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March 31, 2001

New Nutrition Expert at The Body

Got questions on diet, nutrition and HIV? The Body is pleased to announce the addition of an HIV-specialist dietitian to our Forum on Wasting, Diet and Nutrition. Cade Fields-Gardner, MS, RD, LD, CD is an HIV-specialist dietitian and the Director of Services for The Cutting Edge, an HIV nutrition consulting firm in Chicago.

AIDSWatch 2001

Will we see the Bush Administration and Congress keep up with the need for increased funding for research and prevention, or will AIDS become a "back burner" issue? Register for AIDSWatch 2001. Find out what you can do to influence your member of Congress!

Preventing STDs in Teenagers

Most high school students undergoing routine physical examinations do not talk to their health care practitioner about preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or pregnancy, according to a CDC study.

HIV Stigma and Prevention

AIDS Action looks at stigma and HIV prevention.

FAQs about AIDS

Frequently asked questions about HIV/AIDS, new from amfAR.

Women and AIDS

"Women's vulnerability has social roots, not just biological ones. They often cannot insist on fidelity, demand condom use, or refuse sex to their partner, even when they suspect or know he is already infected himself. And they often lack the economic power to remove themselves from relationships that carry major risks of HIV infection." The astonishing facts about why women are so vulnerable to this epidemic, by Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS.

Clinical Trials and Women with HIV

"The lion's share of what is known about the pathogenesis (development) of HIV disease has been obtained through studies involving men -- often, studies involving only men." San Francisco AIDS Foundation Leslie Hanna looks at women and HIV and the amazing lack of data from clinical trials on how HIV and medications affect women.

State of the Epidemic

"The number of new HIV infections in the U.S. continues to rise, disproportionately affecting adolescents, older people and communities of color. Although the face of AIDS in the United States has changed over the years, many people still do not perceive themselves at risk for contracting HIV." Print and distribute the PDF or take a look at the latest profile of the national AIDS epidemic, from AIDS Action.

Helping the Working Disabled

Two new laws provide the working disabled, with either Medi-Cal, Medicare or both, with a kind of health insurance comfort zone they never had before. The details, from AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Injection Use Among Youth

"It's common knowledge among adolescent health workers and those operating syringe exchanges in large American cities that use of injection drugs among youth is high and rising." Laura Jones takes a look at this important issue in Positively Aware.

Drug Price Reduction for Poor Countries

Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb announce major price reductions for the poorest countries: but questions still remain. Read John James's report, in AIDS Treatment News.

Support Essential Meds in South Africa

Médècins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) asks you to support South Africa's efforts to make essential medicines more accessible to its people by signing the global "Drop the Case" petition at by April 15. For more information, click here.

Global HIV Drug Access

In a report originally released in June 2000, Médècins Sans Frontiéres (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, published the results of a study of the different prices and patent situations of life-saving drugs for HIV/AIDS. Prices were based on U.S. wholesale prices and institutional prices in ten countries where data were available. Here is a summary and update of their findings, from San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Faster Approval of New Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicates a readiness to examine the possibility of allowing faster approval of drugs that are potentially helpful to patients with fewer options. Dr. Daniel S. Berger discusses this in Positively Aware.

Giving Meds to Kids

Giving medicines to kids: how to mix medicines with food and drinks; medicating babies or toddlers; storing meds and other great tips; from the National Pediatric and Family HIV Resource Center.

News Briefs

HIV/AIDS news briefs, from Positively Aware.

Pediatric AIDS FAQs

Pediatric AIDS: frequently asked questions and their answers, from the National Pediatric and Family HIV Resource Center.

HIV and Gay Men

HIV continues to disproportionately affect gay and bisexual men in the U.S., particularly men of color. Tim Teeter thoroughly and insightfully examines the data, in San Francisco AIDS Foundation's Bulletin of Experimental Treatments for AIDS.

Counterfeit Serostim

Recently Serono became aware of a counterfeit form of Serostim, a product that has been approved for the treatment of wasting. Read the details from AIDS Survival Project.

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

Herpes and HIV
From Being Alive (April 1, 2001)

Report on Epidemiology and Transmission Issues (and the New Guidelines) at the 8th National Conference on Retroviruses
From Being Alive (April 1, 2001)

1 in 4 Pregnant Women in South Africa has HIV
From the British Medical Journal (March 31, 2001)

International Effort to Find AIDS Vaccine for India
From the British Medical Journal (March 31, 2001)

Harm Reduction: Safer Injection Techniques for Intravenous Drug Users (2001)

Hepatic Gamma-Cystathionase Deficiency in Patients with AIDS
From the Journal of American Medical Association (Research Letter) (March 21, 2001)

20 Years after AIDS Emerges, HIV's Complexities Still Loom Large
From the Journal of American Medical Association's Medical News & Perspectives (March 14, 2001)

New HIV Therapy Guidelines
From the Journal of American Medical Association's Medical News & Perspectives (March 14, 2001)

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