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Hepatitis C Deaths Now Outnumber Deaths from HIV; Screening Cost-Effective for Baby Boomers

More people are now dying due to hepatitis C than due to HIV in the U.S., according to CDC researchers, a shift attributable to both the aging of "baby boomers" infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) many years ago and the large reduction in HIV/AIDS-related mortality; hepatitis B deaths, however, are far lower than either hepatitis C or HIV. Another recent study showed that HCV screening for everyone in the 45-65 age range is likely to be cost-effective.alt

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UNAIDS Report Shows More People on ART but Funding Loss Threatens Progress

In advance of World AIDS Day on December 1, the UNAIDS released its annual report on the state of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The latest figures show that while more people than ever are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), further progress is jeopardized by cut-backs in funding worldwide.alt

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Increased Risk of Death for HIV+ People Mostly Due to Modifiable Risk Factors

Elevated mortality among people with HIV is largely attributable to risk factors that are modifiable before or during antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to the latest findings from the Danish HIV cohort published in the July 25, 2011, online edition of PLoS Medicine.alt

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AASLD 2011: Deaths Due to Hepatitis C Now Exceed HIV Deaths

Deaths related to hepatitis C virus (HCV) and its complications have exceeded deaths due to HIV/AIDS since 2007, according to an analysis by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Liver Meeting (AASLD 2011) last week in San Francisco.alt

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HIV-2 Remains Rare in the U.S., Says CDC Report

Fewer than 200 cases meeting the CDC's definition of HIV-2 infection were reported between 1988 and 2010, accounting for only 0.01% of all HIV cases, according to a study described in the July 29, 2011, issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. About half these cases were in New York City, mostly among people from West Africa.

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