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Access to HIV care varies across NC jails, study finds

June 7, 2022

People with HIV have a high rate of ending up behind bars, but even though the diagnosis is common among people in county jails, it’s hard to know the kind of care these patients receive while they’re detained due to a lack of research. David Rosen, PhD, MD, MPH, authored a recent study that attempts to … Continued

Davy-Mendez, Schranz review access to medications for opioid use disorder, for people with HIV, recognizing gaps in coverage by state AIDS drug assistance programs

June 7, 2022

A study by Thibaut Davy-Mendez, PhD, MSPH, and Asher Schranz, MD, MPH, assistant professors of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, looked at access to medications for opioid use disorder (OUD) for people with HIV and recognized how the harms associated with OUD have intensified in recent years, particularly for people who inject drugs. … Continued

Dr. Stanley M. Lemon Weighs in on Recent Hepatitis A Outbreak

June 6, 2022

The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement May 28 that at least 17 people in the U.S. had been infected with hepatitis A, likely because of the strawberries. Twelve of those people were hospitalized. Dr. Stanley M. Lemon, MD, a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, weighed in on the rarity of hepatitis … Continued

Rutstein Appointed to HIGH IRI Training Program

June 2, 2022

Sarah Rutstein, MD, PhD, a physician scientist and senior clinical fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine, has been accepted to the HIV Infectious Disease and Global Health Implementation Research Institute (HIGH IRI) through the Center for Dissemination and Implementation at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in … Continued

Researchers evaluate diagnostic testing landscape for tick-borne disease in the Southeast

May 17, 2022

Tick-borne diseases (TBD) including Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis (SFGR), ehrlichiosis, and increasingly Lyme disease, represent a substantial public health concern throughout much of the Southeastern United States. North Carolina experiences some of the highest rates of SFGR and ehrlichiosis in the United States, often accounting for more than of 10% and 5% of cases reported to the … Continued

STD Awareness in April: Infectious Disease Experts Are Working to Advance the Development of Vaccines for Sexually Transmitted Infections

April 20, 2022

During April, STD Awareness provides an opportunity to talk about STIs and encourage individuals to be proactive about their sexual health and promotes regular STI/HIV screening and testing. Although research in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has evolved rapidly on multiple fronts, a critical remaining challenge is the development of safe and effective vaccines for diseases that pose … Continued

Wohl discusses risks associated with dropping mask mandate on public transit

April 20, 2022

UNC-Chapel Hill infectious disease specialist Dr. David Wohl talked about the risks involved with dropping the mask mandate on public transit, in response to a federal judge’s decision. “When people are eating and drinking, I don’t even drink. I wait,” he said. “I’ll wait till everyone’s done. And then I will take off my mask … Continued

García Receives ISAR’s 2022 Diversity Speaker Award

April 7, 2022

J. Victor García-Martinez, PhD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and Director of the International Center for the Advancement of Translational Science was keynote lecturer at the 35th International Conference on Antiviral Research (ICAR) last month. During the conference he was presented the second 2022 Diversity Speaker … Continued

Hannah Little Named Associate Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

March 28, 2022

Hannah Little, MHA, who currently serves as Associate Chief for Administration for the Division of Infectious Diseases Medicine and the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine, has been named the Associate Chair for Administration in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. [Read more]

Does a Mask Protect You If No One Else Is Wearing One?

March 10, 2022

As schools and cities and counties begin to drop their mask mandates, some people are rushing to take the masks off, but others still want that protection. So how effective is your mask if you’re the only person wearing one? Dr. Emily Sickbert-Bennett, associate professor of infectious diseases and director of infection prevention at UNC Medical … Continued