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January 30, 2002

"The Body Features: Women & HIV," the maiden voyage of our outstanding new features area, will launch within a few days! Throughout the year we will publish new feature sections, each focusing on an important issue in HIV/AIDS. Our first offering will contain an extraordinary collection of interviews, articles, artworks and helpful resources on the epidemic among U.S. women. Check our "What's New" page soon for more details!

Making Your HIV Fighters Stronger

While the elimination of HIV in the near future looks less and less likely, therapeutic immunization -- which strengthens the immune systems of HIV-positive people -- is looking more and more promising. The details, from AIDS Community Research Initiative.

Interleukin-2: Friend or Foe?

"Many people continue to be intrigued by the potential of Interleukin-2 (IL-2), yet questions about IL-2 remain unanswered, including the most basic one -- is it an effective HIV therapy?" Tracy Swan of AIDS Community Research Initiative takes a look at IL-2's performance numbers.

Why Are Older Positive People Sicker?

In their "Living Longer With HIV Study," researchers found that older HIV-positive people have a level of symptoms approaching twice that of younger infected people. The gap is almost as dramatic when comparing infected older people with those who don't have the virus. The brain, they said, can be a harbinger of rebounding infection in patients whose illness appears in check. The study is still seeking participants, including people 50 and older who are either HIV positive or HIV negative.

A Very Unmoving Memorial

"The memorial is right there in the middle of everything: an unimposing patch of concrete the size of a living room. Inked in black are names and shapes which don't jump at the eye from a gray background. It just lies there, waiting for me to come closer if I want to know what it says." Ron Mackovich of AIDS Project Los Angeles visits the newly restored Highways Memorial AIDS Floor in Santa Monica, Calif.

Coenzyme Q10 and You

Questions and answers about the popular supplement coenzyme Q10, from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Housing for the HIV-Positive

People with HIV/AIDS throughout the U.S. are facing a housing crisis -- especially in cities, where low-rent apartments are often hard to come by. If you or someone you know would be interested in renting units to HIV-positive people, AIDS Project Los Angeles can tell you how to help.

Why Sweden's Better Than Us

A recent study found that although the Americans and Swedes seem to have similar rates of teen sexual activity, American teens had seven times the rate of pregnancy. The reason? The Sexuality Information and Education Council fills us in.

Sinful Decisions: South Africa and HIV

On Friday, the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town asserted that the South African government's refusal to provide medication that could prevent the spread of HIV was a sin.

The Silent Minority: Abused Men

While plenty of attention is justly paid to female sexual abuse victims, abused men are often left in the shadows. AIDS Project Los Angeles' Buddy Akin talks about the difficult issues male abuse victims must face -- and what they can do about them.

Eating Healthy During the Apocalypse

Though it's unlikely you'll be forced into a fallout shelter anytime soon, the events of Sept. 11 have left a lot of us -- especially those who are more susceptible to illness -- wondering just how we'd be able to keep ourselves safe and healthy in an emergency. AIDS Project Los Angeles provides a quick guide to making sure you've got enough food and water to take you through most any emergency.

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

When HIV Made Its Jump to People
How scientists were shocked to find that almost every cat and monkey on Earth is infected with an HIV-like virus.
Article from The New York Times (free registration required) (January 29, 2002)

HIV/AIDS: The Ravage Continues
The outlook from Africa grows more grim.
Article from This Day, a leading daily newspaper in Nigeria (January 29, 2002)

Wrong Man for the Job
A major newspaper understands the obvious: President Bush's appointment of an anti-condom conservative to head his AIDS panel was a terrible decision.
Editorial from the San Francisco Chronicle (January 28, 2002)

A Clinically Prognostic Scoring System for Patients Receiving Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy
Results from the EuroSIDA Study.
Article from the Journal of Infectious Diseases (January 28, 2002)

How Men's Power Over Women Fuels the HIV Epidemic
It limits women's ability to control sexual interactions.
Editorial from the British Medical Journal (January 26, 2002)

Reducing Heterosexual Transmission of HIV in Poor Countries
A comprehensive look at the spread of HIV, including several charts and graphs.
Clincal review from the British Medical Journal (January 26, 2002)

Millions Still Suffer, Caught in the Middle of an AIDS Turf War
Why vaccine development is going so slowly.
Opinion article from The Independent, a United Kingdom-based newspaper (January 25, 2002)

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