About This Issue
Women and HIV DiseaseWomen continue to represent the fastest growing group of HIV positive persons in the United States. It is estimated that women account for approximately 17% of AIDS cases nationwide and 40% worldwide. There are still many gaps in our knowledge of HIV in women. But, thankfully exciting new research is being conducted which should shed light on the many complicated issues that women with HIV face. We have devoted this issue of CRIA Update to discuss healthcare issues important to women with HIV/AIDS and have gathered a talented group of writers to address these important issues.
First, Anne Monroe, research associate at Cornell's HIV Clinical Trials Unit in New York City, has provided us with a medical update focusing on vaginitis and HPV from the 1999 Conference on Women and HIV/AIDS held in Los Angles and an article focusing on women in clinical research. Next, Jill Cadman, a member of CRIA's Board of Directors and research associate at Bentley-Salick Medical Practice, has provided a comprehensive update of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Followed by an article on pediatric treatment issues by regular contributor Tim Horn. Next Anne Forbes, Field Organizer for the Global Campaign for Microbicides and Women-Controlled STI/HIV Prevention Alternatives, and Polly Harrison, Ph.D., Director of the Alliance for Microbicide Development in Maryland, have comprehensively outlined the current state of knowledge of microbicides.
Last but not least, Kathryn Anastos, MD, Principal Investigator for the Women Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), NYC/Bronx consortium and Vice President and Chair, Ambulatory Services and Primary Care, Catholic Medical Centers of Brooklyn and Queens, has provided an update on HIV treatment recommendations for women.
We hope that the information in this issue will help women better understand some of the issues that are important to their health and well being.
J Daniel Stricker, Editor in Chief
CRIA co-sponsors monthly educational forums on AIDS research and treatment issues. Upcoming forums:
Wednesday, February 9 Wednesday, March 8 Wednesday, April 5 The forums are held at 7PM in the Cronin Auditorium, 10th Floor of St. Vincent's Hospital at 11th Street and 7th Avenue, Manhattan. Forum summaries are now available on CRIA's website: www.criany.org.
Update from the Retrovirus Conference
Can Your Immune System Control HIV?
Wednesday, February 9
Wednesday, March 8
Wednesday, April 5
The forums are held at 7PM in the Cronin Auditorium, 10th Floor of St. Vincent's Hospital at 11th Street and 7th Avenue, Manhattan. Forum summaries are now available on CRIA's website: www.criany.org.