Implicit Bias From Providers Inhibits HCV Treatment
A new study reveals significant insights into the challenges that can occur for hepatitis C virus (HCV) micro-elimination efforts in people with HIV (PWH). Due to the opioid epidemic, the prevalence of co-infection with HIV and HCV has been increasing. If left untreated, HCV infection can lead to liver damage, cancer, and death. Although HIV requires lifelong therapy, HCV can be cured with a few months of oral medications.
New Tools Enable Non-Clinicians to Diagnose Substance Use Disorders
A new study by Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and NYU Grossman School of Medicine researchers demonstrates the validity of two new diagnostic tools—the Rapid Opioid Use Disorder Assessment and the Rapid Stimulant Use Disorder Assessment. These instruments may be used to increase diagnoses of opioid and stimulant use disorder and access to treatment.
Ukrainian Refugees Face High Barriers to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Yale Study Finds
Many Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war have encountered obstacles when seeking therapies for opioid use disorder in European Union countries, a new Yale-led study finds. The study examines the barriers to opioid agonist therapies (OAT) and providers’ responses to increased demand in OAT enrollment.
Initiative Tackles Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism Within Infectious Diseases
As the summer season of 2020 peaked, amidst a swelling pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, a team of physicians and staff within the Yale Department of Internal Medicine’s Section of Infectious Diseases banded together with university historians and experts from the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning to create a space to address diversity, equity, and anti-racism. Initially spearheaded by Lydia Aoun-Barakat, MD, associate professor of medicine (infectious diseases), and Gerald Friedland, MD, professor emeritus (infectious diseases), the section established the Infectious Diseases Diversity, Equity, and Antiracism (ID2EA) consortium, which aims to address systemic racism, promote diversity, and promote equity within the infectious disease space both at Yale and beyond via interactive learning sessions.
Tuberculosis cases rise across nation and in CT
James Shepherd, MD, PhD, associate professor of internal medicine (infectious diseases), and Sheela Shenoi, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine (infectious diseases), discuss the rise in tuberculosis cases in Connecticut and across the nation.Source: Connecticut Public Radio
Chemsex, HIV Risk Require Tailored Harm Reduction Strategies
The complex association between chemsex — a form of sexualized drug use that includes elements of planning and a clear intent to use specific drugs to enhance the sexual experience — and HIV among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) requires deeper understanding and integrated interventions.Source: Medscape
Addressing the Intertwined Opioid, HIV, and HCV Crises: Q&A With Rick Altice
Frederick Altice, MD, has brought together team members from both Yale and West Virginia University to implement integrated care to take steps to curb the intertwined and devastating epidemics of opioid abuse, HIV, and hepatitis C.
Yale Community Health Care Van vaccinates underserved populations, religious communities
As students and New Haven residents scramble to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments, one 40-foot-long van and a team of health care workers are driving vaccine accessibility in underserved populations.Source: Yale Daily News
Yale Community Health Care Van Takes to the Street to Vaccinate Hard-to-Reach New Haven Residents
“It’s about keeping people safe,” said Dr. Frederick Altice, a Yale School of Medicine professor who specializes in infectious diseases and epidemiology and is the creator of the Community Health Care Van program.Source: New Haven Register
A Gift for The Community Health Care Van
On Friday, February 12, the New England Chapter of the March of Dimes (MOD) and the Real Estate Foundation collectively delivered a $30,000 check to Yale School of Medicine’s Community Healthcare Van’s Mobile Health Unit. March of Dimes also secured a $30,000 matching gift from its partner Anthem, totaling $60,000 to help the Mobile Health Unit expand its capacity.
Release Connecticut’s Prisoners? Health Experts, Activists Urge “Decarceration” to Slow Pandemic
Members of the Yale and local activist communities are coming together to urge Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont to depopulate the state’s prisons to combat the spread of COVID-19 and protect the state’s most vulnerable populations from the pandemic.
Low HIV transmission among recently incarcerated individuals living with HIV and SUDs
An assessment of sexual risk behaviors, as they relate to viral suppression, from before, during and after incarceration among persons living with HIV and alcohol use or opioid use disorders demonstrated that the risk of HIV transmission among this population is low.Source: Healio
$5.5 Million Grant Supports Study of Model to Integrate Treatments for Opioid Addiction, Infectious Diseases
As part of a multi-site collaboration involving principal investigators from Columbia University, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville, Yale’s Dr. Sandra Springer will study a new model of treatment for opioid addiction. The investigation is supported by a grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.
Opioid Use Disorder Should Be Thought of Like an Infectious Disease, Experts Say
Opioid use disorder (OUD) is not an infectious disease, but a new paper from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Maryland argues that ID specialists need to start considering themselves as a first line of treatment against the disorder.Source: Contagion Live
After Prison, Many People Living With HIV Go Without Treatment
When people living with HIV walk out of prison, they leave with up to a month's worth of HIV medication in their pockets. What they don't necessarily leave with is access to health care or the services that will keep them healthy in the long term.Source: NPR