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Good Antiretroviral Therapy Outcomes for a Challenging Patient Population

Today's state-of-the-art antiretroviral therapy (ART) can suppress HIV viral load to an undetectable level in most patients, even when looking at an urban population with demographic and socioeconomic characteristics that have been linked to poor treatment outcomes in the past, according to a report in the September 2011 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.alt

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New U.S. HIV Infections Hold Steady Overall, but Double among Young Black Gay Men

HIV incidence remained stable in the U.S. at around 50,000 new cases between 2006 and 2009, according to a report in the August 3, 2011, online edition of PLoS ONE. But the overall numbers hide some major disparities. People of color and men who have sex with men continue to be most heavily impacted, with incidence among young black gay men rising by nearly 50%.

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Gender, Race, and Geographic Disparities in HIV/AIDS Outcomes

Women, blacks, and people living in the southern U.S. had poorer HIV treatment outcomes than other groups, according to a study of more than 2000 seroconverters described in the February 15, 2011 Journal of Infectious Diseases. People from these disadvantaged populations were less likely to start antiretroviral therapy (ART) and more likely to experience HIV/AIDS-related events over 8 years of follow-up; those who started treatment, however, responded equally well after the first 6 months.

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CROI 2011: Do Black Patients Respond Less Well to Antiretroviral Therapy?

African-Americans had a 40% greater likelihood of virological failure on antiretroviral therapy even after controlling for known risk factors, according to a meta-analysis of ACTG trials presented at CROI 2011.

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New Report Outlines Persistent Health Disparities in U.S.

Health disparities based on race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status remain a persistent problem in the U.S. despite efforts to combat them, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the January 14, 2011, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report supplement. Infant mortality remains higher among African-Americans, poor people spend more days sick than those with higher incomes, and disparities in HIV infection rates are widening, with blacks and gay/bisexual men bearing the greatest burden.

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