Friday, May 21, 2010

International Microbicides Conference Gets Underway in Pittsburgh

Article from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review covering the Microbicides 2010 conference:

Despite advances in the treatment of HIV, experts warn that the global fight against the disease has a long way to go.

"For every person you put on treatment in the developing world, another two or three people get infected," said Dr. Ian McGowan, a leading investigator at Microbicide Trials Network, based at Magee-Womens Research Institute and the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland. "The figures are still depressing."

More than 33 million people are living with HIV, and doctors diagnose about 2.5 million cases a year globally, according to UNAIDS, the United Nations' AIDS-fighting agency.

Over the next four days, the Microbicide Trials Network, or MTN, will host an international gathering of HIV experts aimed at discussing ways to prevent the disease. The International Microbicides Conference, to be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, is co-chaired by McGowan and Sharon Hillier, the network's principal investigator and a world-known microbiologist.

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