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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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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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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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HIV Infections Fall by 33% Overall, 52% Among Children Since 2001, Says UNAIDS

HIV incidence, or new infections, have decreased by more than one-third overall and by half among children over the past decade, and widening access to antiretroviral therapy has helped push AIDS-related mortality down by 30% since its peak in 2005, according to a new report released today by UNAIDS. The report also looks at HIV/AIDS funding, legal restrictions on people with HIV, and other challenges to ending the epidemic.

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