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CRIA Update
Table of Contents, Spring 2001

About This Issue

HIV Treatment Strategies

Thanks to ongoing research and people's real life experiences, our understanding of HIV and its treatment continually expands. More treatment options are now available to people living with HIV than ever before. Having more options can be overwhelming and confusing. So many drugs with so many names. So many things to keep track of -- viral load, CD4 count, and results of resistance tests. But as the saying goes, knowledge is power. The treatment decisions we make today can affect our future options and, ultimately, our health. Strategizing about treatment has become increasingly important.

This CRIA Update looks at some of the issues to consider when developing a personal treatment strategy -- when to start therapy, what drugs to use, how best to use them and in what situations. There are no simple answers to these questions, but we hope that the information and insights offered by our writers will help people make more informed decisions and feel more comfortable with those decisions.

J. Daniel Stricker, Editor-in-Chief


CRIA co-sponsors monthly educational forums on AIDS research and treatment issues. Upcoming forums:

Wednesday, May 2
Vaccine Therapy

Wednesday, June 13
HIV, Hepatitis, and Liver Health

Wednesday, July 11
Ups and Downs: Party Drugs and HIV Meds

The forums are held at 7 P.M. in the Cronin Auditorium, 10th Floor of St. Vincent's Hospital at 11th Street and 7th Avenue, Manhattan. Forum summaries are available on CRIA's Web site:

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