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PLoS Publishes Free Special Collection on HIV Care and Prevention for Sex Workers

PLoS, publisher of open-access research, has announced a special collection of articles on the health of female sex workers, focusing on delivery and scale-up of HIV care and prevention interventions. UNAIDS and other organizations have recognized sex workers as of the key affected populations in the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Triple Antiretroviral Therapy Best for Preventing Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

A 3-drug regimen containing lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra) plus 2 nucleoside/nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) was more effective at preventing perinatal HIV transmission than taking a single drug during pregnancy, another during labor, and 2 more after delivery, according to findings from the PROMISE study.

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October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day(NLAAD), an opportunity to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among Latino and Hispanic people in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while Latinos/Hispanics make up approximately 16% of the total U.S. population, they accounted for about 21% of all new HIV infections in 2010. The incidence rate for Latinos is about 3 times higher than that of whites, with a majority of cases occurring among young men who have sex with men.

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People with HIV and Uninfected People Diagnosed with Age-related Diseases at Similar Ages

HIV positive people are more likely than HIV negative individuals to have heart attacks and develop end-stage kidney disease and non-AIDS cancers in the era of effective antiretroviral therapy, but they do so at around the same ages, on average, according to study of U.S. veterans published in the October 30 edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Half Untreated, Most Unaware of PrEP

Only 50% of gay and bi men diagnosed with HIV have started antiretroviral treatment and 42% have achieved undetectable viral load, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released ahead of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on September 27. A related survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that while gay and bi men see HIV as a top health issue, a majority do not get tested regularly and most do not know about pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.

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