Monthly Archives: November 2011

 

First Test of Rectal Microbicide

The UCLA AIDS Institute has completed a study of a rectal microbicide that may prevent transmission of HIV during receptive anal sex. The study used HIV prevention drug UC781 which is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor. It has recently passed Stage I clinical trials for preventing transmission of HIV through...
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Oregano for HIV/AIDS – The Possible Benefits of Antioxidants

Oregano is a strong smelling herb which has been used as both medicine and flavoring for hundreds of years. Like so many popular herbs, oregano has often been trumpeted as the next wonder medicine. Unfortunately for its proponents, the evidence simply isn’t there. As in there is no evidence, at...
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How to Evaluate Alternative Therapies

Every week, sometimes it seems every day, there is a new wonder cure being announced. A new herb that can cure anything. A hormone rebalancing technique or Ayurvedic treatment that prevents infection. A diet which is guaranteed to keep people healthy. Given the often conflicting flurry of information surrounding these...
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New European Guidelines for Treatment of HIV/AIDS

Version 6 of the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) treatment guidelines were released in October in Belgrade, Serbia as part of the 13th Annual European AIDS Conference. The EACS has been releasing treatment guidelines for AIDS since 2003. Similar to previous versions, these guidelines are published both online and in...
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Understanding Clinical Trials

Sometimes it seems like a new announcement comes every week of a new HIV/AIDS treatment in a clinical trial that has potential to change everything. Scientists and doctors talk about Phase II trials, and placebo controls, and double blind . . . what does all of it mean? And why...
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