What's New at The Body
HIV/AIDS News You Can Use
January 3, 2002
New Ask the Experts Forum at The Body!HIV positive? Got questions on understanding your laboratory test results? Viral load, resistance or liver test results got you stumped? Dr. Mark Holodniy and Dr. Susan Little are now available to answer your questions!
Complementary Therapies and HIVStart the new year right and learn some tips on complementary therapies and HIV in The Body's comprehensive section.
The Body's Conference Coverage: HIV/AIDS Info as it BreaksRead The Body's stellar coverage of the 41st Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Ten of the U.S.' most outstanding HIV specialists were on hand and brought back a variety of interesting reports -- some of which we highlight below.
Structured Treatment Interruption
Gay Men Account for Half of New InfectionsRecent research suggests that, despite HIV's spread across sexual, social and ethnic lines, men who have sex with men remain at significantly greater risk than other groups in the United States. Read the summary of the report from SIECUS.
Gov't to Begin Testing HIV VaccinesPromising new HIV vaccines will soon be tested in humans, according to an announcement from The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Lipodystrophy's Many CausesResearchers have found that factors such as diet, stress and exercise may contribute to metabolic disturbances experienced by many people with HIV. Read the details of this study in HIV Treatment ALERTS!
HIV and Children: Happier and HealthierDespite the problems associated with management of HIV-infected children -- namely, adherence and drug resistance -- advances in treatment have allowed them to live longer, healthier lives. Dr. Marilyn Doyle gives an update on the advances in treating children and pregnant women with HIV, in HIV Treatment ALERTS!
Keeping Baby Safe from HIVThanks to recent advances, pregnant HIV-positive women can now reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to their unborn infants to less than 2%. Read the recently revised U.S. government recommendations for HIV screening of pregnant women. (You'll need Adobe Acrobat to read the file; a list of recommendations for pregnant women starts on page 59.)
The Basics of HIV TestingBruce Mirken writes about HIV testing, including the reliability of the tests, new oral HIV tests and rapid HIV tests, and viral load testing to detect HIV in the "window period."
Federal HIV/AIDS Funding on the RiseThe U.S. Congress put its final stamp of approval on funding increases for HIV/AIDS programs: AIDS Action provides the details.
Not only that, but the U.S. House of Representatives also easily passed a bill authorizing increased funding for the global battle against HIV/AIDS. More on this from the pleased editors of AIDS Action.
Why Is South Africa Destroying Itself?For various reasons, South Africa has utterly failed to deal with one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. John James explains why, in AIDS Treatment News.
College Students Still Need HIV 101While college students in general express more tolerant attitudes toward people with AIDS today than they had a decade ago, a recent study finds that men and women still have very different opinions on the issue. The study's authors conclude that HIV-prevention and intervention programs must focus on the particular concerns of males and females.
Upcoming HIV/AIDS ConferenceThe National HIV/AIDS Update Conference meets in San Francisco from March 19-22. Topics covered will include prevention, treatment, and care.
Living with AIDS: Activists Fight Barriers to Organ Transplants for