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March 5, 2003

Sex and Art: Visual AIDS' New Web Gallery

"Sex. And everything that it entails: intimacy, seduction, pleasure, love, fear, violence, playfulness, tenderness, loneliness, alienation, obsession, confusion. ... These are aspects to sexuality that everyone has experienced. Artists with HIV are no less concerned. They might even be more concerned." A look at sex and HIV-positive artists, by this month's curator of the Visual AIDS Web Gallery.

ADAPs Fight Back Against Rising Drug Costs

With nearly 700 people in a dozen U.S. states on AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting lists, six states with the largest ADAPs will press for price concessions on AIDS treatments when they meet with drug makers in Washington on March 17.

Conference Coverage for Everybody Else

Does The Body's detailed coverage of the 10th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (also known as CROI 2003) make your eyes glaze over? Read through our easy-to-swallow recap of Search for a Cure's conference summary meeting, which will walk you through the latest developments in HIV treatment and care.

If you're a stickler for the details -- or if you don't find medical speak daunting -- visit our Retrovirus 2003 coverage page for recaps from more than a dozen top HIV specialists!

Diagnosed at 18: Carrie's Story

"At the time I was 18 years old. I wasn't even going to take the HIV test because I had to sign a consent form. I thought it must be something serious for older people to deal with. Then I agreed because I knew I couldn't have HIV since I wasn't skinny or on drugs." Carrie Ann Aims tells her story.

The Aftermath of Last Week's AIDS Vaccine News

It's been a week and a half since the news broke that AIDSVAX, the first HIV vaccine ever to reach final-stage clinical trials, was mostly ineffective -- but seemed to have possible protective benefit for African Americans and Asians. CATIE reviews the major findings from this study.

Despite the vaccine's overall lack of success, some researchers are still optimistic about the future of AIDS vaccines. This report from National Public Radio (in RealAudio format) explains why.

Mainstream media has been criticized for exaggerating the vaccine's ineffectiveness -- and particularly for playing down the findings that some minorities appeared to benefit from the vaccine. In this column from the San Francisco Chronicle, one reporter expresses his regret, and talks about the vaccine's next steps.

HPV Infection and Cervix Health

HIV-positive women infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), an extremely common STD, are more likely than HIV-negative women to have cervical dysplasia (unusual cell growths on the cervix), which can lead to cancer if left untreated. Read this article to learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of HPV and cervical dysplasia.

Treatment Education, Support Lacking in Mexico

"When stability, information and support are in place, there is a greater likelihood that a person will be adherent to medications," says Tito Ramirez, a case manager in San Diego. In Mexico, though, none of that exists -- forcing many HIV-positive men across the U.S./Mexico border for care.

African-American Heroes in HIV Battle

Click here to view some of the photographs that make up "Heroes in the Struggle," a tribute to nine African Americans who have made significant contributions to the fight against HIV.

Hepatitis C and HIV: Educate Yourself

Looking for the latest, most complete info on coinfection with hepatitis C and HIV? Check out this San Francisco AIDS Foundation article.

There's a lot more where that came from: Get the basics on hepatitis C and update yourself on the latest research in The Body's hepatitis C section.

Don't Let an Arrest Warrant Ruin Your HIV Care

The U.S. is taking away Supplemental Security Income benefits from people wanted for committing a felony. If you're a low-income HIVer with an outstanding arrest warrant, click here for information on your options.

To Prevent Transmission, Put Those Condoms on Early!

Few people realize that HIV (and other STDs) can be transmitted through contact with pre-ejaculatory fluid (pre-cum), which can come out of the penis well before a man actually ejaculates. It's one major reason why waiting until the last possible moment to put on a condom isn't such a great idea.

Women, HIV+ From Birth, Becoming Moms

It's a new landmark in the HIV epidemic: Thanks to medications, females who became infected with HIV before birth are now living long enough and are healthy enough to become pregnant themselves. These findings are the first to report pregnancies among women who were born HIV-positive.

Web Highlights

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

Malarial Treatment for Chinese AIDS Patients Prompts Inquiry in U.S.
Two UCLA researchers may have aided ethically questionable experiments in which people were injected with malaria to see if it would treat their HIV infection
From The New York Times (March 4, 2003)

South Dakota Senate Committee Approves Bill Allowing Health Department to Release Confidential HIV Records
A judge's order is now all prosecutors need to obtain a South Dakotan's HIV records
From Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report (March 4, 2003)

Structured Treatment Interruption (STI)
Part of HIV InSite's coverage of the 10th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
From HIV InSite (March 3, 2003)

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