Retroviruses Conference: Some New Drugs in the Pipeline
Some of the experimental drugs discussed at the Retroviruses conference: TMC125, DPC-083, tipranavir, atazanavir, BMS-806, SCH-C, T-20, and S-1360.
Measles Found to Suppress HIV
Measles appeared to cause almost a 100-fold drop in HIV viral load, in this study of children who were hospitalized with measles and also had HIV. After they recovered from measles, their HIV viral load went back up. Could this finding suggest ideas for new drug or other treatments for HIV?
New Cancer Drugs Might Help Treat HIV -- But Research Not Done
A class of drugs now approved and used in cancer treatment also showed anti-HIV activity in laboratory tests. But due to complications in licensing the HIV rights, which were held by the U.S. government, no one has done any human test to see if these drugs might help reduce viral load.
Bone Problems: Overview Article Available
An article in the current issue of POZ magazine looks at bone complications -- especially osteonecrosis, which is causing an increasing number of persons with HIV to need hip replacements. No one knows if HIV drugs, the disease itself, or both are responsible.
Alert: International Epidemic, Disease Control
The key issue now in international AIDS is political commitment -- especially funding for controlling AIDS and other infectious epidemics. People anywhere can help by letting their political representatives know that AIDS and other global epidemics are important to them.
Medical Privacy Rule Changes: Public Comments Due April 26
The Bush Administration has proposed changes to the Clinton Administration rules on the privacy of medical records, rules that have not yet gone into effect.
Medical Marijuana Action Alert
Legislation is widely favored in Vermont, but the governor may block it.
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