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Health Officials Discuss AIDS Plans

Wed Jul 10,  2002

By EMMA ROSS, AP Medical Writer

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - The head of a global AIDS  fund promised that a detailed spending plan to battle the pandemic would be set up by October.

Speaking Tuesday at the 14th International AIDS Conference, Dr. Richard Feachem said the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria will be able to announce exactly how much money it needs by then, having considered other approaches now being used to finance AIDS initiatives.

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Therapeutic AIDS Vaccine to Be Tested in Humans

Wed Jul 10, 2002

By Claudio Lavanga

BARCELONA (Reuters Health) - Researchers in Italy and the US will soon begin human trials with a "therapeutic" AIDS vaccine designed to help people infected with HIV control the infection in combination with drugs, they said on Tuesday.

The vaccine is supposed to be applied to the skin and has already been shown to benefit monkeys chronically infected with an HIV-like virus in laboratory studies, Dr.

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US Spends $34,000 a Year on Each Sick AIDS Patient

Wed Jul 10, 2002

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Caring for each patient in the advanced stages of AIDS costs an average $34,000 a year in the United States, according to the first comprehensive analysis released on Wednesday.

The figures highlight the financial burden of modern treatments that have helped many people with AIDS in industrial countries but remain out of reach for millions in the developing world.

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HIV in Young May Soar by 70 by 2010

Tue Jul 9,  2002

By Patricia Reaney

BARCELONA (Reuters) - HIV  infections among the young are set to soar by more than 70% by the end of the decade when 21.5 million teenagers and young adults could be living with the virus.

A report released at the 14th International AIDS  Conference on Tuesday shows about one third of the 40 million people living with HIV/AIDS are under 25 years old.

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Experts Urge Study of Diaphragms as HIV Shield

Tue Jul 9,  2002

BARCELONA (Reuters Health) - Contraceptive diaphragms should be studied as a potential means for women to protect themselves against AIDS, researchers said on Tuesday.

Diaphragms are used to cover the cervix at the opening of the womb. They might also offer protection against HIV , but attempts to study whether this would work "have been stymied by the issue of acceptability," said co-author Dr. Sungai Chipato from the University of Zimbabwe.

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AIDS Pioneer Predicts Revolution in Drug Therapy

Tue Jul 9,  2002

By Ben Hirschler

BARCELONA (Reuters) - HIV /AIDS  treatment is about to undergo a revolution, fueled by the birth of a new class of drugs that stop the virus entering cells, the scientist who co-discovered HIV predicted on Tuesday.

Dr. Robert Gallo, director of the US-based Institute of Human Virology, said the imminent launch of the newest AIDS drug, T-20, was just the start of a coming age of novel AIDS medicines.

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Test Technique Provides Cheaper Early HIV Diagnosis

Tue Jul 9, 2002

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A screening technique called "pooling" accurately detects early HIV infections that standard tests miss, North Carolina researchers report.

In the study of more than 8,000 people who were tested for HIV, pooling detected four individuals in the acute stage of HIV infection who had been found HIV-free by standard tests.

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Protesters Blast U.S. over AIDS Funding

Tue Jul 9, 2002

By Ben Hirschler

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Protesters stormed the stage and shouted down the US health secretary Tuesday as he addressed the world's biggest conference on AIDS , which has highlighted a gulf in access to treatment between rich and poor.

Some 30 AIDS activists rushed forward as Health and Human Services  Secretary Tommy Thompson got up to speak, while dozens more drowned out his words with chants and whistles.

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Asia Criticized for Silence in Face of AIDS Menace

Mon Jul 8,  2002

By Adrian Croft

BARCELONA (Reuters) - UN officials and AIDS activists Monday denounced leaders in Asia for remaining silent about AIDS despite fears Asia could overtake Africa as the continent hardest hit by the disease.

"The silence about the epidemic in Asia is even more deafening than elsewhere," Hakan Bjorkman, an adviser on AIDS to the United Nations Development Program, said at the International AIDS Conference in Barcelona.

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Hepatitis C Does Not Up AIDS Risk for HIV Patients

Mon Jul 8, 2002

BARCELONA (Reuters) - People with HIV who are also infected with hepatitis C do not have an increased risk of developing or dying from AIDS, American scientists said on Saturday.

Hepatitis C, a serious liver infection, is common among intravenous drug users and often occurs along with HIV.

But doctors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland said the liver infection does not decrease the response to anti-AIDS drugs or speed the progression of the illness.

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