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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 TreatmentWhen 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 UserThe 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 KidsThe 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 DepletedThere'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 SaferIt'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 UpdateDiscover the latest research on lipodystrophy and other fat-related disorders, from Project Inform.
Don't Let Anemia Keep You DownAnemia 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 InterruptionRead the latest on structured treatment interruption and immune reconstitution in this report by Dr. Daniel Berger, courtesy Positively Aware.
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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 TragediesAs 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?
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