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Issue No. 17 | August 11, 2017

News and Features

Adult and Adolescent Opportunistic Infections Guidelines Updated

The following sections of the Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents have recently been updated:

  • Hepatitis B Virus Infection: This section was updated to include TAF/FTC as a treatment option for patients with HBV/HIV coinfection. Data on the virologic efficacy of TAF for the treatment of HBV in persons without HIV infection and TAF/FTC in persons with HBV/HIV coinfection are discussed.

    The Panel no longer recommends adefovir or telbivudine as options for HBV/HIV coinfected patients, as there is limited safety and efficacy data on their use in this population. In addition, these agents have a higher incidence of toxicities than other recommended treatments.

  • Bacterial Enteric Infections: This revision highlights new data from the CDC Health Advisory Network (April, 2017) indicating growing concern over fluoroquinolone resistant in Shigella isolates. Fluoroquinolones should only be used to treated Shigella isolates when the MIC<0.12 ug/mL. Reflex cultures of stools positive for Shigella spp. by culture-independent diagnostic tests is required for antibiotic sensitivity testing.

For more information on recent updates to the guidelines, see the What’s New section.

AIDSinfo Releases New Infographics

Two new infographics have been added to AIDSinfo’s library of consumer education materials:

  • Pets and People with HIV
    Learn some simple steps that people with HIV can take to protect their health while caring for their pets.
  • Meet the HHS HIV/AIDS Medical Practice Guidelines
    The federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines provide expert recommendations for HIV care. AIDSinfo uses the information in the guidelines to create our fact sheets, infographics, apps, and more. View this infographic to find out more about the guidelines.

Newly Released: the AETC National HIV Curriculum

The AIDS Education & Training Center (AETC) National Coordinating Resource Center in partnership with the University of Washington, with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau, is pleased to announce the launch of the AETC National HIV Curriculum (NHC). This online tool, the only one of its kind, offers free CME/CEU training for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists, and is appropriate for clinicians of all levels – from novice to expert – as well as health profession faculty and students. The NHC contains six modules, each representing a different core competency identified as essential by HIV care experts, and is designed to inform and update health care professionals about national guideline recommendations for quality HIV infection prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The NHC ( includes:

  • Clinical screening tools and calculators
  • More than 400 interactive self-assessment questions
  • Modular learning in any order
  • Easy-to-use antiretroviral medications guide and references
  • Clinical challenges answered by national HIV clinical experts