Letter from the Editor
This issue features the news and reviews from the 12th World AIDS Conference, held this year in Geneva, Switzerland. Unlike the last World AIDS Conference, no news headlines shouted about the end of AIDS and the salvation drugs called protease inhibitors. Rather, like the country it was held in, a neutral feeling prevailed. It reminds all of us that instant "cures" and miraculous recoveries are the stuff of headlines and TV mini-series, not the slower pace of the real world.
The reality that came out of the World AIDS Conference was a grab bag of good and bad news. There are some better ways to combine and use old drugs that can really benefit people living with HIV/AIDS. Unfortunately, completely eradicating HIV from the blood does not seem possible even with all the new treatment options and combinations. But on the up side, there is some exciting news on ways to re-awaken the immune system so that the body can once again take over fighting off HIV and associated problems.
Two years after protease inhibitors went on the market, unwanted and unexplainable side effects with fat deposits and cholesterol are surfacing. Janice Price, a RN and member of our Scientific Review Committee, has looked into these side effects and some theories about why they may be occurring. Two other related articles by a nutritionist and a Doctor of Naturopathy examine different ways of combating these dangerous side effects, ranging from eating right to herbal remedies.
Our guest writer this month is a STEP volunteer and active HIV activist in Seattle. He writes a personal story about his experience with HIV and hemophilia. And our alternative medicine article features a new look at one of the world's oldest therapies, acupuncture.
This article was provided by Seattle Treatment Education Project. It is a part of the publication STEP Perspective.