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STOP AIDS Project's New Campain
      #42322 - 10/24/02 06:50 PM

Click here to see it --> HIV Is No Picnic.

What do you think? I think it is benefical for people to realize that HIV disease is not as easy as Magic Johnson tries to make it look on TV.

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      #42324 - 10/24/02 07:58 PM

How sad. What this says to me is that the drugs are more dangerous than hiv. It makes me wonder what magic Johnson does with his drugs. And you wonder why so many are having doubts about how dangerous hiv really is if this is the best they can do to be convincing.

What a great ad campaign. Let's show how dangerous hiv is by showing pictures of people that have had their health compromised by the drugs that are supposedly keeping them alive. This is a very effective ad if you are trying to get across that hiv drugs are very harmful.

On a positive note at least these ads are more honest than the drug company ads that showed aids patients climbing mountains.

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      #42326 - 10/24/02 08:53 PM

You're reading wrong, buddy. Every drug has some side effect. Which would you choose: a living for a short time with lots of opportunistic infections, including say, blindness, inability to eat or digest, inability to urinate, toxoplasmosis brain legions and then dying a painful death having lost much of your weight...or some side effects like lipodystrophy? I really don't understand how you jump to these conclusions. I was around before these medicaitons, when everyone was dying, funerals daily, lots of suffering, wasting, nightmarish opportunistic infections. It ended in the U.S. when we got the medicaitons in 1996. They are still imperfect...but they are allowing people to survive, to even live fully! Unfortunately those in the developing world, like Africa and Asia are all dying by the millions, with no medications and all they are begging for--yes, begging for is a chance for the medications! That's why Brazil and India have begun to make generic forms of the save their people! There are side effects to all meds, but generally people feel it's worth the benefit of taking them. Let's be intelligent here!

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      #42353 - 10/25/02 03:41 PM

AIDS medications can be difficult to take and can cause bad side effects. But lots of young people think, oh well, it's such a drag to wear a condom or to ask someone to use a condom, let me risk it...worse comes to worse I'll get HIV and pop some pills. They know lots of older people with HIV who are on the meds who live full lives and seem not to have any problems with the meds or with side effects. So these ads are good because they emphasize the negative consequences of having HIV. People like this guy who have no clue how NECESSARY medications are to MOST of US with HIV are to be ignored. Yeah they are not great solutions...nor are statins great solutions for heart disease but they extend so many people's lives! Same with insulin for diabetes...not fun taking those shots, but would you prefer having amputations and dying? HIV is like any other disease! You need to treat it or it will progress on its merry way and you will surely be dead.

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      #42366 - 10/25/02 11:33 PM

You're right! I think they should show the side of HIV when medication isn't used. People wasting. People in the hospital hooked up to numerous tubes and IV lines. People with their skin in shreds from rashes that drive them crazy. Those are the pictures of HIV. I can live with the facial wasting and the crix belly.

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      #42399 - 10/26/02 06:07 AM

Don't you know that even if you are fool enough to still believe (blindly) in so called 'AIDS' it is not a 'disease' but a syndrome.

I am always stunned to see just how little AIDS fanatics really know about the myth they love so deeply. Please at least learn the basics before you start to preach to others.

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      #42422 - 10/26/02 03:04 PM

it would be different if you were living with it.

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      #42438 - 10/26/02 07:12 PM

Gosh, gee, you are a bright one, AIDS is not a disease....and I am an "AIDS Fanatic"! What planet do you live on? Don't you know that you are the only fanatic here...the teeniest minority believing in long-long ago disapproved theories. So you can act all high and mighty on boards like this...but no one, no one who is skilled, experienced or lived through the early 90's cares one bit about your theory! (IE that HIV doesn't cause AIDS or that the medications don't help or even stranger...that HIV is not transmitted sexually!) These notions have been disproven time and time again in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, and Asia and your ridiculous ranting impress no one who has above a 9th grade education. Don't take medications if you don't want to. But don't pretend that you can advise anyone else.

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      #42454 - 10/26/02 10:03 PM

I am sorry but your rhetoric does not impress me nor scare me. I was approaching adulthood when Gallo announced the probable cause of aids was a virus he called hiv. I lived in fear of having sex because of all the doomsdayers warning that even heterosexuals like myself were not safe from the scourge of aids. It would effect everyone. Well guess what, almost 20 years later and none of those predictions came true.

Why should I listen to your propaganda when this so called sexually transmitted disease has never had even the slightest effect on my life even though it was predicted back in the early days that it would kill millions of heterosexuals here in America. Remember Opra's big announcement. What a joke that was. I don't believe the predictions anymore because they never come true. What ever happened to Haiti. I thought that was going to be ground zero for aids. Now it is South Africa. Next it will be China or Russia. I am sorry but I just don't believe it anymore.

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      #42494 - 10/27/02 01:14 PM

I'm sorry, but could the days when people were dying daily be the "good ole days" of 1500mg daily dose of AZT?

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      #42511 - 10/27/02 04:48 PM

I was around during this time and I knew lots of people who didn't take medications...who believed in alternative Jonathan, head of alternative medications for ACT UP, he died without having taking any medications. Or like another friend, Patrick, who denied having HIV until he got lympoma and died in two weeks. Or like many Black men who are diagnosed with HIV in autopsy... So you're wrong again. Lots of people were not believers in AZT even in 1992-93. But they died too.... Lots of people couldn't take AZT because of allergic reactions, they died too.
No one in China or in most of Africa can get medicaitions and they are dying daily. So you really are ignorant about the facts.

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      #42573 - 10/28/02 05:55 PM

You can act all huffy. Poor boy, couldn't have as much unprotected sex as you would've liked??
No not all the predictions came true..but they were guessing. It turns out the receptive partner is 8 times more at risk then the insertive partner...Lots of women in the US are getting HIV...particularly in the Black and Hispanic worlds. And in South Africa the situation is in Asia. You can go your merry way making believe you are not at risk...and maybe you as a male heterosexual are not that at risk for HIV. But us receptive or straight are terribly at risk. So heterosexual AIDS does not only mean MALES!

Brazilian Women Ravaged By AIDS
Infection Rate Rises In Culture of Denial

By Anthony Faiola
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, September 30, 2001; Page A34

LONDRINA, Brazil -- Adriana Dorta easily recognizes the stunned, terrified faces of women walking through the doors of the AIDS foundation where she counsels new patients. In this quiet city in the heart of southern Brazil's fertile, coffee-growing region, the number of women infected with the virus that causes AIDS increased 10-fold during the 1990s. Many of them, like Dorta, 29, were the loyal wives of unfaithful husbands.

They lived in a world of denial. Dorta let her hair fall out, dropped to less than 70 pounds and became paralyzed in her left side before agreeing to be tested for a disease she believed afflicted only homosexuals, prostitutes and intravenous drug users.

"Housewives have become accustomed to denial in this macho country where we pretend that our husbands' love affairs -- and, in my case, the beatings my spouse gave me -- aren't really happening," Dorta said.

After receiving treatment, she has recovered her lustrous black hair and regained some of her lost mobility. But she knows the infection remains. Her husband of 13 years died of AIDS-related complications in 1999.

"I laughed when the doctor first told me I had AIDS," she said. "I thought, what a ridiculous man this is! AIDS doesn't happen to married women who are faithful to their husbands. But it is happening. My Lord, is it happening! It's becoming an epidemic within an epidemic."

Although Brazil, Latin America's largest country, has one of the most progressive anti-AIDS programs in the world, women -- and housewives in particular -- are becoming infected at an alarming rate. A recent government survey showed that the number of new AIDS cases reported among women shot up 75.3 percent from 1994 to 1998, compared with a 10.2 percent increase among men. The vast majority of women catching the virus are heterosexual and do not use intravenous drugs. Although some are prostitutes, experts say many are married or in long-term relationships.

The trend in Brazil mirrors the devastating toll AIDS is taking on women worldwide. In 2000, women made up 47 percent of the world's 34.7 million adults living with the AIDS virus, compared with 41 percent in 1997, according to a United Nations report. U.N. specialists predict the number of women with AIDS will equal or surpass men by next year.

In Brazil and the rest of Latin America, the rate of infection among heterosexual women is growing faster than in any other group. Experts say the culture of machismo makes it difficult for powerless women to insist on condom use. Many men, particularly among the poor, still consider it emasculating to adhere to a woman's request for safe sex. And a certain measure of acceptance of the straying husband puts wives at even greater risk.

The strong stigma of AIDS as a gay disease has led some infected men to seek treatment without telling their wives and families, or to simply refuse to be tested, choosing instead to die before being diagnosed. Cultural pressures against homosexuality, especially outside big cities, have led many gay and bisexual men into marriages with women.

This has posed a deadly problem for women in Brazil, a country lauded worldwide for its aggressive government program to develop generic versions of AIDS drugs and distribute at no cost the AIDS "cocktail" used to treat patients. Several state and municipal governments have launched AIDS awareness classes in schools and hand out free condoms.

But health officials concede that it has been a major challenge to change the cultural norms in a society well known for sensuality and male chauvinism. Until this year, newly married men had the right to divorce their wives if they discovered they were not virgins. For decades, Brazilian men who murdered their unfaithful wives routinely used a "defense of honor" argument to win reduced or deferred sentences. The Supreme Court abolished that practice in 1991.

"One of our biggest enemies in AIDS prevention is machismo," said Paulo Roberto Teixeira, secretary of Brazil's AIDS program. "We need to empower women, especially those living in poverty who have even less ability to negotiate sex with their partners. But we also need to educate wives of all classes, who often don't see themselves with any risk factor. The solution will go hand in hand with feminism and women's liberation. It is the only way."

The government is trying to address cultural pressures by sponsoring AIDS education classes taught in corporate offices and community centers by women living with AIDS. But changing Brazilian sexual habits is no easy business.

During one class offered to phone company managers in Porto Alegre, a city of 2 million in Brazil's deep south, women listened closely while men tended to take it more lightly. As instructor Maria Beatriz Pacheco, who contracted AIDS from her ex-husband, spoke seriously about the need for safe sex even among married couples, one swaggering manager in a suit and tie joked, "Come on, they haven't invented the condom big enough for a Brazilian man."

"We have so far to go," Pacheco said. "Even if a wife knows her husband is cheating, it is more likely he will accuse her of infidelity for just suggesting he use a condom. We are trying to change that, but it will take a long time."

In the more conservative countryside, many patients are diagnosed only after their cases have become advanced enough to warrant hospitalization. In Londrina, an agricultural city of 500,000 about 300 miles southwest of Sao Paulo, women now make up about 40 percent of the 1,200 known AIDS cases, compared to less than 10 percent in the early 1990s. But there are many, many more who fear being tested, and may die quickly as a result.

Women who are more open about their condition are ostracized. One of them is Silvana Gomes, 38, who contracted AIDS from her late husband, to whom she was married for 12 years.

"People know me in town now, and when I get on a crowded bus, everyone moves away from me and I sit alone," said Gomes, who heads a support group for women with AIDS. "Other women see that response, and their fear of getting tested grows even greater. I just hope it also makes them press their husbands to use condoms."

Married women who do face up to the disease find themselves dealing with a jumble of emotions. Some grow to despise their husbands. Others opt for forgiveness. Catarina de Madeira, 49, a graying Sao Paulo nurse, for instance, discovered that her unfaithful husband had infected her in 1997. She moved to Londrina, away from their friends and family, to care for her husband until he died last March.

"I feel a lot of emotions, but not anger and hate," she said. "I loved my husband until the end. I don't blame him; we are all human. But I suppose I made the choice to forgive largely because I don't want to spend the rest of my life giving in to bitterness and rancor. Life is too short."

© 2001 The Washington Post Company


By 2001, AIDS had killed the mother or both parents of 10.4 million children under the age of 15, orphaning some 2.3 million children in 2000 alone.
Wisdom Murowa, 17, of Malawi, is one of those orphans. At a supporting event to the UN Special Session on Children called 'Children Affected by HIV/AIDS', Wisdom urged government representatives, international organizations, UN agencies and corporations to "treat HIV/AIDS as an emergency and stop it from destroying the lives of so many children."

The panel, sponsored by UNICEF, the United States Agency for International Development and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, opened with Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who said eradicating HIV/AIDS was a top priority for Mr. Annan.

Peter McDermott, a consultant to USAID on HIV/AIDS, said that as a result of the devastation wrought on families by HIV/AIDS, the family structure and social fabric of entire societies are being undermined. And, he added, we are still on the upward curve of the pandemic. "Never before has the world faced the possibility of so many orphans," he said.

Samantha Mundeta, an 18-year-old AIDS activist from Zimbabwe, said her best friend succumbed to the disease at 16. The friend, whose father had died, contracted the disease after becoming a sex worker to support her family.

Mr. McDermott said the world must mobilize resources to prevent new infections, to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to keep parents and other caregivers alive longer so that they can look after the children. "Why is it," he asked, "in a time when we've never had so much wealth and innovative technology, we can't do what is required?"

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      #42574 - 10/28/02 06:27 PM

Sorry but I just don't buy the spin stories anymore. Why should I since AIDS is dead in my country which is the USA. The President of South Africa does not believe hiv is the cause of disease in his country. If he was so wrong don't you think he would have been run out of office for promoting such an idea. It just makes me wonder when countries seem to be targeted as being ravished by hiv and then years later you don't hear anything about them anymore. I will ask again what happened to Haiti. That was the country of choice for HIV Inc. to bash on back in the early days.

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      #42576 - 10/28/02 06:34 PM

At least he or she did not call it the HIV virus. That is when you know the writer has no clue.

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      #42580 - 10/28/02 08:13 PM

No one cares what you have no influence (luckily)and no place to be heard. And you certainly have no clue how to do basic research. (and hopefully no intelligent woman would want to have unprotected sex with you...) So one president in one developing country doesn't believe that HIV causes AIDS and this one man you belive...Not the prime minister of India, Italy, France, all the leaders of south american countries, central american countries, scandinavian countries, Great Britain, Asia and all of the rest of, who have such great powers of observation believe this one guy (Mandela who is the true hero of South Africa says Mbeki doesn't know what he's talking about!). Wow! You're insight is astounding!
South Africans to get Aids drugs from the state

Sarah Boseley, health editor
Friday October 11, 2002
The Guardian

The South African government announced yesterday that it will investigate ways of providing the anti-retroviral drugs that keep people with HIV/Aids alive through its public health system: a dramatic reversal of policy.
An estimated 4.7 million people are HIV positive in South Africa but until now campaigners have fought in vain to persuade the government to begin treatment for them, despite the severe economic and social consequences of the deaths of so many parents, teachers and wage earners.

Until relatively recently President Thabo Mbeki was publicly opposed to the provision of Aids drugs in South Africa, arguing that they were dangerously toxic and questioning whether HIV or poverty was the true cause of Aids. But the government now insists that it accepts the link with HIV.

In April the cabinet said that it endorsed the use of anti-retroviral drugs, although they were too expensive to buy and the health infrastructure to let them be used did not exist.

Yesterday's announcement, after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday night, said the government wanted to tackle those problems.

It said the cabinet was "actively engaged in addressing these challenges, in order to create the conditions that would make it feasible and effective to use anti-retrovirals in the public health sector".

The government said it had drawn up regulations, in consultation with pharmaceutical companies, to make it easier to import and manufacture cheap generic Aids drugs. It was also working to strengthen the healthcare system and train health workers in specialised care for Aids patients.

The authorities would also investigate the challenges the private sector faced in providing Aids medicine to thousands of South Africans infected with HIV.

"The ultimate objective is to ensure that South Africans living with Aids can have access to the treatment they need under conditions that will benefit them," the statement said.

Eric Goemaere, head of mission in South Africa for Médecins sans Frontières, which has been providing the drugs to people with HIV in a township in Cape Town, said it was very good news.

"We hope the international community is going to take the South African government at its word and monitor the introduction of these drugs," he said.

"They talk about modifying the law in their statement so generic drugs can be imported. If they wait until then there will be a year to a year-and-a-half's delay. They could have done it after the victory against the drug companies in the court case last year."

Delay was not necessary, he said. MSF already imports cheap generic versions of the drugs from Brazil which are approved by the South African licensing authorities.

The government had no choice but to change its stance on Aids drugs, he said, because of the pressure it was under from campaigners, the scientific community, doctors within and outside the country, and the international community.

Fri Oct 18, 1:20 PM ET

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The South African government has asked for more time to possibly reconsider its controversial opposition to key antiretroviral agents, AIDS (news - web sites) activists said Thursday.

South Africa has more people living with HIV (news - web sites)/AIDS than any other country, but President Thabo Mbeki's government has consistently refused to supply antiretroviral drugs through state hospitals, saying they were unproven, toxic and expensive.

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions have given the government until December 1 to change its stance and announce details of a national treatment plan for the 4.7 million HIV-infected people.

"It seems there is a genuine attempt by the government to solve the AIDS crisis. They've asked to delay the deadline and we're considering that request," TAC chairman Zackie Achmat said. He declined to give details.

Health Ministry officials were not available for comment, but sources said the government had asked for the deadline to be extended to February next year.

The first sign that the government may have changed its stance on antiretroviral drugs came last week in the form of a statement that acknowledged that such drugs could improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, the statement did not repeat the safety concerns that the government has often voiced.

AIDS activists had threatened to take the government to court, saying about 2.8 million AIDS-related deaths could be prevented by 2015 through a combination of prevention, antiretroviral therapy, counseling and testing.

President Thabo Mbeki enraged the global AIDS community in 2000 when he publicly questioned the widely accepted link between HIV and AIDS.

Achmat is HIV-positive but refuses to take antiretroviral drugs until the government makes them available to everyone through state hospitals. He has the support of former president Nelson Mandela.

Achmat's group led and won a bitter legal battle with the government this year to make nevirapine, a drug that can reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission, more widely available.

HIV in Women
By Deb Goldman, A.R.N.P., Northwest Family Center

A stereotype exists in the United States that AIDS is a gay disease. Although AIDS was first documented among homosexual men is this country in 1981, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the total AIDS cases attributable to women in the U.S. has increased from 7 percent in 1985 to 20 percent in 1996. Today, the CDC reports that over 40,000 new HIV infections occur in the U.S. each year and about 30 percent are women. AIDS stereotypes can prevent women, and their healthcare providers, from seeing themselves at risk for HIV infection. Other HIV stereotypes include the female prostitute and the injection drug user. However, the CDC estimates that approximately 75 percent of new infections among women were through heterosexual sex, and 25 percent were through injection drug use.

Worldwide, the CDC reports that as of December 2000, 16.4 million women were living with HIV/AIDS, accounting for 47 percent of the 34.7 million adults living with HIV/AIDS, and that over 80 percent of adult HIV infections are due to heterosexual transmission. AIDS is not a gay or straight or a male or female disease. AIDS is a human disease.

What are some of the issues that are unique to women living with HIV/AIDS? Here are some alarming CDC statistics:

One in five HIV-infected women is uninsured.

Approximately 50 percent of women with HIV have at least one child under the age of 15 years.

African American women are 13 percent of the U.S. female population, but represented 63 percent of newly reported female AIDS cases in 1999.

In 1999, the AIDS case rate for African American women was 49 per 100,000, compared to 14.9 for Latinas, and 2.3 for white women.

HIV/AIDS is now the third leading cause of death among women ages 25 to 44, and the leading cause of death among African American women in this age group.

Although AIDS deaths in this country are down overall, AIDS deaths in women are rising.
Why are women, especially African American women, not accessing care and treatment as readily as men? The reasons are multiple and complex. Women have families and life difficulties that they often put before their own healthcare. They may be isolated geographically and culturally and may fear rejection by family, church, or community. There is often distrust of the healthcare system, especially among minority women, because of a history in this country of abuses of people of color in research. Since it is more difficult to get women involved in necessary research, we don't know a great deal about the differences in treating men versus women as far as medication doses or side effects. We do know that esophageal candidiasis is an opportunistic infection that occurs more often in women than men, and conversely, that Kaposi's sarcoma is commonly seen in gay men but rarely in women.

What else do we know about women with HIV/AIDS? We know that menstrual disorders, such as amenorrhea (lack of menstruation), and hypermenorrhea (excess menstruation) are frequently reported by HIV-positive women. There is lack of evidence whether low CD4 counts or high HIV viral load levels have an effect on menstrual function. Menstrual disorders in women with HIV infection may be related to a combination of factors such as chronic disease, weight loss, contraception, agents used to stimulate appetite, or substance abuse. More studies are needed to understand the relationship between HIV in women and abnormal menstrual periods.

Women with HIV/AIDS are 10 times more likely to have abnormal Pap smears of the cervix than women who are HIV negative. These abnormal Paps are associated with the presence of HPV (human papilloma virus or genital wart virus) and low CD4. In 1993, the CDC included cervical cancer as an AIDS-defined diagnosis. Even with treatment of abnormal Pap smears, women with HIV infection tend to have higher recurrences of abnormal Pap smears than women without HIV infection. Adequate screening and treatment programs are needed to prevent progression of abnormal Pap smears to invasive cancer. In 1998, the CDC recommended that women with HIV have a Pap smear every 6 months and that if they have two consecutive normal Pap smears, then an annual Pap can be done.

Some studies suggest that women with HIV tend to have more vaginal yeast infections, especially those with declining CD4 counts. Women should consult their healthcare providers for the most effective treatment of yeast infections.

There are many other topics such as pregnancy and menopause that need to be considered when discussing women and HIV. Although we've made significant advances in the decline of transmission of the virus from mothers to babies during pregnancy, we need many more studies on the safety and doses of HIV drugs used for women during pregnancy. There is very little information on treatment of menopause in women with HIV infection. Likewise, there is almost no information on hormonal replacement therapy and interactions with HIV drugs for post-menopausal women.

Women with HIV may need extra assistance to overcome the multiple barriers to accessing healthcare and treatment. Women often need intensive case management, peer advocacy, mental health and chemical dependency services, help with childcare and transportation, and specialized prenatal care, as well as easier access to treatment and clinical trials. All of these measures can have an impact on transmission, death rates, and more effective treatment for women with HIV/AIDS.

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