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CDC Experts Present Innovative Research at CROI in Boston

CROI Conference - March 4 - 7 at Hynes Concention Center in Boston

From March 4-7, experts from CDC’s Division of Global HIV & TB (DGHT) will attend the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston, Massachusetts. CROI brings together top researchers from around the world to share the latest studies, important developments, and the best research methods in the global fight against HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and related infectious diseases. Nearly 40 abstracts from DGHT experts were accepted on various topics, including CDC’s efforts to address HIV/TB co-infection, our work to combat drug-resistant TB, and the most recent data from CDC-supported surveys highlighting the impact of global efforts to control HIV. Here are just a few of the highlights:


Progress Toward 90-90-90: 2016 Lesotho Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment Results

Experts from DGHT’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, and International Laboratory Branch and CDC-Lesotho co-authored an abstract highlighting the results from the Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) in Lesotho that show progress towards achieving global 90-90-90 targets for HIV control. These PHIA results are helping to inform future programs to confront the global epidemic, and focus country efforts and resources for maximal impact and efficiency.


Expanded HIV Testing in Areas with High HIV Burden

Under Kenya’s current guidelines, clients who have tested negative for HIV in the past 3 to 12 months are not eligible to be retested at government health facilities. CDC-Kenya’s Kisumu and Nairobi teams analyzed how expanded testing eligibility influenced HIV diagnosis rates in three counties in Western Kenya, The new findings reveal important insights for accelerating epidemic control in areas greatly affected by HIV.


Finding and Treating TB to Extend the Lives of People Living with HIV

This session will explore whether interventions to identify cases of tuberculosis and help people complete their treatments could extend the lives of those on antiretroviral therapy (ART). DGHT’s Atlanta and Botswana-based teams led this new study in collaboration with the Botswana Ministry of Health and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Researchers investigated the effects of intensified efforts to diagnose TB and trace patients with missed clinic appointments on patients undergoing ART in Botswana.


All CROI conference sessions will also be available by webcast on the conference website.


Conference Resources

Please see the following resources on CDC’s efforts to fight HIV and TB globally:

CDC’s Global HIV Overview

A historical look at CDC’s leadership, reach, innovation and impact in the global fight against HIV


CDC Global TB Factsheet

Illustrates the burden of TB around the world and CDC’s response


CDC Global HIV Factsheet

Shows the burden of HIV worldwide and CDC’s efforts to address the epidemic


Success Stories

Read more about CDC’s lifesaving global HIV and TB work in action