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
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
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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."
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
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
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
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)