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GlaxoSmithKline
this week ended all clinical trials of its experimental
HIV entry inhibitor aplaviroc after a third study
participant developed severe liver toxicity while
taking the medication. The company had previously
ended one clinical trial arm involving treatment-naïve
HIV patients when two study subjects in that study
developed liver toxicity, but it had allowed trials

October 27 2005 12:00 AM

A study by
researchers in France and South Africa, covered in the
current issue of Newsweek magazine, suggests
that circumcising heterosexual men in developing
countries could cut the odds of their acquiring HIV
through unprotected sex by more than 60%. The
study included 3,274 HIV-negative uncircumcised men in South
Africa, half of whom were circumcised for the study.

October 27 2005 12:00 AM

The United
Kindom’s Microbicide Development Programme announced
this week that it has begun enrolling women in Africa
for a Phase III clinical trial of PRO 2000, a
microbicide developed by U.S. firm Indevus
Pharmaceuticals, Agence France-Presse reports. The gel will
be tested among 10,000 women in Uganda, Tanzania,
South Africa, and Zambia during the 39-month study to

October 27 2005 12:00 AM

The United
Nations is launching a global campaign to combat the AIDS
pandemic, which is threatening children as never before:
Every minute a child under the age of 15 dies as a
result of AIDS, and every day nearly 1,800 youngsters
are newly infected with HIV.

October 26 2005 12:00 AM

Lesotho, a
southern African nation hit hard by AIDS, plans to implement
a policy requiring all of its citizens to be tested
for HIV antibodies in an effort to identify those who
are infected and slow the spread of the disease,
The Boston Globe reports. Health minister
Motloheloa Phooko told reporters at a press conference that
he plans to implement the universal HIV testing

October 26 2005 12:00 AM

About 100 AIDS
activists in Salt Lake City on Saturday displayed 8,500
shoes in the city’s Library Square, each one
representing a person who dies of AIDS each day
worldwide, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
“This display is a brilliant, powerful, and sobering
symbol” that the global and domestic AIDS
pandemics continue to spread, said state senator Scott
McCoy, who spoke at the rally. “We cannot let up for

October 26 2005 12:00 AM

China, once
accused of being slow to acknowledge the threat of AIDS,
could have as many as 10 million HIV-positive residents in
five years if no effective preventive measures are
taken, state media said on Monday, echoing a grim
United Nations warning.

October 25 2005 12:00 AM
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