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April 3, 2002

Anti-HIV Therapy Update

Project Inform provides an overview of the latest treatment developments, including news on atazanavir (a protease inhibitor now in clinical trials), indinavir (Crixivan) dosing and the possible benefits of structured treatment interruption in those who are running out of drug options.

If You've Just Been Diagnosed

Just diagnosed, or know someone who was? Browse through our comprehensive section on where to go from here.

What Can STI Do for You?

HEPP News examines the future potential of structured treatment interruption in boosting the body's immune system.

The Dangers of Kava Kava

Kava Kava may not be your friend, the Food and Drug Administration says. Though the herb is found in many supplements that people take to help them relax, the FDA warns that signs are growing stronger that it may cause severe liver damage.

HIV-Positive, Widowed, and Living a New Life

When Barbara Cusack's husband died from AIDS in 1997, she didn't know where to turn. She and her husband had been diagnosed with HIV only months earlier, and she was suddenly left alone to cope with the death of a loved one and a disease she knew very little about. But five years later she's thriving, and has written a book telling the world how she made it through those dark times. Read her story in The Body's special feature section on women and HIV.

HIV Prevention After Infection

Finally, a guide to safe sex for the HIV positive. Project Inform provides a terrific rundown.

The Next Generation of Prevention Ads

An advertisement shows a healthy looking man rock climbing. The caption reads: "I hope there is a Port-O-Potty up there." Side effects of HIV medications are also listed, including diarrhea. Beside the climber is a tagline: "HIV is on the rise. Don't be part of the second wave."

Luis: A Hispanic Man With HIV

"My family made sure to share with me that they believe that people living with HIV should not be ashamed of their disease. People living with the disease need support and understanding. This has made it easier on me. Someday, I will tell them, some day very soon." AIDS Project Los Angeles presents "Breaking the Silence," a moving series of first-person essays by Hispanic men and women with HIV.

Fighting HIV in Muslim Schools

Pay a visit at Ansar-Ud-Deen High School, a Muslim school in Nigeria, where a unique UNICEF program teaches students and teachers about the dangers of HIV.

How Patents Allow HIV to Thrive

Gregg Gonsalves of GMHC Treatment Issues discusses the impact of patents on the treatment of HIV.

Keeping AIDS Research Honest

GMHC Treatment Issues reviews how government and industry make sure that U.S. clinical trials are as accurate as possible.

Far More Than an AIDS Museum

They call it a "living museum," a vast collection of exhibitions, events, memorials, Web sites and various programs that will draw attention to the global history -- and the global spread -- of AIDS. Its name is The Center for AIDS and Humanity, and it will soon be born in Atlanta. AIDS Survival Project tells us more.

Nevirapine Is Still Outstanding

A group of experts continue to strongly support the use of nevirapine for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, despite a recent clinical trial that raised some questions about its safety.

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

Researchers Explore New Anti-HIV Agents
An excellent look at how these new agents work
From Journal of the American Medical Association (April 3, 2002)

Let's Face It; Would You Hire a Housemaid Who Has HIV?
An opinion piece shows how challenging having HIV is for anyone in Uganda
From The Monitor (April 2, 2002)

A Dubious Distinction: Miami Leads Nation With AIDS Cases
At 60 AIDS cases per 100,000 people, the city's rate is tops in the country
From Miami Herald (March 31, 2002)

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Evidence for Increasing Numbers of Drugs in Antiretroviral Combination Therapy
Researchers find that three-drug regimens are often effective
From British Medical Journal (March 30, 2002)

Initial Antiretroviral Regimens
In its editorial on the above study, the British Medical Journal says that, in general, three drugs are better than two, and two are better than one
From British Medical Journal (March 30, 2002)

No Excuse for Blood Donor Bias
Dr. Arthur Caplan, Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, says it's wrong to ban men who have sex with men from giving blood
From (March 28, 2002)

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