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U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy Release Is Imminent
By Olivia Ford
June 17, 2010

Finally, the release of the U.S.'s first-ever national HIV/AIDS strategy is almost upon us. "We're no longer talking months; we're talking weeks," said U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy director Jeffrey Crowley in a conference call with community members on June 17. Organizations across the U.S. are circling the wagons, preparing to alert their constituencies about the strategy upon its release.

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Selzentry Labeling Includes New Warnings for People With Kidney Problems
By Myles Helfand
June 2, 2010

The CCR5 inhibitor Selzentry (Celsentri, maraviroc) should be used with caution by HIV-positive people with kidney problems, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration release. The release provides details on several changes that have just been made to the official drug labeling for Selzentry, all of which have to do with the renal (kidney) issues.

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ABC's Brothers & Sisters Tackles HIV/AIDS and the Over-50 Crowd
By Kellee Terrell
May 19, 2010

With May sweeps coming to an end, it's network television tradition to throw in, out of nowhere, cliffhangers that draw you back to a new season in the fall. ABC's Emmy-winning Sunday night drama, Brothers & Sisters, was no exception to that rule. The season finale on May 16 pulled out all the stops with a multi-car pile-up; the death of Rob Lowe's character; and the revelation that Ron Rifkin's character, a 70-something gay man, tested HIV positive.

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Community Members Step Up Pressure as GMHC Prepares to Respond
By Kellee Terrell
May 17, 2010

On May 13 at GMHC's Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) monthly meeting, Larry Kramer, longtime HIV/AIDS activist and one of GMHC's co-founders, blasted GMHC Chief Executive Officer Marjorie Hill and the co-chair of GMHC's Board of Directors (BOD), Matthew Moore. "You all should just resign," he said as they both sat in the audience.

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HIV/AIDS Clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Hit Hard by Earthquake; How You Can Help
By Myles Helfand
January 14, 2010

A quick note on some HIV/AIDS-related news trickling out of Haiti in the aftermath of this week's devastating earthquake: A key HIV/AIDS clinic in Haiti, the GHESKIO facility in Port-au-Prince, has been severely damaged but most of its staff is accounted for and OK, according to a message from Jean W. Pape, M.D., the director of the facility.

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The Thai HIV Vaccine Trial: Is It a Big Deal or Not?
By Myles Helfand
October 21, 2009

First came the over-the-top headlines hailing the results as a veritable miracle of science. Then came the over-the-top headlines calling the results into serious doubt.

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ADAP Coverage Struggling in Many States, Leaving Many HIVers in the Lurch
By Myles Helfand
October 1, 2009

That's the lesson we can apparently take away from the news of the past two weeks. On the one hand, you have The Big News of the Year: Heralds throughout the U.S. trumpeted the story about an almost-sort-of-successful HIV vaccine, despite the fact that even if it does pave the way toward a fully effective anti-AIDS shot, that may not happen for at least another decade.

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25-Year Prison Sentence Vanishes for Man Convicted of Not Disclosing HIV Status
By Myles Helfand
September 23, 2009

Twenty-five years in prison and a lifetime of parole. That's the sentence that was initially handed down to Nick Rhoades, a 34-year-old, HIV-positive man living in Iowa. His crime: Failing to disclose his HIV status to another man before having sex with him.

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How Long Will You Live With HIV? Take Studies With a Grain of Salt
By Myles Helfand
September 9, 2009

It's one of the most pressing, frightening questions facing people with HIV, whether they've been newly diagnosed or have been infected for some time. And like so many other questions in HIV, the answer is frustratingly complex, confusing and ever-changing.

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Kaletra and Gemfibrozil (Lopid): A Match Not Made in Lipid Heaven
By Myles Helfand
August 19, 2009

The latest item to add to your "Oh Great, Another Thing I Need to Keep an Eye On" list comes from the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, and it specifically concerns a drug known as gemfibrozil (brand name: Lopid), part of a family of triglyceride-fighting drugs called fibrates. The study involved eight men and seven women, all of whom were HIV-negative. Here's what happened:

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