Fauci, Piot Discuss Progress in HIV/AIDS Treatments, Prevention
August 7, 2008
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci and UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot on Wednesday at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City discussed progress in HIV/AIDS treatments and prevention efforts and the future of HIV treatment, Bloomberg reports.
Piot said that the pharmaceutical industry needs to continue to invest in the development of new HIV treatments and look into the possibility of using existing antiretrovirals to prevent HIV transmission. "We have to make sure the drug development remains in step with the evolution of the virus and that industry continues to invest," Piot said, adding that there are "worrying signs that that isn't the case, and that is something we have to put on the table."
In addition, effective prevention methods that target men who have sex with men, commercial sex workers and injection drug users need to be scaled up to slow the spread of the virus, Piot said, adding that health workers also must learn how to target prevention messages more effectively. "No company will try to sell soap if they haven't done research for the community they are trying to sell to," Piot said, adding, "It would pay off if we could bring that experience from the business world to our amateur approaches" to HIV prevention campaigns (Pettypiece, Bloomberg, 8/6).
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