Women Discuss Top HIV Health Issues
"What's the most important health issue facing women with HIV today?"
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation asked women with HIV, doctors,
researchers and others for their opinion. Do you agree with what
they have to say?
U.S. Government Gets Tough on Vitamin Safety
Supplementing your diet with vitamins is often recommended for people
with HIV. But how do you know you're getting what you pay for?
There's currently no guarantee. However, for the first time, the U.S.
Food and Drug Adminstration will establish standards to ensure that
vitamins and other dietary supplements are what the labeling on the
bottle says they are.
The Body's Community Center: On the Web, You're Never Alone
Are you a person with AIDS (PWA) hoping to talk about life with other
PWAs, or just need to get something off your chest? Want to talk with
people around the world about HIV treatment, politics, or whatever
else is on your mind? Stop in at The Body's Community Center! No
registration is required, and anonymous posts are welcome.
Trizivir Alone Not as Good as Regimens With Sustiva
A large study of HAART regimens in people taking HIV drugs for the
first time has found that Trizivir by itself is much worse at
suppressing viral load than Trizivir or Combivir taken with Sustiva
(efavirenz). The findings were so conclusive that researchers made
the rare decision to switching volunteers off of Trizivir-only regimens in the middle of the study.
Ask Our Psychiatrist
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Horwath, The Body's newest expert in our popular mental health forum.
Click here to ask him your question.
Sex Education Debate Rages Across U.S.
Reflecting a trend spreading through the U.S., Washington's State
Senate will soon vote on whether abstinence-only sexual education
curriculum or "medically accurate" curriculum will be taught in
the state's public schools. Right now public schools in Washington
are permitted to teach abstinence-only sexual education, though many
have complained that information taught in such classes is often
false or misleading.
For more on the heated battle between lawmakers who promote
abstinence-only sexual education and those who favor "medically
accurate" sexual education (which could include abstinence), read
this article from SIECUS.
HIV Doctors Should Educate, Not Just Treat
Doctors must work more closely with treatment advocates to ensure
that people with HIV get the best possible support and care, says
nurse practictioner Debra Johnson. "We are not doing a fabulous job
alone in our efforts to improve adherence," she confesses.
Fighting AIDS on the Global Front
Joep Lange, the new President of the International AIDS Society,
discusses the organization he now heads and his thoughts on the HIV
epidemic in Africa and Asia.
The Next Generation of NNRTIs
In every class of HIV medications there are drugs in development.
Here's a short list of non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase
inhibitors (NNRTIs) currently in the pipeline.
For a complete listing of HIV meds in development, browse through
The Body's collection of articles!
Human Growth Hormone: An Immune Booster?
Many HIV-positive people use human growth hormone (also known as
hGH or somatropin) to treat the symptoms of wasting and
lipodystrophy. But did you know that researchers think it might
also be able to strengthen the body's immune system?
The Dangers of Genital Tract Infections in Women
If left untreated, female genital tract infections can cause serious
problems, including pain, inflammation and reproductive complications.
Sometimes the symptoms can be deceivingly common, like stomach or back
pain. Click here for advice on how to keep these
infections at bay.
AIDS Takes the Stage
In "Markings of the Soul," a one-man touring theatre show starring
Kerry O. Burns, Kerry relives the time he spent with his older brother
Timothy, an artist who died of AIDS in the 1980s. Timothy lived in
Atlanta, where prejudices made the battle against HIV even tougher.
Depression: A Hidden Epidemic Among HIV-Positive Prisoners
Eric Avery, M.D.'s intimate involvement in the psychiatric care
of HIV-positive female inmates has led him to some disturbing
realizations. "I couldn't believe how often I diagnosed
post-traumatic stress disorder in these women compared to my
'free world' work," he marvels. Read much more about this and other
psychiatric issues in this one-on-one interview.
A Selection of the Top HIV/AIDS Stories From Across the Internet:
AIDS Dissident Appointment "Last Straw" in Battle of Activists and South African Health Minister
South Africa's health minister may appoint a nutritional adviser
who doesn't believe that HIV causes AIDS
From aidsmap.com (March 11, 2003)
Diabetes Risk Increased Threefold in HIV-Positive Women Treated With PI
An alarming finding regarding women who take protease inhibitors
From aidsmap.com (March 10, 2003)
UNICEF Calls for More Attention to HIV/AIDS Among Women on International Women's Day
Military conflicts and gender inequalities are accelerating the
global spread of HIV, the organization says
From kaisernetwork.org (March 7, 2003)
Politics of Abortion Delays $15 Billion to Fight Global AIDS
As usual, a potentially life-saving HIV/AIDS bill bogs down in
the U.S. Congress, as many Republicans insist aid should only be
offered to clinics that shun abortion
From The New York Times (free registration required) (March 6, 2003)
Severe Hepatotoxicity During Combination Antiretroviral Treatment: Incidence, Liver Histology, and Outcome
The jury's still out on whether HAART causes liver problems, but
this new study suggests that hepatitis, not HAART, is to blame
From Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (March 1, 2003)
Living Well With HIV/AIDS
This detailed manual on nutritional care for people with HIV is
meant for the developing world, but includes some very useful advice
for everyone on handling some of HIV's effects
From United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (2002)