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Fuzeon should be used when CD4 counts are above 100m cells per liter

Fuzeon should be used when CD4 counts are above 100m cells per liter: panel
Source : AIDS 2004;18:1137-1146.  2004-06-22
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The fusion inhibitor enfuvirtide (Fuzeon) should optimally be started when CD4 cell counts are above 100 million cells per liter and virema is below 100,000 copies/mL, according to a panel of HIV-treating physicians with knowledge and experience in using the anti-HIV agent.
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Southern Africa seen in “death spiral” on AIDS, food shortages

Southern Africa seen in "death spiral" on AIDS, food shortages
2004-06-22
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Southern Africa is in a death spiral as AIDS exacerbates food shortages and government and social networks teeter close to collapse, the head of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

 

"If a 747 aircraft crashed every hour, there’d be an international outcry. That’s the death toll we’re facing but there is inadequate collective outrage," WFP Executive Director James Morris said at the end of a tour in the region, the worst hit worldwide by the global AIDS epidemic.

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OraSure gets HIV-2 test approval in US

OraSure gets HIV-2 test approval in US
2004-06-23
CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. regulators approved OraSure Technologies Inc.’s saliva test for detecting HIV-2, the company said on Wednesday.

 

OraSure had received approval in March for a saliva test of HIV-1 that gives quick results. With the latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, OraSure said it plans to market a combined test for use in physicians’ offices and public health clinics as a rapid means of detecting HIV-1 and HIV-2.

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Low CD4 count should not preclude HAART

Low CD4 count should not preclude HAART
Source : J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2004;36:702-713
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A long-term analysis of the evolution of CD4+ T cell counts in HIV patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) suggests immune recovery is possible even in patients with low baseline CD4 levels.

 

In the June 1st issue of the Journal of the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, Dr.

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Bush to add Vietnam to global AIDS initiative

Bush to add Vietnam to global AIDS initiative
WASHINGTON 2004-06-23  (Reuters) – President George W. Bush will include Vietnam in his $15 billion plan to combat global AIDS, passing over harder hit India and China in expanding the initiative to Asia, U.S. officials said.

 

In a speech on HIV/AIDS on Wednesday, Bush will designate Vietnam 1 of 15 "focus countries" eligible to share in the $15 billion, only a fraction of which has actually been disbursed so far.

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Maputo – Conferenza stampa DREAM

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Un appello perché ci sia "una politica della salute più intelligente e rispettosa delle forze in campo" in Mozambico è stato rivolto dalla Comunità di Sant’Egidio, durante una conferenza stampa, a Maputo.

Alla conferenza, a cui hanno partecipato quasi tutti gli organi di comunicazione mozambicani, Andrea Riccardi ha parlato del rapporto "intimo e storico" che unisce la Comunità di Sant’Egidio con il Mozambico, della ricchezza che rappresentano le istituzioni di questo paese, e soprattutto dei numeri di DREAM, il programma globale di lotta contro l’HIV/Aids in cui è impegnata la Comunità da più di due anni.

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