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March 27, 2002

HIV Prevention in Hispanic Neighborhoods

Although the Hispanic community has the second-highest risk for contracting HIV/AIDS in the U.S., it is just beginning to take a more active role in HIV prevention community planning. Here's a report from the Centers for Disease Control that aims to help people who want to reach the country's fastest-growing population.

Iran's Enlightened Approach to HIV Prevention

Despite its strong attachment to religious values, Iran has thrown its weight behind an extremely enlightened campaign to combat AIDS, a disease normally associated with such un-Islamic practices as intravenous drug use and extra-marital sex.

Bush Misses Honor Roll on AIDS

The polls may show that President Bush is getting good grades for his war on terrorism, but he is not making the grade in the war on HIV/AIDS, according to a national coalition of AIDS organizations from throughout the United States.

To see the coalition's report card on Bush, click here.

Ingredients for Long-Term Survival

A fascinating new study notes that long-term AIDS survivors are far more likely to be caring altruists than those whose disease progresses faster. Long-term survivors also have strong spiritual faith, greater trust in their doctors and a tighter support network, the study shows.

Options for Third-Line Therapy

Although many people with HIV have a pressing need for third-line therapy options, research in this area has been slow and inadequate. Project Inform reviews some of the available options.

Hypertension: A Silent Killer

The risk for pulmonary hypertension is several thousand times greater for HIV-positive people than the general population, yet few HIV-positive people are aware of the symptoms.

Fighting HIV While Keeping Lipids Steady

Good news for HIV patients starting therapy for the first time, but who are worried about cardiovascular problems and diabetes: The results of a recent study suggest that a combination of AZT, 3TC and abacavir works just as well as drug regimens containing protease inhibitors -- and it's much less likely to raise your lipid levels than PI-containing combinations.

Lipoatrophy Treatment: The Good News

Certain treatment changes may prevent lipoatrophy (abnormal fat loss) from getting worse in many patients -- and lead to a slow return of some of the lost fat. Read more on this from AIDS Treatment News.

Lipoatrophy Treatment: The Bad News

Last year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unexpectedly put the brakes on New-Fill, a miracle drug that appeared to safely reverse some of the devastating facial effects of HIV infection and anti-HIV meds. Was it because the ever-vigilant FDA discovered a hidden side effect that may have endangered the health of hundreds, perhaps thousands of people? Not even close.

Watch Out for High Lactate Levels

Patients with certain symptoms associated with high lactate should get medical attention immediately; you may need to suspend antiretroviral treatment. Read the details in AIDS Treatment News.

All Being Equal, Minorities Still Get Worse Care

Minorities in the U.S. -- whether insured or not -- receive lower-quality care than whites, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. The pattern is so widespread and severe, the report says, that it contributes to higher minority death rates and shorter life spans.

Worldwide "Safe List" of HIV Meds

The World Health Organization has released a ground breaking list of 41 HIV-related medicines -- both generic and brand-name -- that it considers safe. By publishing the list, the WHO hopes to speed up efforts to offer high-quality, low-priced HIV/AIDS treatment to patients in developing countries.

The New-Drug Pipeline: What's on Tap

Positively Aware offers up a convenient chart of the anti-HIV drugs currently in development.

Looking for HIV-Related Services in Your State?

Need to find an AIDS organization in Georgia? Have a friend who needs help in Chicago? Click here and look through The Body's comprehensive database of AIDS organizations.

Drugs and Sex Make a Risky Mix

A study of urban, minority tenth graders who said they recently had sex revealed that 26% of males and 18% of females reported being drunk or high during sex. Read much more about sex and at-risk teens in this report from SIECUS.

What's Happening in Washington

Read the latest news in U.S. HIV/AIDS policy, from AIDS Action Weekly Update.

Talk to Your Government About AIDS Policy

AIDSWATCH, a three-day national lobbying event in which activists, HIV-infected and HIV-affected people learn about policy issues and meet with government officials, will be held in Washington, D.C. from June 9-11.

Giving "Rubber Tree" a Whole New Meaning

To encourage safe sex within isolated Aboriginal communities, Australian health officials have come up with a novel idea: hanging condoms in trees. (Actually, this has already been tried before, in the Pines on Fire Island, here in the U.S.)

Have You Taken Our Resistance Survey Yet?

How much do you know about resistance testing? Take this survey, brought to you by the resistance test manufacturer ViroLogic.

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

Thai Village a Sex-Trade Hub as Families Sell off Daughters
This has resulted in the death of 50 girls from this village of AIDS-related causes
From Philadelphia Inquirer (March 25, 2002)

Flawed Policies No Way to Combat AIDS
An op-ed about AIDS policy in India and South Africa
From The Japan Times Online (March 25, 2002)

We Cannot Turn Away
Jesse Helms -- that's right, THE Jesse Helms -- advocates for treatment for every HIV-positive pregnant woman in the world
From The Washington Post (March 24, 2002)

Cause of AIDS Disputed -- Bizarre Duel Over AIDS
A battle to the death: An AIDS "dissident" at the University of California says he'll inject himself with HIV if a South African professor agrees to take anti-HIV drugs for the rest of his life
From San Francisco Chronicle (March 24, 2002)

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