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April 10, 2002

Bono, Dalai Lama Discuss AIDS

"Who among us, I wonder, especially in the rich world, will not stand in judgment for the needless death of Lucky and her millions of brothers and sisters around the world?" The remarkable Robert Bilheimer shares his experiences while putting together his global AIDS documentary, "A Closer Walk." In his latest journal entry, Bilheimer talks about his one-on-one interviews with Bono, Kofi Annan and the Dalai Lama.

The Crystal Ball of HIV Treatment

When true second-generation anti-HIV drugs finally arrive, what will they be like? GMHC Treatment Issues' Bob Huff outlines his vision of the ideal drug: It'll be easy to take, will stop both current and future strains of HIV, and won't cause ugly side effects. Do any drugs in the pipeline meet Bob's criteria? Click here to find out.

Diary of a T-20 User

The hilarious, irreverent Fred Gormley talks about his experience as one of the first people in his doctor's office to get T-20, a drug currently in Phase III clinical trials for people who have failed all other regimens.

Summer Camps for HIV-Affected Kids

The U.S. and Canada are home to several excellent summer camps for HIV-infected/affected kids, and you won't go broke trying to pay for them -- many programs are completely free, and some even cover the cost of airfare. Interested in enrolling your child, or volunteering as a counselor? Check out our camp listing.

Key CMV Treatment Nearly Depleted

There's a critical shortage of Cytovene-IV, indicated for the treatment or prevention of cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease. Its producer is urging healthcare professionals to use alternative drugs whenever possible.

Making the U.S. Blood Supply Even Safer

It's called "pathogen inactivation," and it might just wipe out virtually all trace of viruses and bacteria from donated blood. Read up on this new screening method in our HIV/AIDS news updates.

What's a Therapeutic Vaccine?

Therapeutic HIV vaccines -- which may someday be able to boost the immune systems of HIV-positive people to the point where they don't need meds -- are still a long way from reality, but there are some interesting prospects in development. Project Inform takes a look at the history and the future of this intriguing form of anti-HIV therapy.

Sustiva: One Heck of a Head Trip

"I look up and see my partner! What is my partner Mickey doing playing the piano on a stranger's front porch? And why does he sound like Patti Lupone? This is ghastly!" Carlos Perez describes his not-quite-normal dream experiences with Sustiva, in Positively Aware.

Lipodystrophy Update

Discover the latest research on lipodystrophy and other fat-related disorders, from Project Inform.

Don't Let Anemia Keep You Down

Anemia has always been a problem for people with HIV and AIDS. Read the latest fact sheet on anemia from New Mexico AIDS InfoNet.

Research on Structured Treatment Interruption

Read the latest on structured treatment interruption and immune reconstitution in this report by Dr. Daniel Berger, courtesy Positively Aware.

Your Source for HIV/AIDS Policy Info

Want to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in Washington or the developing world? Thinking about becoming an activist? Check out our newly organized Policy & Activism section!

Read the latest in policy news from AIDS Action's weekly update.

Activism Ain't What It Used to Be

"U.S. treatment activism now relies on a small band of alumni from ACT UP chapters in New York or San Francisco, a scattered group of younger leaders like those of ACT UP/Philadelphia." Gregg Gonsalves, a founding member of the Treatment Action Group, looks at U.S. treatment activism today.

Two Very Different Kinds of Tragedies

As the shock of 9/11 passes for most Americans, more and more folks are realizing just how tremendously generous the government's reaction was to those who were affected by the tragedies. The support was so great, as a matter of fact, that many AIDS activists are dumbfounded: Not to be at all insensitive about the 3,000 people who died on Sept. 11, they say, but what about the 8,000 people who die every day from AIDS?

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

Nutrition Fact Sheets
Info on everything from what to eat with ritonavir to how to cope with lactose intolerance
From AIDS Nutrition Services Alliance

Unprotected Sex More Likely Among Rural HIV-Positive
Contrary to assumptions, a study shows that in rural areas a large percentage of HIV-positive people don't stop having unprotected sex after diagnosis -- a greater percentage, in fact, than in urban areas
From Daily University Science News (April 8, 2002)

Danger at the Border
From north and south, people flock to Tijuana -- and HIV often flocks with them
From San Francisco Chronicle (April 7, 2002)

Relationship Between Kaposi Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus and HIV
Doctors debate the prevalence trends of KS over the past 20+ years
From Journal of the American Medical Association (March 27, 2002)

When to Start HAART: Still a Controversy
Most research says not to start treatment until CD4 cells drop below 350, but some recent studies disagree
From The Hopkins HIV Report (March 2002)

New Drugs in Clinical Development and Treatment of Naive Patients
Recent research on so-called "second generation" NNRTIs, once-a-day drugs and other treatment options
From The Hopkins HIV Report (March 2002)

"Sobering" Levels of Drug-Resistant HIV Found
An in-depth look at the disturbing resistance research revealed late last year
From Journal of the American Medical Association (February 13, 2002)

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