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2012-07-18 10:25:08

A increasingly used type of HIV study which involves switching patients on one type of antiretroviral therapy (ART) to another, to see whether the new drug is as good as the at preventing replication of the HIV virus, may be unethical, according to a new Essay published in this week's PLoS Medicine. The studies, termed non-inferiority trials, are only ethical if participants can meaningfully benefit from the treatment change and are more likely to benefit than suffer harm, according to Andrew...

HIV Prevention Pill Truvada Approved by FDA
2012-07-17 09:18:10

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Truvada, which decreases the risk of HIV invention in uninfected individuals who have a high risk of contracting HIV Infection or who are engaged in sexual activities with a partner who is HIV-infected. Truvada is the first drug approved by the FDA that focuses on reducing the risk of HIV infection acquired through sexual activities. Taken daily, the drug is be used...

AIDS Drug Could Get Approved This Summer
2012-06-30 06:29:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The fight against AIDS could get some help this summer, as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to approve a drug used to prevent the transmission of HIV, the AIDS virus. Made by Gilead Sciences of Foster City, California, Truvada is already widely used in combination with other drugs to treat patients with HIV. To help the approval process, 2 studies have been published in The Lancet which show just how effective...

2012-06-22 06:15:16

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- About 0.2% of pregnant women are HIV positive and 1/3 will pass the virus to their baby before it is born if no treatment is given. A new study breaches the safety and efficacy of adding antiretroviral drugs (HIV treatment drugs) to standard zidovudine prophylaxis (standard HIV prevention drugs) in infants of mothers with HIV who did not receive antenatal antiretroviral therapy because of late identification. Within 48 hours after their birth, researchers randomly...

2012-06-21 17:29:44

Non-breastfed babies born to HIV-positive mothers who didn't receive antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy are routinely given zidovudine, commonly known as AZT, shortly after birth to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus that causes AIDS. While effective, this strategy doesn't always protect the infant from acquiring the virus during the mother's labor and delivery. But a new UCLA-led study published June 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that a two- or...

2012-06-21 11:14:16

Findings from NIH network support shift in prevention guidelines Adding the drug nevirapine to the regimen given to newborns of women diagnosed with HIV shortly before or during labor halves the newborns' risk of contracting the virus, according to findings by a National Institutes of Health research network. The researchers found that the rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission around the time of delivery was 2.2 percent among infants who received the standard drug zidovudine combined...

Does Breast Milk Transmit HIV Or Protect Against It
2012-06-15 08:27:37

More than 15 percent of new HIV infections occur in children. Without treatment, only 65 percent of HIV-infected children will live until their first birthday, and fewer than half will make it to the age of two. Although breastfeeding is attributed to a significant number of these infections, most breastfed infants are not infected with HIV, despite prolonged and repeated exposure. HIV researchers have been left with a conundrum: does breast milk transmit the virus or protect against it?...


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2011-01-26 14:08:59

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a lentivirus, causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) which is a condition in humans were the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections. Infection is transferred through bodily fluids where HIV is present as both free virus particles and within infected immune cells. The four most common routes of infection are unsafe sex, contaminated needles, breast milk, and transmission from an infected mother to her...

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