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Letter From the Editor

June 2005

Dear Readers,

At Body Positive, we routinely receive input from a wide range of sources -- from participants in our support groups and callers to our Helpline, from visitors to our Web site and from attendees at our trainings and special events. And one issue that keeps rearing its ugly head from all angles is the seemingly ever-growing problem of co-infection with HIV and viral hepatitis -- especially the hepatitis C virus, for which there is no vaccine available.

So we decided to devote this entire issue, from cover to cover, to the multiple challenges facing those who are forced to battle two such potentially lethal viruses at the same time. We start the issue with an in-depth review of the facts about hepatitis C by four experts from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. We continue with two articles that can help you empower yourself if you are facing co-infection, one on nutritional options and one on mental health.

The issue continues with a first-person account by a man who is co-infected with HIV and hepatitis B, a discussion of tattooing as a possible conduit for hep C infection in prisons, and a "Psychologically Speaking" column with advice from our regular columnist Dr. J. Buzz von Ornsteiner.

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Speaking of Dr. Buzz, we hope that you have all by now discovered his weekly "Ask Dr. Buzz" call-in radio show about HIV/AIDS, which is sponsored by Body Positive. For those of you who have yet to tune in, the show can be heard every Wednesday from 2:30-3:00 pm on WWRL 1600 AM in the New York City area.

We also invite you to learn more about Body Positive as an agency, and to view back issues of Body Positive Magazine, by visiting our newly re-designed Web site at www.bodypos.org. We hope to see you in cyberspace ...





  
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