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January 15, 2003

Just How Effective ARE Condoms?

Although research has repeatedly shown that condoms are one of the best ways to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, their efficacy has been questioned by, among others, abstinence-only advocates. Here is a detailed report regarding the truth about condoms.

Women: You Don't Have to Have Anal Sex to Get Anal Cancer

Although people usually associate anal cancer with gay men, women are just as much at risk. If you're a woman with HIV and have ever had human papillomavirus (HPV, an extremely common STD), cervical dysplasia or anal sex, read this notice from ACRIA.

A Long Road to Today's Treatment Successes

"Seeing people go from being very sick to healthy or never getting sick from HIV -- wow! I was around when that was not the case." HIV treatment advocate Anthony Salandra discusses how far treatment education has come since the epidemic's early days.

Fighting for HIV Healthcare

Healthcare funding for HIV-positive people continues to plummet, with no relief in sight. But you're not helpless! The HIV community has the power to make a difference.

Moms Play Major Role in Teens' Sexual Behavior

Mothers can have a dramatic effect on their teenage children's sexual behavior, according to a recent study. Caring, connectedness, consistency, and clarity with teens are important -- especially for younger teens.

Dangers of HIV/Hepatitis B Coinfection

Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that men infected with a combination of hepatitis B and HIV are 17 times more likely to die than those with hepatitis B alone.

Check Up on Your Bones

People with osteopenia or osteoporosis (two types of bone loss) often don't have early symptoms, so it's easy to be totally unaware they have these disorders. But they're a growing problem among people with HIV, and there is a non-invasive test that your doctor can use to check the health of your bones.

HIV/AIDS PDFs Make Excellent Handouts

Need a fact sheet to hand out for a workshop, support group or just for your personal use? Check out The Body's extensive collection of PDFs.

Learn More About Sustiva

If you're considering taking Sustiva (efavirenz) -- or you're already on it and want to learn more about it -- read this fact sheet from The Center for AIDS.

You can also check out The Body's collection of articles on Sustiva.

New Studies for Moms, Cancer Patients

A new study in New York City is looking to help HIV-positive mothers with alcohol/drug abuse concerns who are raising their teenage children. If you or someone you know might be interested in taking part, click here to read more.

The AIDS Malignancy Consortium is opening a major new HIV lymphoma trial at 15 major U.S. medical centers. For more information, click here.

For a directory of other clinical trials available throughout the U.S., visit The Body's comprehensive section on Open Clinical Trials!

Frequently Asked Questions on Hepatitis C

Got questions about the diagnosis and testing of hepatitis C? Read this FAQ from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Survey Asks: What's the Perfect Drug Regimen?

A recent survey asked HIV-positive people in the U.S. what they looked for in an "ideal" HAART regimen. The results? People seemed to prefer a regimen of two small pills dosed at the same time each day with no food requirements or restrictions, an "acceptable" side effects profile, and one prescription refilled monthly with one co-pay.

New Group Battles for Global Treatment Access

Meet GALEN, the world's latest attempt to bring the best in HIV treatment to the folks who need it most: Africans, Asians and other HIVers in the developing world.

A Closer Look at a Venerable AIDS Organization

As Chicago's Test Positive Aware Network celebrates 15 years of serving people with HIV, it looks back over how it got where it is today.

Web Highlights

A Selection of the Top HIV/AIDS Stories From Across the Internet:

AIDS Hasn't Peaked Yet -- And That's Not the Worst of It
The executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says the war has just begun
From The Washington Post (January 12, 2003)

Report From the 4th International Workshop on Adverse Drug Reactions and Lipodystrophy in HIV
A summary of major news from the conference, which took place last September
From The Hopkins HIV Report (January 2003)

Smallpox Vaccination and HIV Infection
A detailed report on the effect of vaccinia on HIV and HAART
From The Hopkins HIV Report (January 2003)

HIV Superinfection and Immune Control: Implications for Vaccine Development?
A thorough review of recent research
From The PRN Notebook (free registration required) (December 2002)

HIV/AIDS Terminology Media Guide
An intriguing look at what Australian media considers appropriate and inappropriate terms to use when reporting on HIV
From Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (2000)

Provides guidelines, clinical trial databases and other information on HIV prevention and treatment to doctors, researchers, HIVers and the general public
From U.S. National Institutes of Health

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