January 2008 Briefing - HIV & AIDS

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in HIV & AIDS for January 2008. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Mouse Model Useful for Showing HIV Prevention

MONDAY, Jan. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The female reproductive tract of a humanized mouse model has been shown to contain all populations of human cells necessary for HIV-1 infection, allowing researchers to demonstrate that antiretroviral prophylaxis can prevent vaginal transmission of the virus. The research was reported in the January issue of PLoS Medicine.

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Multidrug-Resistant MRSA Clone Found in Male Homosexuals

TUESDAY, Jan. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Infection with a multidrug-resistant clone of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is becoming an important source of disease among men who have sex with men in San Francisco and Boston, according to research published online Jan. 15 in advance of publication in the Feb. 19 print issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Suspected Viral Meningitis Warrants Hospital Referral

FRIDAY, Jan. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Because of the difficulty of reliably differentiating viral and bacterial meningitis clinically, suspected cases of viral meningitis should always be referred to hospital, according to an article published in the Jan. 5 issue of BMJ.

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