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Saturday is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Saturday, February 7, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), an opportunity to raise awareness about the disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS among African Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African Americans represent approximately 12% of the U.S. population, but accounted for 44% of new HIV infections and 43% of all people living with HIV in 2010.

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7. AIDS Long-Term Survivors and Aging with HIV

Long-term survivors of the AIDS epidemic continued to make news in 2014, with the first-ever National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day. There was more confirmation that people who start HIV treatment early may have a life expectancy matching that of uninfected individuals, but older people with HIV face health issues including cardiovascular disease and frailty.

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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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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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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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