- Durban Conference: Official Webcast
Many of the sessions at the world's largest AIDS conference, which happens only once every two years, will be broadcast from Durban, South Africa, and left online on the Web, so that anyone can hear the speakers and see their slides. This format works almost as well as being in the room -- sometimes better. The conference is July 9-14, but the Web presentations will remain available for months.
- Durban Conference: Teleconference Summary July 20
An expert panel will discuss the highlights of the Durban conference. Callers can ask questions of the panelists.
- Durban Declaration on HIV and AIDS
Over 5,000 scientists including 11 Nobel prize winners have signed a statement that "The evidence that AIDS is caused by HIV-1 or HIV-2 is clear-cut, exhaustive and unambiguous, meeting the highest standards of science," and that testing for HIV is as reliable as testing for any other virus.
- San Francisco Statement on HIV and AIDS
The San Francisco planning group on HIV prevention issued a statement of concern that misinformation on HIV and AIDS could damage efforts to prevent infection in San Francisco. The statement is important because California is the leading source of "dissident" or "denialist" AIDS ideas -- which have been very aggressively promoted in San Francisco for years, with little success.
- Communication Skills and HIV Prevention
A social movement to help people develop life skills in communication and relationships could contribute to HIV prevention.
- Tuberculosis: New Drug Class Investigated through Public-Private Partnership
The likely discovery of a new class of tuberculosis drugs suggests models for developing treatments for illnesses which have been neglected because they mostly affect people who could not afford high drug prices.
- HMO, Insurance Policies Threaten HIV Care: Interview with Dr. X
Many health plans use various means to discourage HIV specialty care -- even though such care clearly benefits patients, and costs less, compared to non-specialist care -- in order to avoid attracting expensive patients into their plans. This problem is much worse in HIV than in cancer and other catastrophic illnesses with more established specialties. AIDS Treatment News interviewed an AIDS doctor who provides details -- but who must remain anonymous to avoid retaliation by some of the health plans.
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