Daily Archives: November 14, 2011

AIDS docs debate how and when to scale up treatment as prevention

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In the sixth in a series of debates about the world’s HIV response hosted by the World Bank and USAID, physician-scientists debated how best to transform the exciting results from the HPTN) 052 study, which demonstrated that those with HIV infection who received immediate treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART) were 96 percent less likely to transmit HIV to their uninfected sexual partners than those whose treatment was delayed. The panelists were tasked with debating not only how to apply treatment as prevention (TasP) quickly, and how to add it to the combination prevention tool kit effectively, but more so whether or not it makes sense to have countries spend a majority of what is likely to be a flat or declining HIV prevention budget on TasP.

Six-way agreement with pharma and TB organizations boosts info sharing, speeds novel combo treatments through development

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Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) and the TB Alliance joined with pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca, Bayer, Sanofi and Tibotec in an innovative agreement to share information about tuberculosis (TB) compounds in their drug pipelines and speed the development of new regimens, including the most promising multi-drug treatments, regardless of sponsor. Science Speaks sat down with Mel Spigelman, MD, president and chief executive officer of the TB Alliance, to discuss the new collaboration, which promising drug combinations are coming down the pipeline, and how their work is expediting the process.