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January 30, 2002
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Making Your HIV Fighters StrongerWhile 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 YouQuestions and answers about the popular supplement coenzyme Q10, from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Housing for the HIV-PositivePeople 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 UsA 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 HIVOn 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 MenWhile 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 ApocalypseThough 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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