Daily Archives: February 8, 2011

Gates on HIV/AIDS: We need a higher sense of urgency

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Bill Gates recently released his third annual letter, in which he discusses many of the global health causes close to his heart, namely polio, vaccination, malaria and HIV/AIDS among others. In the letter, Gates writes regarding HIV and the 33 million people living with HIV today, “Given all the lives that are at stake, I am impatient enough about this that I am willing to be viewed as a troublemaker by people who are happy with the status quo.”

In this video clip, Gates discusses the progress being made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, while stressing that much remains to be done and a higher sense of urgency is needed. “We are making progress… but the rate of progress in reducing treatment costs, honing in on prevention tools, creating the ultimate prevention tool, an AIDS vaccine, is going slower than I think it should…” Gates said.

Extended iPrEx study looks at long-term safety, behavior change and medication adherence

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In a conference call convened by AVAC Tuesday, government representatives, scientists and advocates discussed the particulars of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Initiative (iPrEx) open label study set to launch at some trial sites in March 2011. The study continues on the infrastructure of the original iPrEx study trial, which determined that daily oral dosing of Truvada among […]