Author | Jeffrey Laurence, MD

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Editorial - Laurence

February 01, 2007

A recent editorial in The New York Times heralded the conclusion, from 2 large sub-Saharan African studies, that male circumcision dramatically suppresses HIV acquisition rates as the "most important development in AIDS research since the debut of antiretroviral drugs."1 The editorial went on to state that while a "real [AIDS] vaccine is years away . . . we know its near equivalent [now] exists."1But Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, was more circumspect. "These results could be negated by a small decrease in condom use or the addition of more sexual partners," he cautioned.2

Antiretroviral Suppression of HIV in the Context of Persistently Low CD4 Counts: New Insights

January 01, 2007

Shortly after the introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy, it was noted that a significant fraction of patients, from 8% to 17%, had poor CD4+ T-cell recovery despite suppression of HIV RNA to undetectable levels for at least 6 to 12 months.1