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January 16, 2002

The Brighter Side of Drug Resistance

National press stories largely misinterpreted a new resistance study which found high levels of HIV drug resistance in U.S. patients. John James, Editor of AIDS Treatment News, takes a deeper look at the study and finds some surprising results.

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Buyers' Clubs for the HIV Positive

Need inexpensive vitamins, nutrients, or other natural therapies? Check out AIDS Treatment News' annual list of AIDS-related buyers' clubs.

Just Diagnosed?

Check out The Body's rich collection of articles on what to do when you've learned you're infected.

Exactly the Deposit I Had in Mind

"Just as I was about to shuffle out the door, the doc provocatively slipped me an understated green brochure entitled: 'The Brain Bank.' I thought he was making a snide comment a la 'The Weakest Link': 'Who's been writing checks they can't cash?' But it was actually an invitation to make a deposit: a donor opportunity for people with HIV/AIDS." Fred Gormley, HIV-positive adventurer and neuropathy sufferer, considers donating his brain to science.

Body Piercings Risky at Illegal Parlors

Teenagers receiving body piercings at illegal parlors could acquire HIV infection or hepatitis B, as well as other diseases, according to Florida state health officials.

Keeping MSM HIV-Free

Preventing a resurgence of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) and reducing the tremendous toll of the epidemic among African-American and Latino MSM will require accelerated, targeted, and well-designed efforts. While there may be no easy answers, one thing is clear -- there is no time to waste. Read this extensive report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Fastest Hep Test in the West

It may be the quickest method yet for detecting hepatitis C infections: a blood test that can sniff out HCV as many as 57 days earlier than current tests. If that weren't intriguing enough, the new test also appears to detect HIV-1 slightly sooner than existing blood tests. AIDS Project Los Angeles fills us in.

Two, Two, Two Hepatitis Vaccines in One

A combined hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine, Twinrix, has recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

AIDS on Film: Contest for Women

The University of Alabama's Division of Continuing Medical Education is sponsoring the HIV/AIDS in Women Photography Contest. One hundred submissions will be selected for exhibition at this July's XIV International World AIDS Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

HIV's Almost Famous of 2001

David Sayler lists ten people who could've, should've but in the end did not make a difference in 2001, from AIDS Survival News.

My Treatment's Better Than Your Treatment

A critical, long-term study to determine which of two common HIV-treatment strategies ultimately is better began last week throughout the U.S. and Australia.

Staggering HIV Numbers: 67% of Rwandan Rape Victims

Two-thirds of the many thousands of women raped during the genocidal violence in Rwanda in 1994 are infected with HIV.

Women, Sexual Abuse and HIV

Though many sexually abused women have trouble coping after they've been assaulted, HIV-positive women in relationships may be in an even worse situation. Fiona Kyck, former coordinator of AIDS Project Los Angeles' Women's Services Program, shares her thoughts on women's most common reactions when they've been sexually assaulted -- and what these women can do to make things better.

The Poetry of AIDS

When I sit at my brother's grave
I vow with all beings
to fight the virus that eats
at my humanity but not my spirit.
Read more poems like this one by Mark Escamilla, courtesy of AIDS Project Los Angeles' Writer's Workshop.

Diagnostic Testing: Bad for the Wallet

Diagnostic tests -- like those that measure CD4+ counts and viral load levels -- are incredibly key to managing HIV infection in the 21st century. Yet -- surprise, surprise -- the tests ain't cheap. The problem's especially severe in the developing world, where drug prices might finally be dropping, but the costs of monitoring patients' progress aren't. Bob Huff of GMHC Treatment News sounds off.

Upcoming Conference: AIDS and African Americans

The 2002 National Conference on African-Americans and AIDS will be held at the D.C. Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. on February 25-26.

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 works by HIV-positive artists. This month's gallery is called "Queer Body Politic(s)."

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

Lubes and HIV
(A research study shows that some sexual lubricants may kill HIV.)
From Salon (January 16, 2002)

An Expert's Eye on Teenage Sex, Risk and Abuse
(An interview with Lynn Ponton, professor of psychiatry and counselor for traumatized youths.)
From The New York Times (free registration required) (January 15, 2002)

Structured Treatment Interruptions for the Management of HIV Infection
(An interesting summary of a review of various STI strategies.)
From AIDS Education Training Center (January 14, 2002)

Bitter Feud Casts Pall Over AIDS Ride
(Just last year it was a huge fundraiser, but now it's being torn apart by internal struggles.)
From San Francisco Chronicle (January 10, 2002)

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