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The Body Covers:
The 5th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
Chicago, Illinois

February 1-5, 1998

The 5th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections is sponsored by the Foundation for Retrovirology and Human Health in scientific collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Retrovirus Conference is a research meeting created to provide a forum for basic and clinical science investigators to present, discuss, and critique developments in the field of human retrovirology and related opportunistic complications. The retroviral subjects that will be highlighted are: biology and virology, pathogenesis, host-virus interactions, pathology, immunology, epidemiology, diagnostics, prevention, therapy, pharmacology, and vaccines. In addition, new studies concerning the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of HIV-associated opportunistic infections and malignancies will be included.

Following are selected conference summaries reported exclusively for The Body by Kent Sepkowitz, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Cornell University Medical College, New York, and Assistant Physician and Associate Chairman Clinical Affairs, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

The Seattle Treatment Education Project (STEP), publisher of the treatment newsletter STEP Perspective, is providing additional conference summaries. STEP reporters include: Jeff Schouten, M.D., Chairman, Scientific Review Committee, STEP; Brian Coppedge, Treatment Information Specialist, STEP; Donna Rochon, Editor, RITA!; and Paul Simmons, RN, The Center for AIDS, Houston, TX.

Funding for this conference coverage at The Body is provided, in part, through an unrestricted educational grant by Bristol-Myers Squibb Immunology.

Conference Summaries

Opening Session Highlights
Covered by the Seattle Treatment Education Project (STEP)

Monday, February 2, 1998

Tuesday, February 3, 1998

Wednesday, February 4, 1998

Conference-Related Articles

From comprehensive coverage of the 5th Retroviruses Conference, including audio and visual materials, visit the conference site at

Please note: Knowledge about HIV changes rapidly. Note the date of this summary's publication, and before treating patients or employing any therapies described in these materials, verify all information independently. If you are a patient, please consult a doctor or other medical professional before acting on any of the information presented in this summary. For a complete listing of our most recent conference coverage, click here.