Category: Updates

Hopes that antiretroviral drugs might prove useful against COVID-19 were decreased with the results of a trial reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, March 18.

Researchers in China examined the effect of a lopinavir/ritonavir mix in roughly half of 199 COVID-19 patients with advanced disease. The drugs didn’t affect the length of time it took to undergo clinical improvement, nor did they have any influence on the rate of death.

The researchers who conducted the study suggest that additional testing may be justified in patients with less advanced disease. For now, though, these statistics indicate that the lopinavir/ritonavir combination doesn’t help treat a COVID disease.

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CDC Doctor Contrasts And Compares HIV To COVID-19

Dean of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, Jim Curran, states, the first instances of what we now call AIDS was found and notified to CDC in June 1981.

At the beginning of the 1980s, Jim Curran was at the forefront of history. At the time, he and a dedicated team of CDC experts did the initial fieldwork that supported & lead to the discovery of what we now know as AIDS.

There was a significant increase in this dreadful fatal condition, stated Dean Jim Curran.

Dr. Curran sees two essential parallels with today’s COVID-19 virus. First, the value of caring for the seriously ill. And, second, there needs to be prevention because, in the long term, prevention needs to be as much a priority as treatment.

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Get up-to-date information about AIDS by attending one of the HIV Conferences this year.  HIV researchers from throughout the world will gather for the 10th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science — called IAS 2019 — in Mexico City. HIV.gov will be providing updates on the most recent HIV study from the seminar, in partnership with their federal colleagues from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Beginning Monday, July 22, they’ll be sharing Facebook Live interviews straight from the HIV conference in addition to articles on their blogs.  Scientific and biomedical research advances have contributed to the development of several successful HIV treatment regimens, prevention procedures, and have enhanced care for persons living with HIV.

These improvements are crucial to Ending the Epidemic: A Plan for America, the once-in-a-generation chance to end the disease in America and the rest of the world. (more…)