Significant advances in HIV treatment—including understanding and educating the populace about transmission and developing public health approaches to serve high-risk populations—have resulted in a dramatic change in disease progression. From an estimated 130,000 cases annually since reporting began in 1981, significant strides were made initially in addressing the epidemic, and reported cases dropped significantly by 2000. That number has remained fairly stagnant, though, and pharmacists have been called upon to lend a hand. Guidelines for pharmacy’s role in the early-2000s can be found and elaborated on here. But a recent study published in Medicinerevealed that there is a still a long way to go—especially when it comes to improving screening rates. Here are a few tips on how pharmacists can help. Meanwhile, drug makers continue to develop new protocols in the hope that treatment will be easier, more effective, and (elephant in the room) presumably cheaper—eventually.
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Feeling stuck? Inspiration is where you find it. You might enjoy one of my favorite sources for “big ideas” in this podcast series on disruption, a compendium of advice from leaders across multiple industries who have shared ideas that changed the way they did business, how they’ve performed as leaders, or that shifted their view of success. Take this interview with Alison Levine, for example. Levine is a former investment advisor and alpinist who has climbed the highest mountains on seven continents and skied to both the North and South Poles. She knows a little something about risk and reward. Or check out these thoughts from Peter Bregman on listening and communication: “Have a meaningful conversation and get to the point. If we’re willing to feel anything [including the discomfort of listening to someone you disagree with], then we can do anything.” This very quick read on staying “caught up” at work from Harvard Business Review might hit close to home. (The publication’s daily management tips sometimes hit the spot, too.) And finally, we would be remiss if we neglected this fount of inspiration from the late, great Queen of Soul.
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