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November 29th, 2011
03:47 PM ET

HIV out of control in most U.S. patients

Three out of four people with HIV in the United States do not have their infection under control, even though anti-HIV drugs have been available for more than 15 years, according to a study released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“That’s a very poor rate. We have to do much better than that,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Keeping HIV under control is crucial not only for the 1.2 million people in the United States who carry the infection, but also for their sexual partners. Suppressing the virus decreases the chances it will be transmitted to a sexual partner by more than 95%, Fauci said.

“Treatment is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of HIV infection."

There are many reasons why only 28% of people with HIV have the virus under control. According to the CDC, 20% of people with HIV don’t even know they have it, and among those who’ve been diagnosed, only half are receiving regular care for their disease.

Many can’t afford treatment for their HIV, which totals about $367,000 over a lifetime, according to the CDC.

Since testing is the first step in receiving the proper care, the CDC is targeting specific high-risk groups. The agency has a new program called “Testing Makes Us Stronger” that encourages gay and bisexual black men to get tested for the virus.

“Black gay and bisexual men across the country are already doing many of the right things to protect themselves - but more need to make HIV testing a regular part of their lives,” Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and Tuberculosis Prevention, said in a press release.

The website HIVtest.org helps people find testing - including free testing - where they live.

There were high hopes that women could use a gel to destroy the HIV virus, or at least reduce its chances of causing infections. But this week the National Institutes of Health announced that the gel, which contains the drug tenofovir, worked no better than a placebo, so this particular arm of  the study was shut down.  

The gel is supposed to be applied to the vagina or rectum before sex, and Fauci said he suspects many of the women weren’t using it.

“The fact that we didn’t see protection was a disappointment,” he added. 

Researchers are still studying if tenofovir in pill form combined with another HIV drug, emtricitabine, can safely and effectively prevent HIV transmission in women.


soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Roman

    Tulls are gross. Leave the pooooooo hole aloooonnnnneeeeeee.

    November 29, 2011 at 21:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Suelen

      Most people who have HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS, have no spyotmms for several years. Some people get flu spyotmms within a few months after infection, but there is no way to tell the difference between flu spyotmms caused by HIV and flu spyotmms caused by flu.Testing can detect antibodies to HIV within 3 to 6 months after someone gets infected. (More than 98% of people who have HIV would test positive within 3 months. Very rarely, it may take up to 6 months for someone to test positive.)IMPORTANT: Within a day or 2 after someone is infected, they can pass the virus on to other people. This is long before spyotmms would appear, and before they would test positive. Also, HIV is not transmitted 100% of the time. Someone may be exposed to HIV several times and not get infected. However, it is also possible for someone to get infected by just ONE exposure.

      October 11, 2012 at 20:38 | Report abuse |
  2. jb

    I work in ER as a crisis worker. My take: The government, the powers that be have an insidious, chilling agenda...Let them die! Little effort has ever really been put into tackling this issue outside the drug companies and their money making agendas as its been largely considered to be about drug addicts and gays. So why bother? Like mental health, its always bottom of the pile. The US doesn't want them anyway, I care, but they don't and won't. That's the crux of the matter.

    November 29, 2011 at 21:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Brian

    Ronald Reagan had a hand in this epidemic. He cut funding for diagnosis and research just as the epidemic was getting started. He said that research in AIDS was "too much guvment."

    November 29, 2011 at 21:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Katie

    Remember that the GOP insists health care is a privilege, not a right, and that only the unborn deserve to live.

    November 29, 2011 at 21:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. PaulK

    My partner has been living with HIV for about 30 years and is very healthy and I have had it for about 10 years and am also healthy. I was in the military when I was younger and so I have VA medical that pays for my drugs and my partner is using the Ryan White program for his. We take good care of ourselves and eat right and take our meds, so we've been nondetectable for many years with no problems so far. I do feel sorry for anyone that doesn't have a system in place to pay for the meds because they can be expensive, but there are many programs out there that can help and should be looked into. One guy talked about colodial silver and we have a friend that has been off of his meds for about 5 years and takes silver and is also very healthy. His doctor is amazed and can't explain it. So maybe that would be an option for those who can't afford it.

    November 29, 2011 at 21:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. humberto

    In 2002, the five most expensive health conditions were heart disease, cancer, trauma, mental disorders, and pulmonary conditions

    68% of the people in the usa have high blood presure
    4%  cancer 
    15.4% physical disability      trauma
    3.5%   mental disorders
    6%          pulmonary conditions
    -–
    97% of the people in the USA have an expensive health condition –  leaving 3% of the people to make up the difference –
    that healthcare pyrimide scam isn't going to work either -

    November 29, 2011 at 21:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • us1776

      You cannot just add up those numbers. Which I dispute btw.

      November 29, 2011 at 21:44 | Report abuse |
  7. doug

    i'm very confused ... paragraph 1 says that 3 out of 4 folks who are hiv+ don't have the virus under control ... paragraph 5 says that 28% don't have the virus under control ... which is correct?

    November 29, 2011 at 21:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Keith

      Doug, paragraph 5 says:

      "There are many reasons why only 28% of people with HIV have the virus under control."

      That squares with 72%, or approximately three quarters, not under control.

      November 29, 2011 at 23:24 | Report abuse |
    • Blake

      The 28% is the number of people that DO have it under control. The remaining 72% (approximately 3 out of 4) do not.

      November 30, 2011 at 01:17 | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    The state of Washington has recently, since the beginning oof the year has cut lots of medical programs. An Ex boyfriend, HIV positive had been on state medical assistance since being diagnosed. He was receiving free medical care and medication only related to his HIV, he also received basic dental. Several months ago Washington state, and I can only speak on his case discontinued paying for his medication, which varied in price since he tested positive to cost anywhere from $1,200 to $1,800 per month. They discontinued the medication services which is the most important but will continue his medical and dental. If he does not take the meds his viral load and CD4 numbers will get worse, therefore causing increase office and hospital visits, increased labs and xrays and maybe other expensive proceduresm Now, how the heck does that make any sense? Also didn't Obama pass a law saying there can be no more insurance problems related to pre-exisiting conditions?

    November 29, 2011 at 21:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • quiturcomplainingitisstressinmeout

      it doesn't go into affect (the pre-existing cond part) until '14. let's hope the GOP isn't ignorant enuf to get rid of it

      November 30, 2011 at 16:31 | Report abuse |
  9. Mikzy

    It really sucks that this is true. I'm a premed student so I take a particularly interest in all kinds of diseases. HIV I've always found to be the most impressive. The virus has the ability to incorporate itself into a host's DNA to delay detection. It can also change it's protein binding structure to avoid detection, then it attacks the helper T cells which initiate the immune response. And the way it's spread, it's ability to evolve are also amazing to me. Technically viruses are not alive but I find HIV to be the second most impressive form of "life" on this planet; second only to humans. It's quite horrible what it will do to a person, and anyone afflicted has my deepest sympathies.

    November 29, 2011 at 21:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Sudhir Kumar

    Try getting the drug mailed from India. I bet it costs less than $100 a month for your supply. That's where Bill gates got it for his trials on Aids in Africa. These drug companies are rip offs. Their research is 100% funded by taxpayers money.

    November 29, 2011 at 21:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Saboth

    Well duh. America is way behind most other countries when it comes to providing medical care for its citizens. Like...37 out of 190. Fun facts: we are behind countries like Chile and Costa Rica, but at least we are slightly ahead of Slovenia. And this is from a list produced 10 years ago. We are probably more like 60 now. Time to stop drinking Republican's and Big Pharma's Kool-Aid. People love to spout off about how we lead the world in healthcare, but we only lead it in developing profitable procedures. Unless you have the $$$, it doesn't do you jack squat good (and good luck if you have a rare disorder or in a minority, because unless they can juice your bank account, insurance companies and pharma don't want anything to do with you or developing a cure for whatever you have).

    November 29, 2011 at 21:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Keith

      If you find those other countries so far superior to the U.S., buy a plane ticket an move, assuming they will let you in.

      Truth is, thousands upon thousands of people from the countries you mention are willing to risk their lives and entire fortunes to get HERE.... for some reason.

      November 29, 2011 at 23:28 | Report abuse |
    • us1776

      Keith, give it a rest. Or maybe we should ship all you fascists to some fascist country.

      Saboth, you make very good points. Our healthcare system should have never started out as a "for-profit" system. It invited nothing but greed and abuse. Channeled monies only to those areas where "profit" could be produced rather than overall health of the nation being the goal. There are so many common neglected diseases that have very limited treatment options b/c there is "no money" in developing those treatments. And millions suffer b/c of this.

      .

      November 30, 2011 at 10:47 | Report abuse |
  12. MeanBean

    Maybe they got it wrong? Many scientists don't believe HIV causes AIDS. There are many, many AIDS cases where no HIV virus is detectable. The CDC doesn't call it AIDS if they can't detect HIV, as that would ruin their theory.

    November 29, 2011 at 21:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike

      Not many, but a few and most of them have lost credibility. Are they wrong? Maybe not, but their is more evidence to support HIV causing AIDS than not.

      November 29, 2011 at 22:11 | Report abuse |
    • Service provider

      Mean Bean, try looking up the definition of AIDS. When a person's CD4 count goes below 200, they have AIDS. Its a benchmark, not a completely different virus. Or, its when an Opportunistic infection shows up that is related only to HIV/AIDS. Do your homework before posting ignorant statements.

      November 30, 2011 at 06:57 | Report abuse |
  13. PozNSF

    The insane cost, lack of doctor familiarity, stigma and lack of testing all contribute. Were it not for ADAP I have no idea what I would do. I started reacting badly to one drug a while back and had to change meds. To do this the Dr. took me off all of them for a few weeks. My viral load skyrocketed and I got very sick. Gratefully we were able to switch meds to something I can tolerate for now. The sad part is just because it works now doesn't mean over the long haul the body might start to react badly to a medication. I hope I never lose my ability to obtain the meds or have to change again. It took months to fully recover from the horrible re-infection. Yeah, calling it "manageable" is a stretch at best. Even with a drug regimen that works there are still issues, side effects and many illnesses to which you will always be more susceptible.

    November 29, 2011 at 21:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Abresh

    These drugs are EXPENSIVE. With all due respect, without a nationalized health insurance that is affordable, how are these people supposed to afford these drugs? The answer: They cannot.
    We either need less expensive private insurance (mine is 390-425 a month, yes, it fluctuates) or we need a nationalized option.

    November 29, 2011 at 21:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. B.Ives. G.

    It's interesting how she make it seems like African Americans men are the only group of people who need special help and treatment. Talking about "There's a program set up to help African American Gay men fight the disease." What about whites folks? And other groups? All i'm saying is all victims of AIDS need medical help to prevent the spreading of the virus. No specific group deserve more help than the other. In fact. there are more whites with AIDS than any other group in the United States. How many percent of the U.S population is white? How many are African American, Latino, Asian and so...? Which group has the highest probability of spreading the disease? Are there more black gay men than whites??? Go do more research and revise commentary ethics ...please.

    November 29, 2011 at 22:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sabrine

      church prayer mgitenes.entertainment through day,nite. reading for current newsetc.allow ones suitable to plant flowers,also arrange florals for inside concentration games such dominos,bingo. .

      October 14, 2012 at 01:54 | Report abuse |
  16. Mojo

    Medicine should be affordable for people and not cost so much. Its kinda sad,that some people can't afford their medication.

    November 29, 2011 at 22:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ouma

      Awesome!!!! Great job Todd & Bonnie!! Any chance I could get you to Kansas City to do this ttrseneapion? It is very much needed here to open the eyes of not just HIV-positive people but negative folks as well, actually more so for our negative counterparts. Fantastic job!!! So proud to know you Todd!! Rock on!!

      April 9, 2012 at 05:37 | Report abuse |
  17. KALI

    I have never seen such wickedness spread through this man made disease. And the medication is just as deadly. Prayer for everyone who has contracted and suffered from this.

    November 29, 2011 at 22:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Keith

      Yes, it is man made: Man on man.

      The epidemic is, and is sustained, by man's irresponsible behavior. Nothing will stem it except by becoming responsible. We can't keep blaming other people: Reagan, drug companies, politicians, etc. Look in the mirror.

      November 29, 2011 at 23:31 | Report abuse |
  18. tonyl

    It is shameful that USA is the only western democracy not having it's people able to afford the medication and medical help needed to save their lives. This is truly the out of control greed by the drug companies and medical personnel including insurance companies doctors and hospitals make humungous profits on the suffering of the most vulnerable in our society poor sick people. The sickness and disease should not be based on profits instead should be a right to be offered basic healthcare as a national need for it's citizens.

    November 29, 2011 at 22:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. James

    If most drugs are developed with government (read: YOUR money) money via the NIH, then why are pharma companies allowed to own them outright? In truth the patent should belong to the American people. Take that!

    November 29, 2011 at 23:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Maltese Falcon

    OK, so where is the comment? I don't see it.

    November 29, 2011 at 23:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Maltese Falcon

    Sounds like the Government could easily transfer $10 Billion from the useless space programme over to this problem in the domestic United States.

    November 29, 2011 at 23:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chartreuxe

      The 'useless' space program? Where do you think MRIs, CT scans and velcro came from? The auto industry? Many of the lifesaving innovations we depend upon today came from the 'useless' space program.

      November 30, 2011 at 08:30 | Report abuse |
    • Sokratic Oath

      Better to tax the useless millionaires-billionaires and then end the useless foreign subsidies. Space program is America's best future and one of the best hopes for the benefits of Western culture to expand beyond the mean prejudices that hold humanity back from achieving more noble things. Science is space, science is medicine, science is humanity's hope and one of God's great gifts.

      November 30, 2011 at 13:38 | Report abuse |
    • Robbie from Boston

      Perhaps our space program, which was, once upon a time, a driving force in our booming aerospace, engineering, and computer industries, has been cut enough. For everything it provided us, from critical modern services (satellite communication, GPS, modern military technology) to inspiring multiple generations of young engineers and providing a beacon of worldwide admiration, NASA was probably one of the best uses of taxpayer money in the history of mankind.

      December 1, 2011 at 11:52 | Report abuse |
    • T.rex

      Velcro is now life-saving? Now, i've heard it all... Maybe if Dr. Hannibal's Lecter's straightjacket used velcro i'd see your point... Wait, even then, he'd still break out.

      December 1, 2011 at 12:58 | Report abuse |
  22. Maltese Falcon

    Zaire sold uranium to China so they could build their first atom bomb. So what.
    Many Islamic countries don't like Israel stealing the West Bank from the Palestinians. So what.
    Therefore, the biological warfare is not necessary.

    November 29, 2011 at 23:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chartreuxe

      Using your logic, the US belongs to Native Americans because whites stole it from them. That's valid, right? Or is it insane troll logic?

      November 30, 2011 at 08:32 | Report abuse |
  23. Rob

    Ladies and gentleman I want to first say how great it is to read your comments and see so many people are passionate about doing there part to produce a positive outcome for all americans and mankind as a whole. I do not have HIV however I perform my due diligence and get tested every six months. Having said that the dollar amount the CDC claims a person will spend in a lifetime purchasing meds is unbelievable. I agree with the majority of you when its said that HIV should be considered a matter of public safety. Medications should be free to all under that ideology. Unfortunately we all know money and power rules the world. With this economic climate politicians see this as another bill for the people to foot. Not getting off topic obama care as it stands sucks but I was under the impression that the end result would be that every american would have medical coverage and it wouldn't be a luxury for just the wealthy thereby making meds for HIV affordable for all! That is where I thought that measure would go. The other point I wanted to make was in reference to pharmaceutical companies. The coldest words I have ever been told is there is no profit in a cure! If I'm a ceo of a pharmaceutical company what will make me more money? A cure or new and invasive medications/procedures that will allow an infant to live a comfortable life with this disease until there in there golden years! That is the issue they face. To hear that ?millions of americans get innfected everyday makes there eyes light up with dollar signs like a cartoon! These are just a couple of my concerns. Thanks for reading.
    Rob

    November 30, 2011 at 00:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • scruffy

      well said, sir.

      in regards to "there is no profit in a cure", couldn't agree more. those are some very cold and disturbing words.

      November 30, 2011 at 15:18 | Report abuse |
  24. d Man

    Magic Johnson and/or his insurance companies have spent over 240,000 on HIV medications so far. That doesn't count blood work or doctors visits, just medication. That's based on $1,000 a month for medications. Money is an issue, but so is the stigma. You can't serve in the US military (combat or otherwise), you can't be a truck driver instructor for CR England in Utah, and the Pope along with his other zealot goons wish HIV+ dead on the regular. It's no wonder we can't get people tested. The HIV pandemic is a self inflicted wound by societies inability to control it's fear mongering.

    November 30, 2011 at 04:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. d Man

    One of societies greatest challenges is realize that it has a hate problem. The idea isn't to point the hate beam of judgement at groups that deserve it, the idea is to realize you've got a hate problem and that you need to turn off the hate beam. In the worst case you should be pointing your hate beam at yourself.

    November 30, 2011 at 04:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. bmiinfo

    I found it interesting to read this blog. Wants to know if readers respond to this blog.

    November 30, 2011 at 10:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bmiinfo

      healthy bmi

      November 30, 2011 at 10:33 | Report abuse |
  27. Anon E. Mouse

    Science is on the verge of putting HIV into the same category as thousands of other organism that coexist in our body without seriously damaging the host. Stem cell research is already getting us there. We would have conquered many such diseases already except ex-Prez Bush's ban on Fed funding of stem cell research. Science has overcome that "ethic" that preferred letting others suffer and die to experimenting on dead human tissue.

    November 30, 2011 at 11:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. bbygirl11

    They need to get there HIV under control because they can die if they dont do anything about it!!!

    November 30, 2011 at 12:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. TWR2422

    The reality is that the greedy pharmaceutical companies will never create a viable vaccine for HIV because they would lose too much money..These medications can cost up to $1400.00/monthly..How many vaccines have been created in the last 25-30 years?? It's all about GREED

    November 30, 2011 at 14:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • toddflanders

      Another conspiracy nut. Don't you know vaccines cause autism??? Drug companies poison people with vaccines. They make people sick so they can make more money. In case you can't tell, this is sarcasm. Try doing some research and educate yourself.

      November 30, 2011 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
    • T.rex

      Todd. how is that conspiracy? Its simple business. Please counter what the person said rather than invoke the autism debate. A company making $1400 a month per patient is not going to be motivated to create a one-time cure. Why would they? Businesses are in the business of making money, not being altruistic.

      December 1, 2011 at 13:11 | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      1400 no try up to 3000 US dollars a month i know because that how much my medication is and thank to God im undetectable since i started the treatment. I think so many who tries the medication cant take the side effects that's why they drop off the medication I know cause that almost was me. But my family and God told me to deal with it and try and live a productive life. Everyday its a struggle but I'm working on trying to improve myself now instead of just partying all the time mind you I'm 25 so it a struggle

      December 1, 2011 at 19:37 | Report abuse |
  30. toddflanders

    Here's the issue with HIV: we all know how it's transmitted and what we need to do to not put ourselves at risk. Wear a condom, don't share needles etc.... There does not need to be 1 new HIV case in this day and age. If people are too stupid or lazy to protect themselves, and then still don't want to do anything to fight the infection, then TS. I guess they die due to their own stupidity.

    November 30, 2011 at 17:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • youkiddingme

      you have to be kidding me with that bull. I was infected by HIV by someone I was monogamously dating for years. Little did i know he would cheap on me once and pass it along. We were tested together originally and made a vow not to cheat. How was that my fault for keeping my end of the promise? Thousands of people were unknowing infected through blood transfusions in the 80's, are they stupid too? should they die too? You are the idiot.

      November 30, 2011 at 22:54 | Report abuse |
  31. anon

    I can't explain why, but it just chills my blood that a cure hasn't been found yet, even though the medical world has worked on this feverishly for almost thirty years.

    November 30, 2011 at 18:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. tmc

    Vaccines are still a very necessary next step. Perhaps immunity focusing protiens can enhance recognition of the virus to prevent cell infection. Similar work has shown success in the spread of cancer and DNA manipulation or a combination of strategies that make "T" cells more resilient to broad spectrum of viruses. Until recently the work has been to focus on specific cancers, diseases and auto-immune problems. Free blood tests should be offered twice each year, regardless of ability to pay in addition to regular swab tests.

    November 30, 2011 at 18:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. larry5

    If you test positive you can get complete care for free and very good care at that. Rob a bank but don't hurt anyone in the process.

    December 1, 2011 at 05:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. david

    I can see by some of the comments stupidity still has a place in the world. anyone can catch hiv, even jim

    December 1, 2011 at 10:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. PELICANSNOUT

    Back in the late 80s and early 90s, there was risk of not being aware of how to avoid contracting this disease, because it was still slightly new to some people. Unless your are born with it these days, the chances that you personally are at least somewhat responsible for contraction are great. That doesn't mean you should be forgotten about though, and the key factor to bring to light is the mechanism the 'system' uses is no longer sufficient to care for the sick. That is why this information in the article is being promulgated, so don't use this board as a chance for a cheap-shot comment, as I'm certain none of us on Earth have yet to cast a first stone.

    December 1, 2011 at 10:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. david

    I see not alll posts are not getting on here. I guess cnn only lets on what it wants. as someone who has had hiv from the early 80`s thats a shame.

    December 1, 2011 at 11:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Luiza

      HIV infection has four basic sgtaes which are the incubation period, acute infection, latency stage and AIDS. The initial incubation period usually lasts between two and four weeks. The second stage, acute infection, lasts an average of 28 days and can include symptoms such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, rashes, muscle pain, and also mouth sores.The latency stage, which occurs on the third stage, shows few or no symptoms and can last anywhere from two weeks to twenty years and beyond. AIDS, the fourth and final stage of HIV infection shows as symptoms of various infections and tumors, unexplained weight loss, respiratory tract infection, skin rashes, and oral ulcerations.

      November 14, 2012 at 11:15 | Report abuse |
  37. positive since 80`s

    why do some people degrade to the lowest level when bloging

    December 1, 2011 at 11:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Nadeer

    If you're really eowrird about it, don't go to your doctor. There are always places where you can get tested and have the results kept confidential. Look in your city phone book, yellow pages. If you don't see anything, then look for your local LGBT equality center and they can tell you where one is, or call the AIDS Hotline, they can give you the location of your nearest testing site. With most of these places, the testing is free, however, if you want the results back right away, there is usually a charge, and you can get the results usually within 24 hours. If you opt to not pay, it takes a couple of weeks to get your test results back. In most of the places, you don't even have to give your name, they give you a number, and match your number to your test results.

    April 9, 2012 at 02:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Mehmet

    Wow, you really are phiaettc. Newflash, genius. Women want sex as much as we do. You don't hold as much sexual power as you think you do. So get over yourself.Marry you or move along? That's very easy. There or many women out there who don't need to be married to have sex.Oh, and quit acting like it's the fault of men that you get aids. Last time I checked you can spread aids to us. Maybe we men should give YOU an ultimatum instead.

    April 14, 2012 at 14:56 | Report abuse | Reply
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