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UNAIDS Gap Report Finds Half of HIV+ People Worldwide Are Unaware of Status

Half of people living with HIV worldwide -- or approximately 19 million -- do not know they are infected, preventing them from receiving life-saving treatment and contributing to viral transmission, according to the latest UNAIDS Gap Report released in advance of the 20th International AIDS Conference last week in Melbourne. The report also outlines progress, including the 13 million people who had access to antiretroviral therapy at the end of 2013.

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CDC Publishes Revised HIV Surveillance Case Definition

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a revised surveillance case definition for HIV, published in the April 11, 2014, edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The new definition consolidates prior age-specific definitions into a single set of criteria for all age groups. The revised criteria also take into account improvements in diagnostic tests and a new classification for early infection.

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HIV+ People on ART May Match General Population Life Expectancy

Young adults with HIV in high-income countries who take effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) may live nearly as long as HIV negative people in the general population, according to findings from the NA-ACCORD collaboration published in the December 18, 2013, edition of PLoS ONE.

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Curbing HIV Among Drug Users Reduces AIDS and Death Among Heterosexuals

Counseling, testing, and harm reduction programs that reduce HIV transmission among people who inject drugs (PWID) as well as non-injecting drug users were associated with an overall reduction in rates of progression to AIDS and mortality among heterosexuals in U.S. cities, according to study described in the April edition of Annals of Epidemiology.

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UNAIDS Reports Progress Ahead of World AIDS Day

Sunday, December 1, is the 26th annual observance of World AIDS Day. In advance of the commemoration, UNAIDS issued its 2013 annual report, AIDS by the numbers, showing that most areas of the world have seen accelerated progress against the epidemic, but some are falling behind. The U.S. Congress last week passed the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013, extending international HIV/AIDS funding for another 5 years.

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