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CONVEGNO: “Curare l’AIDS in Africa – Il contributo di Pisa a DREAM”

 

PISA – 28 GIUGNO 2004

CONVEGNO:

"Curare l’AIDS in Africa – Il contributo di Pisa a DREAM"

Il 28 giugno alle ore 16,30 l’Università di Pisa e l’Azienda Ospedaliera Pisana organizzano un convegno dal titolo: "Curare l’AIDS in Africa – Il contributo di Pisa a DREAM".

Il convegno è l’occasione per dare avvio al programma dell’Università e dell’Ospedale di Pisa di sostegno a DREAM in Africa, che prevede l’invio di studenti e specializzandi della Facoltà di Medicina di Pisa nelle zone dove si realizza DREAM, la formazione di personale sanitario africano sia in Africa che a Pisa, cure specialistiche in Italia per i malati che ne avessero bisogno.

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An assay based on detection of HIV antigen p24 may be more sensitive than existing tests, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

New HIV assay sensitive to 2 copies/mL
2004-06-15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An assay based on detection of HIV antigen p24 may be more sensitive than existing tests, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

 

The test may be useful for screening donated blood and monitoring patients, the developers at the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology said.

They said it is 25 times more sensitive than the best technology currently available.

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Zimbabwe opened its first national AIDS conference on Tuesday, spotlighting a health disaster that critics of its government say has been overshadowed by mounting economic and political problems.

Zimbabwe holds first national meeting on AIDS crisis
2004-06-15
HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe opened its first national AIDS conference on Tuesday, spotlighting a health disaster that critics of its government say has been overshadowed by mounting economic and political problems.

 

According to official figures, 24.6% of Zimbabwe’s adult population is infected with HIV, one of the highest rates in the world.

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Counseling about negative aspects of unsafe sex cuts HIV risky behaviors

Counseling about negative aspects of unsafe sex cuts HIV risky behaviors
Source : AIDS 2004;18:1179-1186  (2004-06-15)
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In motivating HIV-infected patients to reduce behaviors that may transmit the virus, brief counseling about the negative consequences of unsafe sex is more effective than discussing the positive outcomes of safer sex, according to a new study.

 

The findings, which appear in the May 21st issue of AIDS, are based on a study of 585 sexually active subjects who attended clinics emphasizing either of these risk reduction approaches or to control clinics that only stressed adherence to antiretroviral therapy.

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Mugabe appeals for private sector help in AIDS war

Mugabe appeals for private sector help in AIDS war (2004-06-16)
HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe urged the private sector on Wednesday to help his cash-strapped government provide essential drugs to combat an AIDS pandemic he described as one of the greatest challenges facing the country.

 

Official figures show that 24.6 percent of Zimbabwe’s adult population is infected with the HIV virus that causes AIDS, one of the highest rates in the world.

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Minor HIV protease mutations point to antiretroviral failure

Minor HIV protease mutations point to antiretroviral failure
Source : J Infect Dis 2004;189:1983-1987 
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Minor mutations of 36I and 101/V in HIV protease can predict the appearance of a mutation associated with resistance to protease inhibitors (PIs), European researchers report in the June 1st issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

 

Dr. Carlo Federico Perno of the University of Rome Tor Vergata and colleagues, who note that 36I is seen in about 25% of HIV clade B and more than 80% of non-clade B viruses, came to this conclusion after studying 93 previously drug-naive patients who experienced failure of their first PI -based antiretroviral regimens.

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