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February 7, 2002

Visual AIDS Presents February Gallery

"The specter of death has long been a catalyst for innovative artistic expression and AIDS has been no exception," says J. A. Forde of AIDS Community Research Initiative of America. He's chosen works for the Visual AIDS February Web Gallery.

Once-a-Day Sustiva to Hit U.S. Markets

The FDA has given its seal of approval to a new once-a-day form of Sustiva. More on this breaking story from The Body's daily news updates.

Love Those Lubricants! (Or Do I?)

Researchers are hopeful that several sexual lubricants -- among them Astroglide and Vagisil -- are particularly adept at killing HIV, at least in a lab. As AIDS Project Los Angeles notes, though, some skepticism remains about their true effectiveness.

Rectal Cancer: Avoiding a Bum Rap

The human papilloma virus (HPV) isn't anything to worry about, but the diseases it may cause -- like rectal cancer -- most certainly are. Those who have receptive anal sex should nip any possible problems in the -- well, you know -- by getting a quick anal Pap smear once a year. Though the procedure may be a bit uncomfortable, AIDS Community Research Initiative says, the alternative may be far worse.

Bush Proposes No Change in AIDS Funding

The Bush Administration's Fiscal Year 2003 budget, released today, recommends level funding for federal HIV/AIDS prevention services, care and treatment programs.

When Good Shots Go Bad

Thinking of getting a flu or hepatitis B vaccine? Vaccines might cause more side effects in people with HIV. Though there hasn't been much research on vaccines in people taking anti-HIV drugs, New Mexico AIDS InfoNet has a few key guidelines for people with HIV.

Where Immune-Based Therapies Come From

From the earliest cytokines to the very latest in cell-transfer technology, AIDS Community Research Initiative provides us with a thorough look at the history of immune-based HIV therapies.

Stay on Top of Your Drug Levels

Therapeutic drug monitoring is an incredibly useful tool to ensure that, if you're taking anti-HIV medications, your body's drug levels are high enough to effectively block HIV from reproducing. Learn all about it in this easy-to-read fact sheet from New Mexico AIDS InfoNet.

Enter Research Studies the Smart Way

Words from the wise on participating in research studies: Body Positive tells you what you need to know before you sign on the dotted line.

Not Your Everyday Medications

You may not have heard of them, but they're out there: unique treatment drugs that remain largely unknown and unseen. Ever hear of murabutide? Low-dose naltrexone? AIDS Treatment News provides the details.

How to Fight With a Denialist

Still can't figure out how to answer those pesky boys who tirelessly harangue all who will listen that HIV-related medical tests are inaccurate or useless, condoms don't help or that HIV does not cause AIDS? Read the AIDS Treatment News complete series and you'll be able to explain why the so-called "denialists" claims are utter nonsense.

The Faces of HIV/AIDS Education

Ronald Russo spends some time with the remarkable Body Positive Peer Education team, a group of individuals who have completely dedicated themselves to increasing HIV awareness one person at a time.

AIDS Quarantine or AIDS Community?

In Roodepoort, South Africa, the country's first AIDS village has been built -- a collection of igloo-shaped huts and other buildings meant to house hundreds of ill AIDS patients.

Youths on Meds at Risk for Heart Attacks

We are increasingly hearing of heart attacks and deaths among young people on anti-HIV medications who would not previously have been considered at high risk. However, there are many ways to help prevent these tragedies from occurring. John James tells you how, in AIDS Treatment News.

Living With HIV in N.Y. -- Before and After

Steven McMahon and Lindsay Rosier, two HIV-positive people living in New York City, reflect back over their lives before and since their diagnoses: meds, side effects, hospital visits, wonderful friends and family, and the impact of Sept. 11 on their recoveries.

New Baby in Resistance-Testing Family

The FDA has given its seal of approval to Trugene, a new drug-resistance test. AIDS Project Los Angeles provides the details.

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

Polypharmacy Problems: Drug Interactions in the Multi-Drug Therapy of HIV Infection
How drug interactions work, and which ones to look out for.
From Physicians' Research Network Notebook (February 6, 2002)

Seaweed Gel Could Protect Against HIV
And here you always thought kelp was useless.
From BBC (February 2, 2002)

Treatment Guidelines Should Place More Emphasis on CD4+ Counts Than on Viral Loads
Summary of an intriguing report from researchers at Johns Hopkins.
From HIV Treatment Bulletin (February 2002)

Now What?
"When a doctor assured me AIDS would soon end my life, I stopped planning for one. That was 20 years ago."
Opinions piece by Hugh Elliot, from Salon (January 30, 2002)

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