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Issue No. 24 | June 8, 2012

News and Features

Study Suggests HIV Superinfection in Uganda May Be More Common than Previously Thought

“HIV superinfection, when a person with HIV could acquire a second, new strain of HIV, may occur as often as initial HIV infection in the general population in Uganda, a study suggests.

“Since researchers demonstrated more than a decade ago that a person infected with HIV could subsequently acquire a second, new strain of HIV, there has been little agreement in the scientific community as to how often HIV superinfection occurs. Previous studies have found HIV superinfection to be relatively frequent among individuals who engaged in high-risk behaviors, but the rate of superinfection in general populations remained unclear. The new study, supported in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the National Institutes of Health, offers some evidence about the likelihood."

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News from FDA

Recent announcements from FDA include the following:

Updated Darunavir (Prezista) Label

New Website on Microbicide Development

Join AIDSinfo in Observing Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

June 8, 2012, marks the seventh annual observance of Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in Caribbean communities in the United States and its territories.

According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Caribbean has been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. The adult HIV prevalence rate in the Caribbean is approximately 1%, which is higher than in any other region in the world outside of sub-Saharan Africa. However, HIV prevalence rates vary considerably among Caribbean countries, ranging between 0.1% and 3.1%, depending on the country.

For information and resources about HIV/AIDS and Caribbean communities, visit the AIDSinfo webpage highlighting Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day [en español].