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CROI 2014: Disparities in Viral Suppression in Washington, DC [VIDEO]

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A majority of people with HIV in Washington, DC, were able to achieve and maintain undetectable HIV viral load on antiretroviral therapy, but disparities in viral suppression exist with regard to race, sex, social, and economic factors, researchers reported at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2014) last week in Boston.

[Amanda Castel, CROI press conference, March 4, 2014]

Amanda Castel from George Washington Universityreported that African-Americans, younger people, and those infected with HIV through heterosexual sex were less likely to reach undetectable viral load after starting treatment. The good news was that nearly two-thirds of study participants were able to maintain viral suppression throughout follow-up.

"Efforts to identify these populations with disparate outcomes will allow for appropriate targeting of resources to improve viral suppression and achieve national goals," they concluded.

3/14/14

Reference

AD Castel, AE Greenberg, H Young, et al. Disparities in Viral Suppression Among a Large Cohort of HIV-Infected Persons in Washington, DC. 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2014). Boston, March 3-6. Abstract 993.