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Published: Sep 19, 2011 10:40 am
Beacon NewsFlashes – September 19, 2011

Short-Course Incivek-Containing Therapy Is Effective For Most People With Untreated Hepatitis C – Results of a Phase 3 clinical trial show that for people with previously untreated hepatitis C who respond well to treatment with Incivek (telaprevir), Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a), and ribavirin (Copegus, Rebetol), a 24-week course of treatment is as effective as a 48-week course. Among the study participants who had undetectable hepatitis C virus levels after 4 and 12 weeks of treatment, 92 percent who received 20 weeks of treatment with the three-drug combination followed by 4 more weeks of Pegasys and ribavirin treatment (24 weeks total) were cured of hepatitis C, compared to 88 percent of participants who received 20 weeks of the three-drug combination followed by 28 weeks of the two-drug combination (48 weeks total). For more information, please see the article in U.S. News & World Report or the study in the New England Journal of Medicine (abstract).

Office Of National AIDS Policy To Hold Discussions On National HIV/AIDS Strategy – The Office of National AIDS Policy is planning to hold several discussions with members of the HIV community, including researchers, clinicians, and people with HIV, on implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The first talk will be at the University of Alabama in Birmingham on September 27 and is entitled “Incorporation of Prevention and Care Research Into HIV Programs.” Additional talks will be held October 4 in Seattle; October 20 in Philadelphia; late October in Baton Rouge, LA (date to be decided); and early November in Des Moines, IA (date to be decided). Additional dates and locations will be announced later. For more information, please see the AIDS.gov website.

Atlanta Police Department Sued For Discriminating Against HIV-Positive Man – An HIV-positive man who was denied a job as a police officer in Atlanta after a pre-employment medical exam revealed his HIV status has sued the city of Atlanta for discrimination. The man claims that the city violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal and state laws; HIV is considered a protected illness under the ADA. Atlanta claims that the man was rejected for reasons other than his HIV status, but that they were also justified in not hiring him because his status represents a “direct threat” to the health and safety of others. For more information, please see the article in The GA Voice.

AIDS Institute Releases New Guidelines On HIV Testing And Treatment During Pregnancy – New York’s AIDS Institute has released two new guides, “HIV Testing During Pregnancy and at Delivery” and “Acute HIV Infection in Pregnancy.” The guides are the first two sections of a new set of guidelines on managing HIV infection in pregnant women. The remaining sections will be posted as they are completed. The guidelines are being formulated in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University Division of Infectious Diseases. For more information, please see the HIV Testing During Pregnancy and at Delivery and Acute HIV Infection in Pregnancy guidelines.

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