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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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UNAIDS Declares March 1 Zero Discrimination Day

UNAIDS this week kicked off the first-ever Zero Discrimination Day, an effort to promote dignity for all people with HIV "no matter what they look like, where they come from, or whom they love." Stigmatized groups including men who have sex with men, sex workers, and people who use drugs bear the heaviest burden of the epidemic worldwide. 

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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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New Guide Helps People with HIV and Hepatitis C Choose California Insurance Plans

Project Inform, the HIV and hepatitis C advocacy organization, has released a new guide to help people with HIV or hepatitis C navigate health coverage options under Covered California, the state's Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace.

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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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Adolescents Born with HIV May Have Higher Heart Disease Risk

Nearly half of adolescents with lifelong HIV infection were found to have evidence of coronary artery atherosclerosis, putting them at elevated risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the December 23, 2013, advance edition of Circulation.

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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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