Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Scientists Say A Gel Can Slow HIV Spread

Via NPR, by Ira Flatow
Scientists and policymakers are packing up their posters and PowerPoint presentations and heading home from the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria.

Today is the last day of the week-long meeting, which featured speeches from Bill Clinton and Bill Gates. Some good news was presented at the meeting. The number of people receiving drugs to treat HIV infections is up. And a promising development for controlling HIV transmission was talked about, a new gel that women can use that can help dramatically slow the spread of the virus.

Scientists also shared some new insight in how HIV infections get started and what happens in the body in just the minutes after exposure to the virus.

For audio and transcript click here.

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