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April 9, 2003

Ask The Body's Experts About Nutrition and Exercise for HIVers!

Wondering how to stay as healthy as possible while living with HIV? Want to know which vitamins or other complementary treatments can help? Ask our new expert, Nelson Vergel! He's been living with HIV for 19 years and has co-authored a book on complementary treatments for HIV. He's available to answer your questions in our newly revamped "Ask the Experts" forum on nutrition and exercise.

To find out more about complementary therapies for HIV, browse through The Body's extensive collection of materials.

Free CME/CE Credit for Healthcare Professionals at The Body Pro

The Body Pro, The Body's sister site for healthcare professionals, now offers free continuing education credit! If you're a physician, nurse or another type of healthcare professional looking to earn AMA PRA category 1 credit or Nursing Continuing Education contact hours, The Body Pro is the perfect place to do so. Visit The Body Pro's CME/CE Central to find out more! (Registration is quick and completely free.)

All of our CME/CE articles can be read at The Body. Read Dr. Cal Cohen's overview on when, and with what, to start HIV treatment; Dr. Pablo Tebas' examination of what we currently know about managing the metabolic complications of HIV and HAART; and Dr. David Wohl's thorough review of the latest in HIV treatment strategies and developing drugs.

Many HIVers, Advocates Upset Over High Fuzeon Price

With the price of T-20 (Fuzeon) more than double the next most-expensive AIDS drug, many AIDS organizations and individuals have a lot to say, as you can see in this persuasive joint statement.

You can also click on the link below to read these advocates' entire position paper on T-20 pricing.

Visual AIDS Presents New April Gallery

April's online gallery of work from talented HIV-positive artists is now live!

Drugs, Prison, HIV ... And a New Life

"I started using alcohol and drugs at 13. ... By age 16, I was injecting heroin and had to maintain a daily drug habit. A year later, with the birth of my first son, I struggled with motherhood and drug addiction." Marina Alvarez, a Latina AIDS educator and community organizer, looks back on 20-plus years of addiction, incarceration and HIV infection.

Medicaid Funding Hangs in the Balance

HIV care in the coming decade may be seriously reduced if a 10-year, $92 billion Medicaid cut passed by the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law. The U.S. Senate passed a bill with no Medicaid cuts at all, but now it's up to a special committee to decide between the two of them. You can have an impact on the decision!

Does Your Young HIVer Have a Summer Camp Lined Up?

HIV-positive children in the U.S. can choose from a range of summer and year-round camps set up specifically for kids with HIV. Special scholarships are often available for parents who sign their kids up early! Click here for a list of HIV children's camps.

Be Careful About Interrupting HAART

Anyone who is considering a treatment interruption should be sure to do it in a way that minimizes creating resistance, warns HIV physician Dr. Cal Cohen in this interview with John James.

Finding a Free, Nutritious Meal in New York

Looking for a meal program in New York City? This useful chart from Body Positive can tell you everything you need to know.

Some HIV-Positive Women Don't Practice Safe Sex

A small survey of the sexual practices of HIV-infected women in the U.S. found that 90 percent remained sexually active after their diagnosis, with 25 percent of respondents reporting no condom use and 37 percent reporting no safe-sex practices at all.

Important Legal Documents, "Just in Case"

Everyone -- including HIV-positive people -- should make sure to fill out the indispensible legal documents attorney Todd Pilcher lists in this article, from PositiveWords.

The Body's large collection of materials on legal issues and HIV/AIDS has much more information on the documents listed in the article above, as well as news and advice on a wide range of other law-related topics.

Web Highlights

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

HIV-Positive Man Dies of Kidney Failure and Lactic Acidosis Due to Tenofovir/ddI Interaction
From (April 8, 2003)

Three French Cases of Tenofovir Kidney Toxicity Reported Amongst HIV-Positive Patients
From (April 8, 2003)

U.S. Teen AIDS Rates Increase as Successful Treatments Foster Feelings of Invincibility
From (April 8, 2003)

AIDS, Hurry
What happened to the rush to pass President Bush's proposed $15 billion global AIDS funding plan?
From The Washington Post (April 5, 2003)

Philippines Sits on HIV Time Bomb
The country has reported only 1,503 HIV cases, but logic and UNAIDS suggest the number is far, far higher
From Asia Times Online (April 3, 2003)

Brazil to Build AIDS Drugs Plants in Africa
Brazil, one of the few developing countries aggressively treating HIV, seeks to spread hope to the African continent
From Reuters (March 28, 2003)

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