News on the HIV Front

From the AP:

Chinese health officials on Monday plan to announce an AIDS cooperation partnership with a U.S. institute, a measure that takes aim at combating what health officials fear will be a tenfold surge in HIV infection in China over the next five years.

The partnership between the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology — founded by one of the co-discoverers of the virus — covers collaboration on clinical trials, technical assistance and development of better and faster tests and vaccines, institute officials said…

…While the Chinese CDC already sends researchers to the institute for training, the new agreement is expected to boost bilateral cooperation and allow American researchers to benefit from China’s centuries old medical experience.

“This is more than just missionary work,” Gallo said. “I think we have a real chance of getting help from China.”

The throw-away capper to this partnership comes in the last paragraph of the article:

The institute is also working on a commercial expansion of this partnership with a three-way collaboration with the China CDC and CK Life Sciences, a Hong Kong-based pharmaceutical company, which they hope to sign sometime later this year, Gallo said.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

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