n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Selected highlights from the 8th conference on retroviruses and opportunistic infections




The HIV calendar is increasingly filled with conferences devoted to super-specialised aspects of HIV medicine. The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) remains one of the few scientific meetings devoted to excellence in the broader field of HIV infection. Each year, some 5 000 delegates undertake this expedition of scientific enquiry in the hope of expanding their knowledge, acquiring new skills and making a contribution to improving the quality of life of patients in their care. Some years bring exceptional news and exciting developments that translate into immediate clinical benefit At other times, the information presented is conceptual and intellectually challenging; these data invariably stimulate new areas of research that may not initially change clinical practice but that ultimately bring enlightenment and novel treatment strategies. The 8th CRGI, held earlier this year in Chicago, was of the latter type. Its content was wide-ranging, scholarly and reflective. The programme encompassed a wide range of topics with an emphasis on basic science and research. A few of the more clinically relevant issues have been selected for this article.


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