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[afro-nets] Studies of AIDS Prevention Gels Halted (2)


  • From: Dr. Uzodinma A. Adirieje <afrepton@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2007 03:16:59 -0800 (PST)

Studies of AIDS Prevention Gels Halted (2)
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This is indeed a trying period for Henry Gabelnick, Annette
Larkin and other eggheads at CONRAD, and indeed everyone in the
HIV and Aids community. It is a major ­ but temporary - set back
for us all.

The FHI Data Safety and Monitoring Board must be commended for
halting a second Phase III trial of the Cellulose Sulphate (CS)
microbicide underway in Nigeria (at least temporarily).

As efforts go on stream to identify where, how and when things
went wrong - believing that the vaccine candidate is the same in
both situations - and considering that a review of the Nigerian
data by the trial's DSMB found no evidence of increased risk of
HIV infection; one would like to suggest that we look at the
processes of transportation, storage and administration of this
vaccine candidate, as possible points of entry for the
identified risk.

We must not relent.

Better Health for All,

Uzo?

--
Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje
Resource Centre Manager
Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria [HERFON]
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Plaza, Wuse II, Abuja, Nigeria
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