The New York Times examines a set of questions raised by news out of the International AIDS Conference-AIDS 2010 last week that a microbicide gel containing the antiretroviral (ARV) tenofovir used by women before and after sex helped reduce their risk of HIV infection by 39 percent.
AIDS 2010: Number Of HIV-Positive Patients On ARVs Grew To 5.2M In 2009 With 10M Still In Need, WHO Says
“The number of HIV-positive people receiving antiretroviral drugs [ARVs] for their infections jumped by more than a quarter in 2009, growing from 4 million to 5.2 million, the World Health Organization said Monday at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna,” the Los Angeles Times reports (7/19).
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More Than Half Of Russian Prisoners Ill, Many With HIV, TB “Almost half of inmates in Russia’s notorious prison system are ill, many infected with HIV or with tuberculosis, the country’s Federal Prison Service said late Tuesday,” Reuters reports. Out of 846,000 prisoners, 55,000 are infected with HIV and 40,000…
In a Wall Street Journal essay, Sonia Shah, the author of an upcoming book on malaria, outlines historical efforts to control malaria â€“ from the Roman Empire through today.
AOL News examines health officials’ concerns about the world-wide spread of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis, focusing on the U.S. and Mexico.
Efforts To Contain Drug-Resistant Malaria Near Thai-Cambodian Border Appear To Be Working, Officials Say
A two-year effort aimed at preventing the emergence of drug-resistant malaria near the border between Cambodia and Thailand is showing signs of success, Duong Socheat, head of Cambodia’s National Center for Malaria Control, said on Friday, DPA/Earth Times reports.
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Canadian Prime MinisterÂ Should Use G8 To Press For Global Health Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper “can use the relatively intimate setting of the G8’s Muskoka meeting to press for a renewal of the G8’s commitment to better health for Africans, and help the developed world be truly accountable for its…
Resistance to artemisinin-based malaria medications seems to be spreading beyond western Cambodia, where it was first detected, U.S. global malaria coordinator Timothy Ziemer said during a visit to the region this week for a conference, Agence France-Presse reports.
A Center for Global Development (CGD) report released Tuesday details factors leading to increased drug resistance worldwide, including drug distribution programs in developing countries, Reuters reports. Expanded access to medicines is “clearly desirable,” but it creates “challenges in preserving the efficacy of these drugs and ensuring they are used properly,” the report says, noting that program operators â€“ such as the WHO, foreign government and nonprofit groups â€“ are “not paying enough attention” to the seriousness of drug-resistance, according to the news service.
A study, published Tuesday in the American Journal of Public Health, found that poor living and working environments for miners of diamonds and precious metals is significantly fueling the spread of tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa, Reuters reports.