STDs / STIs

April – March 2008: AIDS

Another ANTI-HIV Microbicide Fails the Test

No AIDS Vaccine on the Horizon

AIDS in Africa: Abstinence Works

AIDS Rates in Northern Ireland Up By 300%…

ANOTHER ANTI-HIV MICROBICIDE BITES THE DUST. That’s according to disappointed researchers who had hoped that Carraguard would reduce infection rates for over 6,000 South African women.

The good news, at least for the test subjects, was that unlike two prior microbicide creams, this one does not increase the likelihood that the woman would catch AIDS from her partner.

Real behavior change works. So far, creams don’t.

[“Cream to prevent HIV safe, but not effective-study,” Reuters, 02-18-08, http://www.reuters.com/article/asiaCrisis/idUSN17618577; abstinence.net, 18Feb08]
 

 

NO AIDS VACCINE ON HORIZON. According to Professor David Baltimore, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, researchers are, regrettably, no closer to an HIV vaccine today than they were when the effort began twenty years ago. "I believe that HIV has found ways to totally fool the immune system,” the Nobel Prize winner told the annual AAAS meeting in Boston. Baltimore. [“HIV vaccine research hits impasse,” BBC, 2-15-08, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7246117.stm; Abstinence Clearinghouse, 26Feb08]

 


AIDS in Africa: Abstinence Works – Interview With Expert Matthew Hanley
http://www.zenit.org/article-21909?l=english

 

AIDS Rates in Northern Ireland Up By 300%
http://www.uklifeleague.com/pressrelease/080227%20AIDS.htm