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Despite gains, the sobering reality is that HIV transmission-- primarily via sexual means--continues at an unacceptably high rate in the United States.

The flu vaccine effectively prevents influenza in pregnant women, regardless of whether they are HIV positive, according to a new study. Results offer clinicians greater assurance to vaccinate all pregnant woman.

HIV-infected patients have a 2-fold increased risk for MI vs HIV-negative patients. While many are treated for common risk factors, many of those do not reach clinical targets.

In patients with HIV infection, early linkage to and retention in continuous HIV medical care are the most important components of care shown to improve health outcomes in this population.1 In the United States, approximately 7

A once daily MVC plus DRV/r regimen had an effective role in antiretroviral drug-pretreated individuals with controlled HIV infection in this trial. In an aging HIV-infected population, with increasing comorbidities, this combination could be a safer option than standard triple therapy. More here.

It now seems probable that most people with HCV infection can be cured—even if they are co-infected with HIV. But the "cost" of cure is expensive. This author concludes that many new regimens are cost effective and should not be withheld or made difficult to obtain by insurance companies and other payors.

A pseudo-tampon that delivers an antiretroviral drug is now being studied as a form of pre-exposure prophylaxis for women at high risk for HIV infection.

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