Researchers on Monday at the International Microbicides Conference (M2010) in Pittsburgh continued to present data on HIV prevention research, Reuters reports. The news service outlines several prevention methods being researched, including an intravaginal ring that over time releases two antiretrovirals (ARVs) â€“ dapivirine and maraviroc â€“ for up to a month, and a vaginal tablet that time-releases the antiretrovirals dapivirine and DS003 for up to 12 hours. Both methods have yet to reach clinical trials.
Researchers have identified thousands of chemical compounds that could be used to develop new malaria drugs, two studies published in the journal Nature on Wednesday show, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The Lancet released on Wednesday a special series on tuberculosis, which includes a series of papers and comments highlighting the need for new tools, the threat posed by drug-resistant strains, results of current control efforts and other issues about TB worldwide, Agence France-Presse reports.
“Try after try to make vaginal creams that could repel the AIDS virus have failed. Now researchers are testing if a drug used to treat HIV infection finally might give women a tool to prevent it â€“ by infusing the medicine into vaginal gels and contraceptive-style rings,” the Associated Press reports in a piece that examines researchers’ latest efforts to create effective HIV microbicides, ahead of the biennial International Microbicides Conference next weekend.
BMJ News looks at how lack of access to drugs and resistance are undermining the fight against malaria.
This week’s issue of Science features news articles focusing on recent progress on malaria control in Africa and discussing future challenges, including drug resistance.
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IPS Reports On Stigma, Discrimination Among People Living With HIV/AIDSÂ In ChinaÂ In follow-up coverage of the news that China lifted a decades-old HIV/AIDSÂ travel ban, Inter Press Service reports that “erasing the stigma attached” to the virus is difficult in China.Â “‘What we are lacking now is in-depth HIV and AIDS…
The pharmaceutical company Pfizer said on Wednesday that it plans to increase the number of clinical trials it’s conducting in Singapore by 10 percent as part of an effort “to design drugs for diseases prevalent in the region,” Reuters reports.
Opinion Piece Outlines Challanges Facing Global Fund In an Economic Times opinion piece, Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute at Columbia University outlines what he sees as “two huge challenges facing” the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria:Â “The first is lack of financing.Â … The second challenge is to…