk factors, and outcomes associated with SSIs.

We included 86 patients, eight patients (9.3%) developed SSIs. Among segmental grafts (SG) recipients, 7/61 (11.4%) developed SSI. Among whole grafts recipients, 1/25 (4%) developed SSI. SSIs were associated with the presence of biliary complications (35% vs. 3%, p < 0.01; OR 24, 95% CI: 3.41-487.37, p<0.01). There were no differences in long term graft or patient survival associated with SSI. Patients who developed SSI were more likely to undergo reoperation (50% vs. 16.7%, p = 0.045) and had an increased total number of hospital days in the first 60 days post-transplant (30.5 vs. 12.5 days, p = 0.001).

SSIs after pediatric LT was less frequent than what has been previously reported in literature. SSIs were associated with the presence of biliary complications without an increase in mortality. SG had an increased rate of biliary complications without an association to SSIs but, considering its positive impact on organ shortage barriers, should not be a deterrent to the utilization of SGs. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.