Once-a-Day Zerit Approved in U.S.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new, extended-release formulation of Zerit (stavudine, d4T) called Zerit XR. This extended-release formulation allows for once-daily dosing.
The Body Covers Retrovirus 2003, the Year's Biggest HIV Conference
The most important AIDS conference of the year is the Conference on
Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. It draws more than 3,200
clinicians and scientists from around the world to present the latest
research on HIV, AIDS and opportunistic infections. Bookmark this page
and watch for extensive coverage from The Body!
Have you registered to attend next month's Retrovirus conference? If
you have, but you haven't yet declared your housing arrangements,
be sure to do so before Jan. 10, or you could have your registration
revoked! For those who haven't yet signed up for the conference,
the registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 10. Click here for more information.
How Has HIV Treatment Changed for 2003?
"What came out from The World AIDS Conference in Barcelona that will affect decision-making in your practice?" Dr. Daniel S. Berger answers this and other questions in Positively Aware.
HIV-Positive Artists in the New Year
Welcome to the new year's first Visual AIDS Web Gallery, curated by
Eungie Joo, who explains: "The works collected here are about living.
About getting quiet and looking around. About the body as a vessel.
About memory systems and recollection. About living and betrayal."
Safer Sex: Not as Easy as People Think
"We all get the mechanics of safer sex. We all know. I knew, címon,
I knew. But letís talk about the incredibly complex emotional,
psychosocial stew each one of us swims in, with all our neuroses,
our impulses, our needs for connection in a stressful, difficult
world -- this is where a brain surgeon canít help us." Always
insightful and entertaining, the irreverent Jim Pickett discusses HIV prevention.
You and Your Meds: Perfect Together?
Are you taking medications for HIV? Do you wonder how well you're
coping with life as an HIVer? Find out with this helpful
If You Have HIV, Stay Away From Smallpox Vaccine
People with HIV and certain other medical conditions must avoid
getting the smallpox vaccine: Any exposure to the vaccine is dangerous in people with weakened immune systems. Doctors even suggest positive people avoid close contact with recently vaccinated
Women's Hormones and HIV
A woman's hormone levels -- not only estrogen and progesterone, but
testosterone as well -- can have a major impact on her health and
well-being. Read this excellent guide to hormone-related problems
in women with HIV, part of ACRIA's "Treatment Issues for Women."
U.S.: A Bad Role Model for the Global AIDS Fight
The U.S. may be controlling HIV better than most other countries,
but our government's response to the epidemic over the past 20 years
has been shoddy at best. Several major AIDS organizations discussed
U.S. domestic AIDS policy at this past summer's International AIDS Conference.
In the latest example of why the U.S. has a less-than-stellar reputation on global AIDS, the government recently blocked an important trade agreement on generic drug access in poor countries.
Negotiations fell apart when the U.S insisted that any agreement
apply only to AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and similar major
epidemics -- a move designed to protect the companies that make
drugs for cancer, heart disease and hundreds of other deadly illnesses.
Movie Delves Into Lives of GLBT Teens
Body Positive examines "Working It Out", a powerful film on the lives
of gay, lesbian and bisexual teens. The film is being used as an
HIV-prevention tool throughout the U.S.
How One Man Made a Difference
When HIV treatment educator Philip Gardiepy-Hefner moved to northern
Michigan in 1992, he was shocked to find virtually no support services for HIV-positive people. So, he started his own -- and his tireless
work has transformed Michigan's HIV landscape.
Can Learning About Meds Ever Become FUN?
"I have been talking to just about anyone who would listen about my
desire to see a core curriculum developed that's been shaped by
treatment activists and designed by the kind of cool people who know
how to make educational materials interactive and fun." Julie Davids
wants to see a revolution in the way HIV treatment is taught.
Huge Obstacles to AIDS Care in Iran
In Iran, because homosexuality and sex outside marriage are strictly
prohibited and subject to harsh punishments, those who contract HIV
sexually are reluctant to seek medical help. Plus many doctors turn
people with HIV away. For more on the AIDS situation in Iran,
Hepatitis C: Not Just Transmitted by Blood
British researchers have done a preliminary study that suggests
hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection may be increasingly transmitted sexually in HIV-positive people.
HIV Decimates Zimbabwe's Military
Zimbabwe has one of the highest incidences of HIV in southern Africa,
with an estimated 2,000 people dying of the disease every week. Plus
a recent estimate noted that 50 percent of Zimbabwe's soldiers are HIV-positive.
Men on HIV Treatment Are From Mars ...
A recent study compared HIV treatment between men and women, and found
some interesting results: Women generally started therapy months later,
for instance, and were far more likely to stop taking one or more of
Unique Mouthwash May Help Treat Thrush
For HIV-positive people who have fungal infections in their mouths
that are resistant to fluconazole, a recent study showed that a
mouthwash made from a derivative of tea tree oil may be useful.
Heart Problems in Children With HIV
A recent study found that between 18 and 39 percent of HIV-positive
children experienced heart problems. Click here to read the abstract.
HIV Among Native Alaskans
"HIV can wipe a village out," Moose told a crowd recently marking
World AIDS Day at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. "We had to tell
our people because not telling them meant extinction." In Alaska an
Inupiat woman is breaking the silence and sharing the story of her
brother's HIV diagnosis.
The Good and Bad of Coke's HIV Treatment Promise
Although Coca-Cola has announced it will spend about $5 million a
year to provide anti-HIV medications to many of its HIV-positive
employees in Africa, activists say the company's plan doesn't go
A Selection of the Top HIV/AIDS Stories From Across the Internet:
Top Papers of 2002
Brief summaries of the 12 most important HIV-related publications of last year, compiled by HIV researcher Dr. John G. Bartlett
From The Hopkins HIV Report (January 2003)
South Africans With AIDS Seek Out a Quiet Place to Die
A closer look at Sparrow Rainbow Village in South Africa, where four people with AIDS die every week
From The New York Times (December 28, 2002)
Many Hide GLBT Orientation From Doctors
Less than half of all GLBT people in the U.S. have told their doctors about their sexual orientation, which can seriously hurt the chances that their doctor will screen for certain STDs
From Gay.com/PlanetOut.com Network (December 19, 2002)