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January 10, 2002

Visual AIDS: A New Year of HIV+ Artists

New York-based artist George Kimmerling is this month's curator in the always-fascinating monthly Visual AIDS Web Gallery of art by HIV-positive artists. This month's gallery is called "Queer Body Politic(s)."

Treatment Cycling: Less Than Perfect

A seven-day on/off treatment regimen has kept some carefully selected patients HIV-suppressed for more than a year. But these seemingly hopeful findings have many strings attached: In many patients, the regimen is likely to cause more harm than good. For the details, read this from AIDS Treatment News.

One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Haven't got your flu vaccine yet? Read through The Body's section on flu vaccines. It's never too late to get one!

Condoms for Dummies

Browse through this simple guide to condoms, chock full of helpful tidbits: Learn how to talk about condoms with your partner, how to respond to someone who's reluctant to use them, and a step-by-step guide to their use. Get it all courtesy of San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Women Still Get Second-Rate Treatment

Although anti-HIV therapy has prolonged life and revolutionized care for many people living with HIV, women remain underrepresented in clinical trials; less knowledgeable than HIV-positive men about the latest antiretroviral therapies; and less likely to be recruited for studies by their medical providers. Read this and other news from our daily news update.

Greater Empowerment, Microbicide-Style

Microbicides will give people who can't insist on condoms a way of protecting themselves from HIV and other STDs. A newly proposed government bill could substantially increase the U.S. government's investment in microbicide research and development. Read the details on how you can help get the bill passed!

Deny THIS, Denialists!

Part two of an article by Bruce Mirken looking at the reliability of HIV testing. He not only covers HIV testing in depth, but also answers the arguments of AIDS "denialists" who claim that HIV tests are unreliable, that HIV has not been proven to exist, or that HIV does not cause AIDS. Read the details in AIDS Treatment News.

Government Assistance the Easy Way

Whether you have a bank account or not, you can now have your government-assistance checks deposited electronically, rather than hauling your check to the bank and standing on line. Find out more on Electronic Transfer Accounts, courtesy of AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Tenofovir and Bone Troubles

Although tenofovir is an exciting new drug for people looking for a third-line treatment plan, it also carries a risk of causing bone toxicity or impairment -- most likely caused by a phosphorus deficiency. AIDS Survival News' Kelly Williams and Guy Pujol offer some tips on tenofovir and how to compensate for this deficiency.

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!

Eye Disease and HIV

Various eye-related problems do strike HIV-positive people, but advances in treatment have made such conditions much less of a concern. AIDS Project Los Angeles provides a rundown of the more common eye problems in people with HIV.

A Different Kind of "Evildoer"?

Federal agents have stormed a West Hollywood building. People have gathered in the streets to watch. Is it a major raid on a U.S. terrorist cell? Have they found the anthrax mailer? Not exactly.

The Body's Top-Notch Conference Coverage

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 intriguing reports -- some of which are highlighted below.

If a decision is made to discontinue cytomegalovirus retinitis maintenance therapy, Dr. Brian Boyle reports, patients should be closely followed for evidence of a relapse.

Dr. Robert Frascino takes a look at surviving anemia and HIV disease.

An interesting study evaluated how well a "virtual phenotype" predicts the effects of RT mutations on resistance to abacavir and other HIV drugs. Read the results from Dr. Mark Holodniy.

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

New Findings on HIV-Kaposi's Sarcoma Link
(The skin-lesion virus predated San Francisco's AIDS epidemic.)
From San Francisco Chronicle (January 9, 2002)

AIDS: Another World War
("Whether measured by numbers killed or nations wounded, by economies upended or families crushed, the AIDS pandemic is a deadlier global threat than that posed by terrorist groups.")
From The Nation (January 7, 2002)

Pulmonary Manifestations of HIV Infection in the Era of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy
("The surprise here is the increased risk for bacterial pneumonia in patients receiving HAART despite the higher mean CD4 cell count.")
From National AIDS Education and Training Centers Program (January 7, 2002)

Trends in STDs
("For a number of reasons, STDs are indeed hard to control and track.")
From San Francisco Chronicle (December 17, 2001)

Psychiatric Issues in the Management of Patients with HIV Infection
From Journal American Medical Association (December 12, 2001)

Prevalence of Hearing Loss in a Cohort of HIV-Infected Patients
From Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery (December 2001)

Library of the International AIDS Economics Network
(An online collection of materials about the public economics of HIV/AIDS in developing countries.)

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