The Body PRO covers CROI 2009


Featured Coverage

Mari Kitahata, M.D., and Jonathan Sterne, M.D. Ever Upward: "When to Start" Debate Turns to CD4+ Cell Count of 500
Dueling studies -- one presented by Mari Kitahata, M.D., the other by Jonathan Sterne, M.D. -- offer strikingly different views on the benefits of HAART initiation at a CD4+ threshold of 500. However, both appear to solidify the wisdom of starting therapy before CD4+ cell count drops below 350.
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HIV Treatment StrategiesComplications & Coinfections
The Next Generation of Boosters: Promising Data on Potential Alternatives to Ritonavir

Brian Kearney, Pharm.D.Brian Kearney, Pharm.D., of Gilead Sciences Inc., and Robert Guttendorf, Ph.D., of Sequoia Pharmaceuticals discuss encouraging findings from early human trials on a pair of pharmacokinetic enhancers whose utility could potentially extend far beyond protease inhibitor boosting.

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Jens Lundgren, M.D., Discusses New Findings Regarding MI Risk of Specific Antiretrovirals

Jens Lundgren, M.D.The latest data from D:A:D indicate that lopinavir/
ritonavir does increase myocardial infarction risk, but efavirenz, nevirapine and tenofovir do not. In this interview, Jens Lundgren, M.D., and HIV advocate Jeff Berry take part in a fascinating discussion on the new findings and their possible underlying causes.

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TransmissionDeveloping World
Potentially Infectious Levels of Intermittent HIV Shedding Can Occur in Seminal Fluid Despite Years of Suppressive HAART, Research Suggests

Prameet ShethPrameet Sheth and Anne-Genevieve Marcelin, Pharm.D., Ph.D., offer the latest salvo in the fervent debate triggered by the release of the so-called "Swiss statement" in 2008. These findings suggest that a male patient can experience spontaneous, periodic shedding of HIV into his seminal fluid despite having consistently undetectable viral load levels in his blood.

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High HIV Prevalence Found Among Male Partners of Thai Sex Workers

Neha Shah, M.D., M.P.H.Using a unique (and highly effective) means of recruitment, Neha Shah, M.D., M.P.H., colleagues discovered HIV prevalence rates of 20% or greater among male clients of female sex workers in Thailand. Among non-paying partners of those sex workers, Shah et al noted only slightly lower prevalence rates -- as well as inconsistent levels of condom use.

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About This Conference

The Body PRO's coverage of the 16th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2009) will include a wide array of individual presentations and symposia, as well as summaries of some of the hottest topics in HIV research.

For more information on CROI 2009, please visit the conference's Web site. You may also view the conference program planner online.

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Expert CROI Interviews

A Review of Cardiovascular Disease and HIV: Highlights From CROI 2009
David Wohl, M.D.David Wohl, M.D., provides a detailed summary.

Which CROI 2009 Studies Are Most Likely to Impact Clinical Care?
Joel Gallant, M.D., M.P.H.Tune in as Joel Gallant, M.D., M.P.H., one of the United States' foremost HIV experts, walks us through some of the most important findings regarding HIV treatment strategies presented at CROI 2009.

Conference Roundup: A Lively Discussion of CROI 2009's Headlines
Join HIV clinician/researcher Pablo Tebas, M.D., and a pair of prominent HIV treatment advocates, Rob Camp and Bob Munk, as they chat with The Body PRO's editorial director Bonnie Goldman about some of the big stories coming out of CROI 2009. Available as an online article and podcast!

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