The Campbell Foundation announced earlier this month an $80,000 grant to support research into long COVID-19, gut bacteria, and HIV.
A professor at The Wistar Institute Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center in Philadelphia, Mohamed Abdel-Mohsen, discovered that severe COVID-19 illness is connected to the passing of bacteria from the gut to the blood — known as gut leakiness — according to a foundation press release. Gut leakiness is a significant cause of chronic inflammation in those living with HIV.
Are people living with HIV at higher risk for long COVID—the condition in which symptoms of COVID-19 persist weeks or months longer than usual—if they have a “leaky gut”? In other words, if bacteria and bacterial products pass from their gut into the blood, which is a common source of chronic inflammation among people living with HIV?
As people with HIV are increasingly being treated by primary care physicians instead of HIV specialists, it’s important that these general health care providers familiarize themselves with antiretrovirals so they can prescribe the best HIV treatment.
In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has mirrored the early years of the HIV/ AIDS epidemic. In both cases people were, and still are, dying of a disease that seemingly came out of nowhere.
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HIV is now a manageable disease that can be kept in check with medicine. But people living with HIV are at a higher-than-normal risk of having other illnesses. One of the comorbidities linked with is cardiovascular disease.
A $90,000 grant from The Campbell Foundation will fund research into cardiovascular disease among people living with HIV. Specifically, two scientists will try to ascertain whether certain markers can identify which people living with HIV are at higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
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After a challenging 2020, 2021 is starting a bit easier for 11 South Florida organizations that advocate for people with HIV. It’s thanks to donations from The Campbell Foundation, which gave each non-profit $3,000 as part of its “Holiday Hug” grants.
Here’s a bit of cheer to help ring in the new year: Eleven HIV community groups in Florida each have received a $3,000 grant to use however they wish. The unrestricted funding arrived courtesy of The Campbell Foundation, which typically funds HIV research but awards these Holiday Hug grants at the end of each year to support local nonprofits serving the HIV community.