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April 23, 2003

U.S. Government Announces New HIV Testing Strategy

An estimated one-third of all people with HIV in the U.S. don't even know they're infected, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has decided to do something about it. It's announced a new initiative to make HIV testing a part of people's everyday health care -- which has some people thrilled, others not so much. You can read a summary of the initiative here.

The full announcement of the CDC's initiative is available here.

Many AIDS organizations are happy the CDC is taking aggressive steps to make HIV testing more widespread (and thus to help reduce the number of people who unknowingly infect others). However, they're also worried about how the initiative will actually be put into practice. To see what some of these organizations are saying, read this recap from

The Body's "Ask the Expert" Forums: Your Virtual HIV Counselors

Got a question to ask a HIV specialist? The Body is the only resource in the world that offers top HIV physicians -- 18 of them, to be exact -- to answer your questions at no charge! We have experts on mental health, workplace and insurance issues, nutrition, exercise and even an HIV prevention expert. We've had this amazing resource for years, so we also have a rich archive of previously asked questions!

"Female Condom" Not a Big Hit With Gay Men

Only 20 percent of gay couples in a recent study preferred the Reality "female condom" for anal sex over the traditional male latex condom. Many said the Reality condom was less comfortable, and researchers noted it may not be as safe as a male condom in its current design.

Your Study Mentions "Anal Sex"? The U.S. Government Disapproves

Researchers who include terms like "sex workers," "men who sleep with men," "anal sex" and "needle exchange" in applications for government money might run into problems, thanks to an unofficial Bush administration crackdown on such "controversial" phrases.

Diarrhea and HIV: Is It Something in the Water?

Cryptosporidiosis, which causes severe diarrhea, is especially a risk for people with AIDS. A somewhat alarming study in San Francisco found that people with AIDS and cryptosporidiosis were very likely to have gotten the disease from drinking contaminated tap water in the area. The data from this study can be read here.

HIV Transmission in Africa: It's the Sex, Stupid

Although recent theories have speculated that the AIDS epidemic in some African countries arose from unsafe medical practices, a group of scientists announced last week that the way AIDS has spread through those countries matches more closely with that of a disease passed via unprotected sex.

Got Leftover HIV Meds? Recycle Them!

Aid for AIDS is a Manhattan-based nonprofit that sorts, ships and distributes "recycled" medicine to HIV-positive people in developing countries. It's always looking for new donations of unused medications. Read this article for more information on the group.

Looking for organizations you can donate your unused HIV meds to? Check out our list of resources.

Activists Discuss Getting HIV Meds to Africa

If you haven't heard of Zachie Achmat yet, you soon will: He's a South African activist who's refused to take his HIV meds until they're made available for free to everyone in his country who needs them. He spoke recently at the International Treatment Preparedness Summit in Cape Town, South Africa.

Wasting Expert Concerned About First-Line Drug

Nelson Vergel, who speaks internationally on lipodystrophy and wasting issues, is not a fan of Zerit (d4T, stavudine). He says the face-shrinking effect Zerit has on men should make doctors question whether to prescribe it as first-line treatment.

Want to talk to Nelson about how you can keep yourself healthy while living with HIV? Visit him at our Nutrition and Exercise "Ask the Experts" forum!

Research on What Makes HIV Tick

HIV researchers call it "HIV pathogenesis"; the rest of the world calls it "how HIV works." Pathogenesis research helps experts figure out how to design new HIV treatments and vaccines. Interested in learning more? Click here to a read a recap of the Second Basic Science Workshop on HIV, available as a PDF.

Remembering the "Stone Age" of HIV Research

What was it like to attend an International AIDS Conference in the early 1990's, when combination drug therapy was still just a glint in researchers' eyes? David Barr takes a fascinating look back.

Review the Latest Fuzeon Studies

In this brief but informative research review, GMHC Treatment Issues recaps what we know to date about how Fuzeon (T-20, enfuvirtide) works in treatment-experienced HIVers.

AIDS Group Proposes New Hep C Rules

Citing a complete lack of coordinated, government-funded efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat hepatitis C (HCV) infection in the U.S., Treatment Action Group has released these detailed research and policy recommendations for the handling of HCV/HIV coinfection. "The time to step up action to address gaps in research and policy is now," the group says.

Web Highlights

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

The Contribution of Steady and Casual Partnerships to the Incidence of HIV Infection Among Homosexual Men in Amsterdam
Another study that demonstrates young gay men are getting HIV from their steady partners
From AIDS (May 3, 2003)

Maasai Rising to the Challenge of HIV/AIDS
Tanzania's fabled Maasai warriors and their families are fighting an entirely new kind of battle
From Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) (April 22, 2003)

Increased Lipodystrophy Is Associated With Increased Exposure to Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy in HIV-Infected Children
From Journal of AIDS (April 15, 2003)

Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in the United States
Another chapter from the comprehensive, online textbook on HIV disease, provided by the University of California-San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital
From HIV InSite (March 2003)

Taking HAART to Heart: Antiretroviral Toxicities
A review of presentations from the 10th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
From The Hopkins HIV Report (March 2003)

Treatment Interruption
A review of presentations from the 10th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
From The Hopkins HIV Report (March 2003)

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