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David S. Metzger, PhD was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article that reported on a spike in syphilis cases and sharp cuts in state funding to Philadelphia for HIV/AIDS, which are presenting a challenge to public-health workers tasked with preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
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Lisa A. Maslankowski, MD was quoted in an article from The Philadelphia Bulletin, which notes that a gel designed to prevent HIV infection has proven promising, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The microbicide gel, called PRO 2000, is a gel designed to prevent HIV infection in women and was found to be 30 percent effective, according to results from a clinical trial.

Lisa A. Maslankowski, MD, principal investigator of HPTN 035 and lead researcher of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Division's Microbicide Trials Unit at the University of Pennsylvania was quoted in a Penn Medicine News article, regarding results of a clinical trial which is the first human clinical study to suggest that a microbicide gel may prevent male-to-female sexual transmission of HIV infection.
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David S. Metzger, PhD was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article, regarding the high rate of new HIV cases in Philadelphia. The measures described in the article show that Philadelphians are being infected at a rate more than 50 percent higher than residents of New York City and five times the national average.
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David S. Metzger, PhD, director of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Division and research associate professor of Psychiatry, was quoted in an article published by JAMA, regarding integrated care models for patients who are infected with HIV and also have simultaneous substance abuse problems and mental illness. Dr. Metzer reported that treating substance abuse offers a collateral benefit of reducing HIV transmission.
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David S. Metzger, PhD, research associate professor of Psychiatry and director of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Division, was quoted in an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer on his efforts in combating AIDS in China. Dr. Metzger will test "whether a drug that reduces the craving for heroin can also reduce the spread of HIV infection among addicts who share dirty needles".
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James A. Hoxie, MD, professor of Medicine and director of the Penn Center for AIDS Research, is quoted in the New York Times and Washington Post from his remarks taken from the March 25, 2008 meeting at the National Institutes of Health. The one-day, Town Hall-type meeting was a gathering of the nation’s vaccine researchers who were discussing how best to spend federal H.I.V. vaccine money in light of a budget that has been flat for several years.
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