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April 23, 2001

An HIV Wake-Up Call

"It has been said that adversity builds character. Since my AIDS diagnosis almost 11 years ago and surviving my most recent health crisis, I think character-building is well overrated." Howard Jacobs discusses his wake-up call from HIV, in Positive Living.

The Dangers of Smoking and HIV

If you are living with HIV and you smoke, there is a growing body of information to suggest you may be at greater risk than your HIV-negative counterparts for developing smoking-related diseases and conditions.

How Medicines Fight Back When HIV Attacks

How does HIV attack? How do medicines fight back? An interesting review of these questions from Stephen J. Fallon, in Positively Aware.

Excerpts from the Encyclopedia of AIDS

The Encyclopedia of AIDS has just been published in paperback, read some excerpts from this book exclusively at The Body.

Visual AIDS Newsletter

The Visual AIDS Archive Project Spring 2001 Newsletter is now online!

AIDS Awareness and Educational Theater

Laura Engle profiles the vibrant AIDS Theater Project, an awareness and educational theater group working with students in New York City.

HIV Prevention Program Targeting the Positive

Investigators at the Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) are testing the effectiveness of HIV prevention programs targeting HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. The new study is open to HIV-positive gay or bisexual men over the age of 18 who reside within the New York City metropolitan area. Click here for more information.

Immunizations for Kids with HIV

Take a look at this informative guide to immunizations for kids with HIV from The National Pediatric and Family HIV Resource Center.

Sex and Middle School Kids

Middle school kids are more sexually active today than you would think. Read the results of a recent study from the Journal of School Health.

Want to Have a Baby? Options for the HIV Positive

So you want to have a baby? What are the risks, recommendations and options for HIV-serodiscordant and HIV-positive couples. Marcya Owens provides some answers, in Survival News.

The Scandal of Nonoxynol-9

Researchers found that women who used nonoxynol-9 gel became infected with HIV at about a 50% higher rate than women who used a placebo gel. Worse, the more frequently women used only nonoxynol-9 gel without a condom to protect themselves, the higher their risk of becoming infected. David Salyer writes about the scandal of nonoxynol-9, in Survival News.

Women-Controlled Protection

Unprotected sex with an HIV-positive man is now the leading cause of HIV infection among women, and the result is that more women than men are now getting infected with HIV annually. One way to stop the escalating infections is to push forward microbiocide research. How's this research progressing? Read this report from AIDS Project Los Angeles by Susan Forrest.

The Joys of Safer Sex

"Hell, I was using the military's 'Don't ask, Don't tell' motto years before they even coined the phrase. See, if you didn't ask if I had AIDS, I wouldn't tell you I had AIDS." Anthony "AC" Clark ruminates on the joys of safer sex, in Survival News.

The Latest in HIV/AIDS Treatment News

Browse through AIDS Survival News' gathering of the latest in HIV/AIDS Treatment News.

Oral Hairy Leukoplakia

Dr. Dennis M. Walling takes a look at oral hairy leukoplakia, an Epstein-Barr virus-associated disease of patients with HIV, in Research Initiative/Treatment Action!

Discussion of Recent Treatment Dilemmas

HIV-treating physicians in Houston discuss some recent treatment dilemmas: including the question of initiating highly active antiretroviral therapy(HAART) in an uninfected woman attempting to get pregnant by intentionally having unsafe sex with her HIV-infected husband, in Research Initiative/Treatment Action!

United States Annual Conference on AIDS

The fifth annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) will take place September 13-16, 2001 in Miami Beach, Florida. For more information, click here.

Hot Topics

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Learn How to Take Care of Your Liver

The liver is a crucial organ for processing any medications. There are many ways to support the liver, and it does not always require a pill or supplement. A diet made up of mostly organic, whole, unprocessed foods, with an emphasis on vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and whole grains, provides foods rich in fiber and low in refined sugars, for instance, can help. Seattle Treatment Education Project looks at ways you can take care of your liver.

HIV/AIDS and the Music Industry

Read this insider's view of the intersection between HIV/AIDS and the music industry, in Body Positive.

Creativity May Be the Key to Better Health

Research has continued to verify that all the creative arts seem to have great curative power to help not only persons with HIV but those who are often in physical pain, emotionally troubled, or unfocused in life. Psychologist J. Buzz von Ornsteiner tells how creativity can be a key to better physical and mental health, in Body Positive.

Poetry by Dennis Rhodes

"I think more keenly of the dead when the moon is full -- don't know why. Tonight is thick with the ashes of five thousand spirited young men." An excerpt from Spiritus Pizza 2 AM, a poem by Dennis Rhodes

AIDS: A Living Archive

The Museum of The City of New York will present AIDS: A Living Archive, a multimedia interactive exhibit. It opens April 21, 2001 and will be on view until September 10, 2001.

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

At Summit of the Americas, Bush, World Bank's Wolfensohn Pledge to Fight HIV/AIDS (April 23, 2001)

U.N.: HIV/AIDS in Asia Could Outstrip Africa if No Action Taken
From the Associated Press (April 23, 2001)

National ADAP Monitoring Project: Annual Report (March 2001)

HCV in HIV: Challenges and Opportunities From PRN Notebook (March 2001)

Combination Therapy for HBV (Hepatitis B) Infections
From PRN Notebook (March 2001)

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