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CROI 2014: Maternal Deaths Due to HIV Not Declining Despite PMTCT Successes In South Africa

Improvements in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in South Africa are not translating into a reduction in maternal deaths due to HIV infection, according to a 15-year review of data from a large district referral hospital in Johannesburg, researchers reported at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2014) last week in Boston. In particular, the audit found that there has been no change in the proportion of maternal deaths caused by HIV since 2007, and over three-quarters of women with HIV who died had never started antiretroviral therapy (ART).

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CROI 2014: Men Not Benefiting as Much as Women from HIV Treatment in Africa [VIDEO]

Scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) has led to a much larger reduction in mortality for women than for men, according to a report presented at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2014) this week in Boston.

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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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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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Doctors & Advocates Demand Better Health Coverage for HIV & Hepatitis

Coverage of preferred drugs in treatment guidelines, access to expert providers, lower co-pays, and clarity about patient assistance programs are among the steps HIV medical providers and patient advocates recommend to ensure that people with HIV and hepatitis C receive adequate care and treatment under the Affordable Care Act, according to separate statements released this week.alt

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