Really Rapid Review — 2012 International AIDS Conference, Washington, DC
Posted Aug 01 2012 8:58pm
Last week’s International AIDS Conference in Washington got plenty of media attention, mostly because it was the first time in umpteen years that it was held in the United States, the delay between meetings due to our absurd (and now repealed) immigration laws regarding HIV.
(Quick trivia question — where was the conference supposed to be in 1991 when it was cancelled?)
More cases of cure following bone marrow transplantation?Could be — and these two guys didn’t even have donors with the CCR5 delta-32 mutation. Note that they remain on ART at this point, so all this is speculative, very preliminary. (Kudos to my colleague Tim Henrich for this innovative study, and of course to his/our boss, Dan Kuritzkes. Note that I’d lead off with this one even if he weren’t our boss …)
What’s the right dose of raltegravir to use with rifampin? The answer on the boards is “800 mg twice daily”, but in this study,400 mg twice daily performed just as well and so did efavirenz. I’d still probably go with 800 mg twice daily. (That is, if we actually had much HIV-related TB in Boston — last year there were only 44 cases, and most of them of course in HIV-negative people.)
More data suggesting accelerated aging in HIV. In this carefully done cohort analysis, non-infectious medical problems came to people with HIV 5 years earlier than in uninfected controls. These conditions were something they called “age-associated non-communicable comorbidity”, or AANCC. Catchy.
Hilary Clinton was great in one of the opening plenaries. As is inevitable for these conferences, vocal protesters interrupted her as she began speaking; she handled them perfectly, citing how important protests have been to advance the HIV cause. But come on — I can’t think of any major politicians who have done more for HIV than the Clintons — why protest her at all?
Heat notwithstanding, these bikes are a great way of seeing the city sites. Just … ride … very … slowly.
The National Gallery is simply one of the best art museums on the planet — and it’s free! The George Bellows exhibit (representative painting above, click on it to enlarge) was sensational – and not just because he was recruited to play professional baseball while in college.
There was the familiar prominent display of condoms, etc by these folks . I bet the cardiologists don’t get a similar opportunity during their big meetings. But I truly hope they (the condom people) leave the microphone at home next time, yikes that was loud.
Next year’s conference is in Kuala Lumpur — which is, amazingly, not quite as hot in the summertime as Washington, DC, but is much harder to get to, at least for those of us living in this hemisphere. It will be interesting to see what kind of attendance the conference gets.