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March 26, 2001

New Forum on Treatment Simplification

Thinking about simplifying your HIV treatment schedule? Having problems keeping to a strict medication schedule? The Body is pleased to announce that we have a forum just for this important issue. Available to answer your questions will be Dr. Brian Boyle an attending physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Center and assistant professor of medicine in the department of International Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is a specialist in treating HIV infection and AIDS, and is involved in the treatment and research of central nervous system (CNS)-related disorders and the neurological complications of HIV and its treatment.

Restarting Treatment

"One year ago my T-cells were over 1,000 and my viral load was undetectable. I felt like hell most of the time, thanks to the handfuls of pills that gave me such great numbers. So I went on a drug holiday. I am resigned to starting back on meds in March. Yet, still, I feel sorry for myself. I really wish I didn't have to face a new drug regimen." Jim Pickett on restarting treatment, in Positively Aware.

Prison and AIDS

Undra C. Fulton is incarcerated and has AIDS. He writes frankly about his life because, "I don't want anyone to experience the heartache, pain, confusion, and hardship that I have been going through in dealing with AIDS, drugs, alcohol, and prison."

Current Causes of Death from AIDS

The wider availability of protease inhibitors in North America and Western Europe has led to a dramatic fall in AIDS-related deaths. Yet, highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is not a cure; and some people with HIV/AIDS, particularly those with low incomes, are more likely to die than others.

College Students and HIV

Chris Bell shares stories about college students living with HIV. This college campus AIDS advocate then lists 10 things you can do to fight HIV/AIDS at your college or university, from Positively Aware.

More on Structured Treatment Interruptions

More about structured treatment interruptions -- summary of an October workshop held in Boston. From FAIR/Foundation for AIDS & Immune Research, The Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, Project Inform and Treatment Action Group.

St. John's Wort and Viramune

Doctors in Amsterdam have found that St. John's Wort can also reduce levels of another anti-HIV drug -- the NNRTI nevirapine (Viramune).

Retrovirus Conference Coverage

To raise saquinavir levels, the drug's manufacturer, Hoffman-La Roche, suggested that people drink grapefruit juice when they take their drugs, a report from the Retrovirus conference, from the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE).

Many people living with AIDS use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to maintain or improve their energy, reduce side effects of prescribed medications, and maintain their state of well-being. In fact, of the several hundred people with HIV recently interviewed by a U.S. research team, 54% said they used CAM.

Protease combinations -- ritonavir and indinavir one year later, a report from the Retrovirus conference, from the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE).

Coverage is still arriving from the Chicago Retrovirus conference, this time from Seattle Treatment Education Project.

AIDS Activism

AIDS activism in 2001. Karin Timour puts into perspective why we all should be more active and help push for money to get AIDS drugs to the developing world, in Body Positive.

New AIDS Statistics

Demographic characteristics of persons living with AIDS at the end of 1999, by state and metropolitan area of residence, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gonorrhea Infections on the Rise

Following years of steady decline, gonorrhea infections among African Americans increased by more than five percent from 1997 to 1999, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

STDs and Gay Men

Many gay and bisexual men lack key information about syphilis, including how to identify signs and symptoms of the sexually transmitted disease (STD), according to a study presented at the National STD Prevention Conference.

Lipodystrophy and Women

Dr. Kotler noted that women are more likely to report fat accumulation in their abdomens and breasts, while men are more likely to report fat depletion from their faces and limbs. A report on lipodystrophy and women, from a Community Research Initiative on AIDS community forum held last fall.

The Sociology of AIDS

Anthony J. Lemelle, Jr. reviews a fascinating new book "Readings in the Sociology of AIDS," in Body Positive.

Guide to Lab Results

Still can't figure out your lab results? Take a look at this guide from Community Research Initiative on AIDS.

L.A. Housing Web site for People with AIDS

Unique Web site in Los Angeles helps people with AIDS find housing, read the details in Positive Living.

Drug Approval Process

Ever wonder how HIV drugs get approved? Check out this New Mexico AIDS InfoNet fact sheet.

Coming Back from the Dead

"I got tired of being that dark, unhappy fellow whose entire life revolved around HIV. Okay, so I can't escape HIV. What I can do, is remove the self-imposed death sentence and get on with living. . . . I had to consciously choose to live rather than waiting to die, and I had to accept my situation and make friends with myself." The ever-astute David Salyer writes about coming back from the dead, in AIDS Survival Project.

New FAQ on Why HIV Causes AIDS

"An author indicated in a recently published book that AIDS is caused by HHV-6 rather than HIV. Is this true? Why do some people make statements that HIV does not cause AIDS?" The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently put out an easy-to-read FAQ on why HIV is the cause of AIDS.

Lying About Sex

"There are six billion people in the world and only one historical claim of virgin birth. This means there HAS to be a minimum of 150 million UNSAFE sex acts a year, 410,958 UNSAFE sex acts per day." David Scondras discusses why people lie about sex, in a new article from Search for a Cure.

Post Exposure Prophylaxis

What really happens when someone wants to start taking post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) after a sexual or drug using exposure? From AIDS Survival Project.

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

Expenditures for the Care of HIV-Infected Patients in the Era of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy
A summary of the study, from the AIDS Education Training Center

Oakland Cannabis Club Defending Pot Therapy at Supreme Court
From San Francisco Chronicle (March 26, 2001)

HIV and AIDS News for the Last few Months as Reported in the United Kingdom
From Avert (March 23, 2001)

The Pocket Guide To HIV/AIDS Treatment
Meant for doctors who provide treatment (updated with corrections February 15, 2001)
(This is a PDF, so you'll need Adobe Acrobat to read this)

Condoms Do's and Don'ts
From the American Social Health Association

The Right Way to Use a Condom
From the American Social Health Association
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