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CROI 2014: Retrovirus Conference Starts Monday in Boston

The 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2014) will take place next week, March 3-6, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. HIVandHepatitis.com will be on site all week to bring you the latest news coverage about HIV, hepatitis C, and related topics.

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Low CD4 Count Despite Viral Suppression Linked to Higher Risk of Death

HIV positive people who have poor CD4 T-cell recovery on antiretroviral therapy (ART) had higher mortality than those with good immunological response, even if they reached undetectable viral load, according to a study published in the January 22 advance edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Updated Guidelines for Antiretroviral Treatment of Children with HIV

The Department of Health and Human Services this week updated its Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Pediatric HIV Infection. Changes to the children's guidelines include specific drug recommendations and information about a possible cure of an HIV-infected infant following very early treatment.

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Vacc-4x Therapeutic Vaccine May Lower HIV Viral Load Set-point

An experimental therapeutic vaccine did not slow CD4 T-cell decline or enable study participants to safely interrupt antiretroviral therapy (ART) longer, but it did appear to leave HIV viral load at lower levels, researchers reported in the February 11 advance edition of Lancet Infectious Diseases.

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HIV Regimens with Fewer Pills Promote Adherence and Viral Suppression

Antiretroviral regimens that contain fewer pills are associated with improvement in treatment adherence and higher likelihood of achieving undetectable viral load, according to a meta-analysis published in the January 22, 2014, advance edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Once-daily dosing however, had only a modest effect on adherence and did not significant impact viral suppression.

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Studies Reveal Age, Race, and Sex Disparities in HIV Care and Outcomes

Women, African-Americans, and people who inject drugs are on average less likely to remain in care,start antiretroviral therapy (ART), or achieve viral load suppression, while young people are more likely to seek HIV care later in the course of their disease, according to 2 recently published studies.

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amFAR Announces Initiative to Find Cure for HIV by 2020

This week amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, launched a new research initiative, Countdown to a Cure for HIV/AIDS, with the goal of finding a broadly applicable cure for HIV/AIDS by the year 2020.The foundation hopes to raise $100 million to support this effort.

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