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January 8, 2003

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 self-assessment quiz!

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 HIV-negative people.

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, click here.

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 their medications.

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 far enough.

Web Highlights

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 Network (December 19, 2002)

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