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   2011| January-June  | Volume 32 | Issue 1  
    Online since May 19, 2011

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Pre-exposure prophylaxis of HIV
Smriti Naswa, YS Marfatia
January-June 2011, 32(1):1-8
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81246  PMID:21799568
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an experimental approach to HIV prevention and consists of antiretroviral drugs to be taken before potential HIV exposure in order to reduce the risk of HIV infection and continued during periods of risk. An effective PrEP could provide an additional safety net to sexually active persons at risk, when combined with other prevention strategies. Women represent nearly 60% of adults infected with HIV and PrEP can be a female-controlled prevention method for women who are unable to negotiate condom use. Two antiretroviral nucleoside analog HIV-1 reverse transcriptase inhibitor drugs are currently under trial as PrEP drugs, namely tenofovirdisoproxilfumarate (TDF) alone and TDF in combination with emricitabine (FTC), to be taken as daily single dose oral drugs. There are 11 ongoing trials of ARV-based prevention in different at risk populations across the world. The iPrex trial showed that daily use of oral TDF/FTC by MSM resulted in 44% reduction in the incidence of HIV. This led to publication of interim guidance by CDC to use of PrEP by health providers for MSM. Few other trials are Bangkok Tenofovir Study, Partners PrEP Study, FEM-PrEP study, and VOICE (MTN-003) study. Future trials are being formulated for intermittent PrEP (iPrEP) where drugs are taken before and after sex, "stand-in dose" iPrEP, vaginal or rectal PrEP, etc. There are various issues/concerns with PrEP such as ADRs and resistance to TDF/FTC, adherence to drugs, acceptability, sexual disinhibition, use of PrEP as first line of defense for HIV without other prevention strategies, and cost. The PrEP has a potential to address unmet need in public health if delivered as a part of comprehensive toolkit of prevention services, including risk-reduction, correct and consistent use of condoms, and diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.
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Successful treatment of cerebral toxoplasmosis with cotrimoxazole
Harsha V Patil, Virendra C Patil, Vijaya Rajmane, Vinayak Raje
January-June 2011, 32(1):44-46
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81255  PMID:21799577
Cerebral toxoplasmosis is an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related infection and is one of the causes of CNS mass lesions in AIDS. Toxoplasmosis is the most common cerebral mass lesion encountered in HIV-infected patients, and its incidence has increased markedly since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Cerebral toxoplasmosis is associated with high mortality and morbidity in patients with acquired immunocopromised state. We are reporting a case of cerebral toxoplasmosis presented with status epileptics and treated with cotrimoxazole. Refractory status epilepsy was controlled with intravenous levetiracetam, which has a unique drug profile.
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An overview of post exposure prophylaxis for HIV in health care personals: Gujarat scenario
Manoj Shevkani, B Kavina, Pradeep Kumar, H Purohit, U Nihalani, Asha Shah
January-June 2011, 32(1):9-13
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81247  PMID:21799569
Average risk of acquiring HIV infection after a percutaneous exposure to HIV infected blood is 0.3%. Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV refers to a set of comprehensive services to prevent HIV infection in exposed individuals where the exposure can be occupational/ non occupational and a provision of short term (28 days) antiretroviral drugs are given depending on the risk assessment. It also includes counselling and relevant laboratory investigations after taking informed consent of the exposed person and source. PEP inhibits the replication of the initial inoculum of virus and thereby prevents establishment of chronic HIV infection, and is best effective when initiated within 2 hours but certainly within 72 hours. Present communication deals with the registry of 278 cases of PEP from Gujarat in terms of various determinants, their status and the outcome in terms of HIV sero positivity.
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Scoring the medical outcomes among HIV / AIDS patients attending antiretroviral therapy center at Zonal Hospital, Hamirpur, using patient satisfaction questionnaire (PSQ-18)
Vishav Chander, AK Bhardwaj, SK Raina, Pardeep Bansal, RK Agnihotri
January-June 2011, 32(1):19-22
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81249  PMID:21799571
Aim: To study level of satisfaction among patients attending ART centre using Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (PSQ - 18). Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional interview based technique was used to study the level of satisfaction. Results: A total of 59 patients attending ART centre were included in the study. The mean score for general satisfaction was 3.22 (SD 0.86), for technical quality 3.03 (SD 0.92), for the interpersonal manner 3.25 (SD 0.93), for communication (SD 0.90), for financial aspects was 2.38 (SD 1.00) and for time spent during the visit, the mean score was 2.97 (SD 0.98) Interpretation: Patient satisfaction is the key in planning and formulating guidelines for treatment and care.
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Prozone phenomenon in secondary syphilis
Ruchi Sidana, HC Mangala, SB Murugesh, K Ravindra
January-June 2011, 32(1):47-49
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81256  PMID:21799578
Prozone phenomenon is a false negative response resulting from high antibody titer which interferes with formation of antigen- antibody lattice, necessary to visualize a positive flocculation test. We present a case of secondary syphilis who presented to us with features of contact irritant dermatitis. She initially tested non- reactive for VDRL testing but tested positive with higher dilution. The prozone phenomenon is attaining importance because of increasing prevalence of Acquired immune deficiency syndrome. So one needs to be familiar with the occurrence of prozone phenomenon.
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A case of congenital syphilis with Hutchinson's triad
Priyanka Singhal, Pankil Patel, YS Marfatia
January-June 2011, 32(1):34-36
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81252  PMID:21799574
Late congenital syphilis is a rare entity and its early diagnosis and treatment is essential to prevent significant morbidity. We are reporting a case of late congenital syphilis presenting with Hutchinson's triad at an age of 14 years.
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Lymphoepithelial cyst - A sign of unappreciated HIV infection
Jayashree Krishnamurthy, Manjula , Manasa C Gowdanakatte, Manjunath V Gubanna
January-June 2011, 32(1):60-62
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81263  PMID:21799583
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Awareness of HIV/AIDS amongst pregnant women
Sebanti Goswami, Somajita Chakraborty, Partha Mukhopadhyay
January-June 2011, 32(1):62-63
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81265  PMID:21799584
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Genital lesions: An indication for changing ART regimen
S Arun Kumar, N Kumar, N Kumarasamy
January-June 2011, 32(1):37-39
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81253  PMID:21799575
Genital lesions are common in HIV positive patients and aetiology for these are mainly due to HSV, HPV or bacterial. They usually respond to HAART, antiviral or antimicrobials. We are presenting a young patient on HAART with non-healing genital ulcer lesions for sixteen months. He responded well to a change in ART regimen within a period of 15 days. This happened after a change to a more potent ART regimen.
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Primary facial cutaneous nocardiosis in a HIV patient and review of cutaneous nocardiosis in India
GS Vijay Kumar, Rashmi P Mahale, KG Rajeshwari, R Rajani, Ranjitha Shankaregowda
January-June 2011, 32(1):40-43
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81254  PMID:21799576
Nocardiosis is an acute, subacute or chronic bacterial infection caused by several species of geophilic aerobic bacteria of the genus Nocardia. Cutaneous nocardiosis is an uncommon infectious disease that presents as primary cutaneous infection or as a sequale of disseminated pulmonary nocardiosis. Its rarity and as nocardiosis is not an AIDS defined disease it is often underreported. The global incidence of cutaneous nocardiosis is not exactly known. The frequency of nocardiosis in HIV patients has increased from 0.3 to1.85%. In Immunocompetent persons Primary Cutaneous Nocardiosis is more commonly seen among gardeners and agriculturists. We report a case of extensive primary facial cutaneous nocardiosis due to Nocardia asteroides, in an adult immunocompromised lady who had no pulmonary focus. The lesions were seen as sinus tracts on the zygomatic arch, preauricular and Infraauricular regions. Bacteriological examination of the pus confirmed the presence of N. asteroides. The rarity of the presentation and Cutaneous nocardiosis in India is reviewed.
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Determinants of rapid progression to immunodeficiency syndrome among people infected with human immunodeficiency virus, Kerala, India
TS Anish, K Vijaykumar, SM Simi
January-June 2011, 32(1):23-29
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81250  PMID:21799572
Context: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection progresses in almost all infected persons to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The aim of the study was to find out the determinants of rapid progression of immunodeficiency among people infected with HIV in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, India. Settings and Design: The study design used was case control. The setting of the study was antiretroviral treatment (ART) centre of Government Medical College and the self-help group of HIV patients located at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Materials and Methods: Cases were people having any one or more of the AIDS defining clinical conditions within 3 years from the diagnosis of HIV infection. Controls were people diagnosed as having HIV at least 3 years ago and with no AIDS-defining clinical conditions till the date of the study. Sample size was 149 with a control case ratio of 1.5:1. Statistical analysis used: Mean (standard deviation) and proportions were used to describe the data. Chi-square test and t test were done to test the hypotheses. Binary logistic technique was used to find out the predictors of the outcome. Results: A regression (Binary Logistic) model was used to predict the progression. Fungal infection of nail [adjusted Odds Ratio (OR), 6.4 (1.4, 28.9)] and oral candidiasis [adjusted OR, 2.6 (1.1, 6.4)] were the clinical conditions significantly associated with rapid progression. The significant social factors included non-exposure to professional counseling [adjusted OR, 7.1 (2.0, 24.5)] and the feeling of being stigmatized - felt as preoccupation with thoughts that they are gossiped about and the increase in visitors to "check them out" [adjusted OR, 26.1 (4.9, 138.4)]. The protective nutritional factors in the model were frequent consumption of legumes [adjusted OR, 0.12 (0.04, 0.36)], eggs [adjusted OR, 0.29 (0.09, 0.93)], and plenty of oral fluids [adjusted OR, 0.18 (0.07, 0.47)]. Conclusions: An approach incorporating the clinical, social, and nutritional factors may retard the progression of HIV infection.
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Microbicides: Abstracts from global literature
Pankil Patel, Shivani Patel, YS Marfatia
January-June 2011, 32(1):53-56
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Pediatric HIV in Mumbai
Sachee Agrawal, Sandhya Sawant, Jayanthi Shastri
January-June 2011, 32(1):57-58
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81259  PMID:21799580
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Antimicrobial susceptibility of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Pune from 1996 to 2007
Sangeeta Kulkarni, Suvarna Sane, Sanjay Mehendale, Arun Risbud
January-June 2011, 32(1):58-59
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81260  PMID:21799581
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Two years CD4 count follow-up of rural patients on antiretroviral therapy: A study in government hospital
Mrudula N Dravid, Ravindra K Khadse, Shubhangi D Kulkarni, Hitesh R Adchitre
January-June 2011, 32(1):59-60
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81261  PMID:21799582
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No clinical predictors of intraepithelial neoplasia in HIV-positive patients with external condilomata acuminata
Paula Giacaman, María José Martínez, Jonas Chnaiderman, Sandra Ampuero, Ester Santander, Claudia Ramis, Ivo Sazunic, María Luisa Garmendia, Orietta Gómez
January-June 2011, 32(1):30-33
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81251  PMID:21799573
To identify clinical parameters in association with human papilloma virus (HPV) genotypes and histopathology diagnosis in HIV-positive patients with external condylomata acuminata (ECA), 400 Chilean HIV-positive patients were included in the study. Forty-seven patients presented ECA. Clinical parameters and socio demographic data were recorded. Histopathology study and HPV linear array genotyping assay were performed. Intraepithelial neoplasia (IEN) grade 2 or 3 was found in 8.5% of patients, associated to HPV-16. Patients were mainly single, MSM, with history of sexually transmitted disease (STD), multiple sexual partners, receiving antiretroviral therapy and with recurrent lesions. All ECA were mainly perianal, grey or pink colored, exophytic with less than two years evolution. No clinical parameter could predict the development of high grade IEN in HIV patients with ECA. It seems necessary to perform biopsy and genotype all HIV positive patients with ECA.
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Profile of HIV-positives and determinants with mode of transmission of HIV/AIDS patients on anti-retroviral treatment center at civil hospital, Ahmedabad
Rashmi Sharma
January-June 2011, 32(1):14-18
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81248  PMID:21799570
Context: Improved antiretroviral treatment (ART) access reduces AIDS mortality and lowers HIV incidence by reducing the viral load at the individual/community level. Aims: To find out the epidemiological profile of the patients at ART Centre of Civil Hospital, Ahmadabad. Settings and Design: Centre-based cross-sectional study. Materials and Methods: 132 AIDS patients (on ART) during Jan­-Aug, 2009. Statistical analysis used: Proportions and Chi-square test. Results: Out of 132 cases, 60% were males, 70% from 15-44 years of age, 80% married, 78% literate, and 43% were gainfully employed. Sexual route accounted for infection in 63% cases while in 22% cases mode of transmission could not be elicited. Less common routes were injecting drug use (9%) and blood transfusion (6%). Heterosexual route was more common (70%) among migrants than the locals (50%). Half of them were diagnosed by VCTC. Thirteen clients did not receive pre-test counseling; 9 (6.6%) did not inform their spouse. Proportion of discordant couple was 42%. Conclusions: Comparing these determinants of patients on ART with those detected at ICTC can help in identifying the characteristics helpful in sending people to ART centers and bridging the gap between those detected at ICTC and those who reach at ART centers.
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Laboratory diagnosis of human papillomavirus virus infection in female genital tract
Rahul Dixit, Chintan Bhavsar, YS Marfatia
January-June 2011, 32(1):50-52
DOI:10.4103/0253-7184.81257  PMID:21799579
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