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KQED health program explores HIV/AIDS in California

Californians living with HIV/AIDS and the pioneering research on the virus are the focus of KQED's latest Health Dialogues, which debuted last night.

On the show, guest host Sarah Varney discusses how public health officials now view HIV in California as a chronic disease to be managed, the growing population of elderly HIV-positive patients and the disproportionate rate of HIV infection among African-Americans. The program also features a segment on scientists' efforts to develop an HIV vaccine and new methods of controlling the virus, which is particularly interesting in light of promising results from a recent microbicide gel study and the controversial Thai vaccine trial.

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