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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 HIV

Start 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 Breaks

Read 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.

Bone Problems
"Bone disease, especially thinning of the bone (osteopenia), is an emerging area requiring careful monitoring. . . . However, one study presented last year showed about a 10 percent higher risk of osteopenia and the more severe osteoporosis in those with untreated HIV infection." Dr. Cal Cohen reports on the attempt to find a source for emerging complications of HIV therapy.

Structured Treatment Interruption
Dr. Paul Sax reviews a study examining the effectiveness of structured treatment interruption in patients with acute HIV infection.

Tipranavir is an interesting and important new protease inhibitor, but many questions remain about its effectiveness in patients who have tried protease inhibitors in the past. Dr. Andrew Pavia reports on one recent study of the drug.

Drug Resistance
"One could argue from the results of this study that undetectable virus was achieved in spite of drug resistance being present. . . . It is important for practitioners and patients to reconsider the premature abandonment of a regimen even though the patient has not reached undetectable viral load in 4-5 months." Dr. Mark Holodiny writes about the latest resistance studies.

Rescue Therapy
Read the latest on third-line HIV therapies from Dr. Andrew Pavia.

Gay Men Account for Half of New Infections

Recent 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 Vaccines

Promising 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 Causes

Researchers 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 Healthier

Despite 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 HIV

Thanks 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 Testing

Bruce 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 Rise

The 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 101

While 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 Conference

The National HIV/AIDS Update Conference meets in San Francisco from March 19-22. Topics covered will include prevention, treatment, and care.

Web Highlights
A Selection of the Top HIV/AIDS Stories from Across the Internet

Living with AIDS: Activists Fight Barriers to Organ Transplants for HIV-Positive Patients
From San Francisco Chronicle (December 30, 2001)

Catholics to Campaign Against Ban on Condoms
From The East African Standard (Nairobi) (December 27, 2001)

Science and Treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C Virus Coinfection
From International AIDS Society (December 2001)

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