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XVII International AIDS Conference
IAC 2008 XVII International AIDS Conference
Mexico City, Mexico
August 3-8, 2008

Starting & Switching Treatment
August 12, 2008

Isentress, Intelence and Prezista Combo Shines for Treatment Veterans
A drug regimen consisting of Isentress, Intelence and Norvir-boosted Prezista has pushed viral loads to undetectable levels in 90 percent of heavily treatment-experienced patients, according to astonishing new data from the Agence Nationale de Recherches sur le Sida et les Hépatites Virales (ANRS) 139 TRIO study reported at the XVII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Mexico City.


Studies Disagree on Abacavir for Patients With High Viral Loads
HIV-positive patients with high viral loads who start their first antiretroviral treatment regimen with Epzicom experience virologic failure and moderate-to-severe side effects faster than those who start with a regimen containing Truvada , according to early results from a federally funded AIDS Clinical Trials Group study reported at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. However, an analysis of six clinical trials reported at the conference by GlaxoSmithKline, Epzicom's manufacturer, indicates similar safety and efficacy among patients with viral loads both above and below 100,000 copies.


August 6, 2008

Isentress Continues to Show Well Versus Sustiva as First-Line Treatment
New 96-week data from a clinical trial of Isentress (raltegravir), Merck's integrase inhibitor approved for treatment-experienced patients by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in October 2007, suggest that it has comparable long-term efficacy to Sustiva (efavirenz) in those starting treatment for the first time. The new data, which also indicate fewer side effects with Isentress, were reported yesterday, August 5, at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City by Martin Markowitz, MD, of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center in New York.


Stigma, Fear of Side Effects, Keep Many off Treatment
People living with HIV around the globe still live in fear of the societal stigma that surrounds the disease, and some are so concerned about side effects that they have chosen to stop their antiretroviral drug regimens, according to a new survey released at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. 


Sustiva Bests Kaletra for Treatment of Advanced HIV Disease
HIV-positive individuals with very low CD4 cells starting therapy for the first time may be more likely to keep their viral loads undetectable and to remain on treatment using a regimen containing Sustiva (efavirenz) versus Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir), according to a new Mexican study reported at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. 


August 5, 2008

Some Gender and Racial Differences with Three Protease Inhibitors
Results using first-line treatment regimens containing three approved protease inhibitors may vary somewhat by race and gender, notably some side effects, according to a handful of studies reported August 5 at the XVII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Mexico City. For the most part, however, treatment outcomes using these regimens are comparable in their safety and effectiveness among women and people of color.


August 4, 2008

Similar Survival Among IDUs on ARV Treatment
HIV-positive injection drug users (IDUs) are just as likely to be alive 5 years after starting antiretroviral (ARV) therapy as non-IDU HIV-positive individuals, according to a report published in the August 6 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, coinciding with the start of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. Julio Montaner, MD, of the University of British Columbia in Canada, and his study colleagues argue that these new data contradict the belief that IDUs with HIV receive fewer benefits from ARV therapy. 



Experimental HIV Drugs
August 15, 2008

Norvir Tablets Similar to Capsules, Expected in 2009
Abbott Laboratories has developed a tablet version of its protease inhibitor (PI) Norvir (ritonavir), typically used in drug regimens to boost blood levels and the effectiveness of other PIs. Study results presented at the XVII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Mexico City indicate that the heat-stable tablet results in similar blood levels of the drug compared with the approved capsule formulation.


August 12, 2008

Future Options for the Treatment Experienced
Andrew Carr, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, shares his views on the future of HIV treatment and what's in the pipeline for people with HIV who've been on many treatment regimens.


New Options for Those New to Treatment
Sharon Walmsley, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, tells David Evans about new uses for approved antiretrovirals and the latest on two experimental drugs for people new to treatment.


August 11, 2008

IDX899 Safe, Reduces Viral Load in Preliminary Study
New data presented last week at the XVII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Mexico City support the continued development of IDX899, an experimental non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) being developed by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Idenix Pharmaceuticals.


August 8, 2008

New NNRTI RDEA806 Shows Promise in Seven-Day Study
An experimental non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI), currently dubbed RDEA806 by its developer Ardea Biosciences in San Diego, appeared to have robust antiviral activity and a favorable safety profile in a Phase II study reported at the XVII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Mexico City. 


August 6, 2008

NNRTI Rilpivirine (TMC-278) Comparable to Sustiva in 96-Week Study
An international team of researchers presented follow-up results from a Phase II study of rilpivirine (TMC-278), Tibotec’s experimental non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, August 5, at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. The 96-week data indicate that, when combined with Truvada or Combivir , rilpivirine has results similar to leading NNRTI Sustiva. 



HIV Transmission & Prevention
August 18, 2008

Vaccines: Lessons Learned
CEO and President of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Seth Berkley, MD, explains what we've learned about the challenge to build a better vaccine after recent vaccine failures and lays out next steps in research and advocacy.


August 15, 2008

PrEP: Preparing For Success?
The University of Pittsburgh's Ian McGowan, MD, PhD, talks about the promise of pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV transmission and how we should prepare for the possibility that current PrEP trials will prove it to be successful.


August 14, 2008

New HIV Numbers: New Prevention Strategy? Part 1
The CDC's Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, tells Regan Hofmann about the new HIV incidence report and the possibility of a national HIV strategic plan. Part 1 of 2


New HIV Numbers: New Prevention Strategy? Part 2
The CDC's Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, tells Regan Hofmann about the new HIV incidence report and the possibility of a national HIV strategic plan. Part 2 of 2


August 7, 2008

Microbicides: Assessing Progress
International Partnership for Microbicides's CEO, Zeda Rosenberg, ScD, shares with POZ and AIDSmeds lessons learned from recent trials and what's next for this important HIV prevention tool.


Having Children a Priority for Many Positive Women
A substantial number of HIV-positive women surveyed in a Johns Hopkins University study believe that it is acceptable for women living with the virus to become pregnant, with half reporting that they intend to start or continue having children, researchers reported at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. Many of the women, however, were unaware that antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, when used during pregnancy and delivery, can profoundly reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to the baby. 


August 5, 2008

Report: Now Is Time to Prepare for PrEP
A new report issued by the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City calls for increased action while preparing for initial results—expected as early as 2009—from the first trials of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs being tested for HIV prevention, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The report, Anticipating the Results of PrEP Trials, also provides information about ongoing and planned PrEP research and lays out an agenda for action on key issues that the organization says must be addressed as research on PrEP moves forward.


August 3, 2008

Annual HIV Infections in U.S. Substantially Higher Than Believed
Thousands of more new HIV cases are occurring in the United States every year than was previously believed, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).



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Global HIV/AIDS
August 19, 2008

AIDS Activism For The Next Decade
Mark Harrington, a long time AIDS activist and the Executive Director of the Treatment Action Group in New York City, predicts the coming challenges in AIDS activism and explains what people with HIV and their allies can do about them.


August 15, 2008

Human Rights Struggles Define AIDS Fight
Harvard's Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA, associate professor of health and human rights, talks about the impact of human rights struggles on the AIDS epidemic, progress finally being made, and the legacy of Dr. Jonathan Mann.


August 8, 2008

Achieving Universal Treatment Access: The Experience in Rural Malawi
Universal access to antiretroviral (ARV) therapy is feasible even in the most rural areas of in low- and middle-income countries by using a simple and standardized approach to care, according to a report out of the rural Thyolo district of Malawi reviewed at the XVII International AIDS Conference by Moses Massaquoi, MD, of Medecins Sans Frontieres. However, a second presentation at the conference by researchers associated with a University or North Carolina (UNC) research project in Lilongwe, Malawi, indicates that high-level drug resistance is a major concern among patients no longer responding to their first ARV regimen and may greatly impede their ability to benefit from subsequent regimens. 


August 6, 2008

Stigma, Fear of Side Effects, Keep Many off Treatment
People living with HIV around the globe still live in fear of the societal stigma that surrounds the disease, and some are so concerned about side effects that they have chosen to stop their antiretroviral drug regimens, according to a new survey released at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. 


August 4, 2008

Shortage of Health Care Workers Threatens African HIV Care
A lack of health care workers in southern Africa is having a profound negative impact on efforts to increase access to treatment and care for people living with HIV, experts associated with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF; Doctors Without Borders) reported in a satellite meeting on the first day of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. 


IAC Panelists: Scale Up, Leadership and Youth Crucial to HIV Response
The first major session of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, held on Monday morning, provided an assessment of recent advancements and challenges toward the scale up of HIV treatment and prevention programs, along with calls for greater leadership and an urgent youth HIV/AIDS agenda. 



HIV/AIDS Complications
August 15, 2008

Milk Thistle Shows Potential for Hep C
A medicinal compound in milk thistle, a flowering member of the daisy family, may benefit liver function in people infected with HIV and the hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to the results of a small New York study reported at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.


August 14, 2008

Defining the Risk Factors for Kidney Damage in Patients Using Tenofovir
HIV-positive patients with high blood pressure and on medications known to increase the risk of kidney damage are at the highest risk for kidney damage if tenofovir—the active drug in Viread and a component of Truvada and Atripla—is used as a component of antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, according to a study reported at the XVII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Mexico City.


August 13, 2008

Encouraging Data From Second Tesamorelin Study for Lipo
Treatment with a tesamorelin, a synthetic compound that sparks the production of natural human growth hormone, resulted in a significant loss of visceral adipose tissue (VAT)—deep belly fat—compared with a placebo in people with lipodystrophy, according to new results reported August 5 at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.


August 11, 2008

Abacavir and Cardiovascular Risk: Is There or Isn’t There?
New data from the SMART trial indicate that abacavir—found in Ziagen, Epzicom and Trizivir—is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, echoing the findings of a recent analysis of the D:A:D study. The study results, reported at the XVII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Mexico City, also point to a possible reason for the elevated risk—higher levels of two inflammatory proteins that may be associated with disease of the arteries. However, as was also reported at IAC, an analysis of 54 clinical trials in which abacavir was used failed to find any such risk.


August 7, 2008

Abacavir and Heart Attack Risk: Round 2
Donald Kotler, MD, puts breaking data at the 17th International AIDS Conference on abacavir and heart attack risk into perspective.


August 6, 2008

Hep C: The Other Epidemic
Shruti Mehta, PhD, explains the trends in hepatitis C transmission, prevention and treatment around the globe.



Regan's Blog
August 6, 2008

La Voz Global
Today, POZ made the backpage of La Voz Global, the daily newspaper of the International AIDS Conference! We have a space in the Global Village where we are collecting photographs and videos of people living with, and those affected by, HIV from around the world.

August 3, 2008

Bienvenidos a AIDS 2008!
Good morning from incredibly beautiful Mexico City, the site of the XVII International AIDS Conference (IAC)! The sprawling metropolis is verdant and covered in candy-colored roses.


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