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Ten Years Later, AIDS Vaccine Search Continues

May 18, 2007

Ten Years Later, AIDS Vaccine Search Continues
Science gets closer, but a fully effective vaccine remains elusive
By JR Minkel

Ten years ago today, President Bill Clinton announced a national goal to develop an AIDS vaccine within a decade. At that time, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) virus that causes AIDS had infected some 25 million people worldwide. Clinton established a research center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and pledged to enlist other nations in the effort.

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Clinton challenges US control over Aids drug patents

By David Usborne in New York

Published: 10 May 2007

The former US president Bill Clinton has unveiled an ambitious programme to provide generic versions of Aids drugs for patients in developing countries at greatly reduced prices.

The initiative is a challenge to many US-based manufacturers who have balked at relaxing patent protections and cutting prices for poorer countries.

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Clinton challenges US control over Aids drug patents

By David Usborne in New York

Published: 10 May 2007

The former US president Bill Clinton has unveiled an ambitious programme to provide generic versions of Aids drugs for patients in developing countries at greatly reduced prices.

The initiative is a challenge to many US-based manufacturers who have balked at relaxing patent protections and cutting prices for poorer countries.

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High hopes for improved Aids council

Johannesburg, South Africa

30 April 2007

HIV/Aids budgets should not be rolled over, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka warned on Monday at the launch of the newly constituted South African National Aids Council (Sanac) in Kempton Park.

"I urge provinces to run with implementation of programmes," she said, also emphasising the need to tackle opportunistic infections such as tuberculosis (TB).

Mlambo-Ngcuka chairs Sanac, a partnership between the government and civil society including the business and labour sectors.

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Man who gave blood jailed for hiding HIV diagnosis

April 23, 2007

Crown Point -- A judge has sentenced a man to two years in prison for concealing that he was HIV-positive when he gave blood to a Hammond plasma center.

Michael Ivy, 46, East Chicago, pleaded guilty last month to donating or selling blood contaminated with the human immunodeficiency virus to Bio-Blood Component Inc. on Sept. 13.
In addition to the two years in prison, Lake County Criminal Court Judge Robert Lewis on Friday ordered Ivy to serve one year on probation.

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FDA To Consider Approval Of First CCR5 Antagonist Against HIV/AIDS

Article Date: 23 Apr 2007

An advisory panel of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is meeting tomorrow to decide whether to recommend approval of Pfizer's HIV/AIDS drug Maraviroc for patients already taking other drugs. If approved, it will be the first drug available in the class called CCR5 antagonists.

The FDA does not have to follow the panel's recommedations, but it usually does.

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Africa: Huge Strides Made to Treat HIV in Sub-Saharan Region

BuaNews (Tshwane)

April 18, 2007
Posted to the web April 18, 2007

Nozipho Dlamini

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa have dramatically improved access to HIV and AIDS treatment for citizens over the past three years, a United Nations report has found.

The report entitled "Towards universal access - scaling up priority HIV and AIDS interventions in the health sector" is a joint effort from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

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Scientists Find Natural HIV Inhibitor In Human Blood

Article Date: 20 Apr 2007

A team of German scientists has found a compound in human blood that stops HIV-1 from entering immune cells. They suggest it may lead to the development of another class of antiretroviral drugs to fight HIV/AIDS.

Their findings are published in the journal Cell.

Previous research has suggested that a number of molecules in human blood could act as inhibitors for HIV-1.

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HIV drugs 'still denied to many'

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

The report is published by the World Health Organization, UNAids and Unicef.

It warned many obstacles remain to meeting the United Nations' target of universal access to HIV/Aids prevention and care programmes by 2010.

However, the report said "substantial, ongoing progress" had been made towards improving treatment and diagnosis of people with HIV.

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Second-line HIV drugs to be provided free of cost

New Delhi, April 17: Government committed to providing second-line drugs free of cost to people who develop resistance to the existing treatment for HIV /AIDS.

"As soon as we are able to provide Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to 100,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the country, we will introduce second-line drugs," National AIDS Control Organisation Director General Sujatha Rao told reporters here today.

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