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January 22, 2003

Interview With an HIV Doctor

Tom Barrett, a young gay doctor who grew up with the epidemic, talks about HIV drug combinations and some of their most common side effects.

How Club Drugs Make HIV More Dangerous

Club drugs -- like ecstasy, roofies, methamphetamines and Viagra -- can have serious repercussions for HIV-positive people and can put HIV-negative people at a much higher risk of infection. Find out why, and learn more about how drug users can reduce their risks, in this excellent article from IAPAC.

Older Women Especially at Risk for Bone Problems

Bone problems can affect both men and women, but older women are naturally more susceptible -- and having HIV only increases the risk. ACRIA provides an overview of osteoporosis (brittle bones), osteonecrosis (bone death) and other bone problems in HIV-positive women.

Four-Drug Treatment Has Success in Trials

We've all gotten used to HIV treatment with three drugs; now researchers are testing four-drug regimens. A recent study found that every patient taking three NRTIs -- Combivir (AZT + 3TC) and Ziagen (abacavir) -- with Sustiva (efavirenz, an NNRTI) had undetectable viral loads after 48 weeks, no matter how high their original viral load had been.

Smallpox and the HIV-Positive Healthcare Worker

What if you are a healthcare worker and HIV positive? How do you protect yourself -- both medically and legally -- during the U.S. smallpox vaccination campaign?

For much more news and information specifically geared toward HIV healthcare professionals, register at The Body Pro! The Body's new sister site offers special newsletters by e-mail and fax, an "Ask Your Colleagues" forum, and -- beginning with our coverage of the Retrovirus conference next month -- free continuing education credit for physicians and nurses!

Gay Men in NYC Toss Safe Sex Out the Window

High-risk sex -- particularly unprotected anal sex, recreational drug use before sex, casual sex with multiple partners and a lack of disclosure -- is rampant among men who have sex with men (MSM), according to a New York City Department of Health study. Researchers assert that prevention efforts have failed to reach the city's MSM, who have largely abandoned safe sex practices.

Depression and HIV

Depression is more common than you would think in people living with HIV. Check out this brochure from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.

Meet Other HIVers at The Body's Community Center

Killfoile: "17 years of being positive has given me many opportunities to grow and learn about HIV people and life. This experience is what brings me here and the desire to share them and maybe help someone else. There are many times when I will reach out to others and I am offering my experience to others, or just moral support."

Talk with Killfoile and other HIVers at our Living With HIV bulletin board!

Why Everyone Should Be an Organ Donor

With hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. waiting desperately for donated organs -- and many dying each day while they wait -- there's only one course left to take, activist Larry Kramer says: It's time to turn organ donation from an opt-in system into an opt-out one.

Poetry by an HIV-Positive Prisoner

In this poem, HIV-positive prisoner David Kearney reflects on the mistakes that have brought him where he is today.

Get the Facts on HIV Drugs

Bookmark this collection of convenient, easy-to-read fact sheets on all 17 anti-HIV medications approved for use in the U.S. They're provided by The Center for AIDS.

Voices From the HIV Front Lines

"Even the police rape us or threaten us with prison if we refuse sex. They do this knowing we have no place to run to." A Botswanan commercial sex worker is one of several people -- famous and not -- included in this collection of recent quotes on HIV.

African American Groups Join to Prevent HIV Spread

A coalition of black print, broadcast and Internet media in the U.S. has announced a massive campaign to prevent the growing spread of AIDS among African Americans.

Use Local Cable to Spread HIV Awareness

Looking for a grant? There is funding available for AIDS organizations and local cable systems to work together in joint community outreach efforts.

Can Fish Help Fight Heart Disease?

A recent study found that by giving people small amounts of certain fish and plant oils, researchers were able to lower their blood levels of triglyceride and "bad" cholesterol -- two gauges of heart disease risk. Although the subjects in this study were healthy and HIV negative, the results may be useful for researchers examining ways to counter the side effects of some HIV drugs.

Negotiating California's Medi-Cal System

OK, so you're living in California, your doctor has prescribed Serostim for your wasting symptoms, but Medi-Cal refuses to cover the cost of the drug. What do you do next? AIDS Project Los Angeles has some tips.

Web Highlights

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

Fact of Life: Condoms Can Keep Disease at Bay
Yet another reason why Bush's abstinence-only, anti-condom stance is way off base: Young women in the U.S. are still having plenty of sex, and about half of them don't know the right way -- or the right time -- that condoms should be used, which greatly increases their STD risk
From The New York Times (free registration required) (January 21, 2003)

Lesbian Transmission of HIV: A Rare Case Reported
Researchers suspect "vigorous" use of shared sex toys as the cause
From AIDS Map (January 21, 2003)

Texas Teaches Abstinence, With Mixed Grades
In the seven years since Texas schools began teaching only abstinence, young people here have been anything but abstinent
From The Washington Post (January 21, 2003)

Swaziland Has World's Highest AIDS Rate
Almost four out of 10 adults in the small African nation are HIV-positive
From The Guardian (January 3, 2003)

The HIV/AIDS Vaccine Research Effort: An Update
Despite many challenges, a good amount of progress has been made
From The Hopkins HIV Report (January 2003)

  
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