The New York Times examines several products being studied in clinical trials that researchers hope will one day prevent sexual transmission of HIV. The newspaper describes the ongoing trials of a vaginal microbicide gel containing the antiretroviral tenofovir which was found to reduce the risk of HIV infection in women by 39 percent, writing, “[o]ther clinical trials will report their results in 2011 and 2012 and, if all goes well, researchers hope to have a product or two ready to enter the market by 2013.”
On his final day in India as part of his 10-day Asia-Pacific tour, President Barack Obama on Monday addressed the joint session of the Indian Parliament in New Dehli, where he emphasized the importance of U.S.-Indian partnerships to tackle disease and improve education, Indo-Asian News Service/Hindustan Times reports (11/8). “Because the wealth of a nation also depends on the health of its people, we’ll continue to support India’s effort against diseases like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and as global partners, we’ll work to improve global health by preventing the spread of pandemic flu,” Obama said, according to a White House transcript from his address (11/8).
Sec. Clinton Highlights Importance Of U.S.-Australia Partnership To Reduce Violence Against Women Worldwide
As part of her two-week Asia-Pacific tour, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Australia on Saturday, where she called for increased cooperation between Australia and the U.S. to help drive down violence against women globally, Bloomberg reports. “Clinton has stressed throughout her trip that better treatment of, and opportunities for, women improve a nation’s economic and social prospects,” the news service writes (Gaouette, 11/6).
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Lugar, Pentagon Officials Head To Africa For Laboratory Inspections In a Foreign Policy blog post, David Hoffman reports that Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and several Pentagon officials will travel to Kenya and Uganda this week to inspect laboratories thatÂ “are working on infectious disease diagnosis and treatment; the concern is that…
Al Jazeera Examines International Trade Agreement Negotiations, Access To Generic Medicines In Low-Income Countries
Al Jazeera examines what the outcomes of two international trade agreement negotiations â€“ one regarding free trade between the EU and India and the other over anti-counterfeiting measures â€“ could mean for patients living with HIV/AIDS in low-income countries.
Scientists Identify Genes That Enable Some Immune Systems To Halt HIV; Finding Could Spur Drug, Vaccine Development
“Tiny variants in a protein that alerts the body to infection could explain how one in 300 HIV-infected people are able to resist the onset of AIDS for years without needing any treatment, researchers said Thursday” in a study published online in the journal Science, Agence France-Presse reports (11/4). “The findings are encouraging for the development of vaccines because they tell scientists how the immune system might be manipulated to fend off HIV,” the Independent writes (Connor, 11/5).
U.N. Human Development Report Finds Significant Quality Of Life Gains Among Many Developing Countries Over Last 40 Years, But Gaps Persist
“People around the globe are healthier, richer and better educated than ever before, with most developing countries registering huge gains over the last 40 years, a U.N. report [.pdf] released Thursday shows,” the Canadian Press reports.
“Despite the gains associated with antiretroviral treatments (ART) over the last decade, HIV/AIDS remains the leading cause of death among young and middle-aged adults in the Caribbean, warns a new U.N. report” that was released during the 10th Annual General Meeting of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) that concluded on Tuesday, Inter Press Service reports (Richards, 11/3).
ASTMH Meeting Blog: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s (ASTMH) “Annual Meeting Blog” has a number of posts from this week’s gathering, including: “The ethics of overseas clinical research”; an interview with John Cook, former ASTMH president; American attention to dengue fever; a profile of Michele Barry, senior…
As part of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s two-week Asia-Pacific tour, Clinton stopped in Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Wednesday to “promot[e] human rights and women’s empowerment in a South Pacific nation suffering from an epidemic of rape and police brutality,” the Associated Press reports (Lee, 11/3).