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April 24, 2002

Today's Lipodystrophy Fighters

Treatment experts are still struggling to figure out the best way to combat lipodystrophy, but some drugs already on the market can help. AIDS Community Research Initiative presents a column by Tim Horn on the most effective lipid-lowering treatments available today.

Last Reminder: CDC Discusses HIV & Pregnancy

A CDC broadcast tomorrow, April 25, will discuss its recently released "Revised Recommendations for HIV Screening of Pregnant Women." Viewers may fax in questions before and during the broadcast.

New Inhibitor Surges Forward

T-20 -- the most advanced of a class of drugs known as entry inhibitors -- has proven effective in its first large phase III (final-stage) clinical trial, opening a new front in the battle against AIDS.

Pick a Diet, Any Diet

Which diet is ideal for you? High-protein? Low-carb? Yeast-free? Macrobiotic? Educate yourself! Anya Romanowski, registered dietician, highlights the good and the bad in some of the more popular diets for people living with HIV.

How to Breathe Your Stress Away

Take a deep breath: Research shows that stress helps HIV replicate more rapidly, and can suppress the effectiveness of anti-HIV drugs. How can you keep those stress levels down? Positive Living's Steven Solberg suggests a meditative technique called Mind-Body Medicine.

Prevention Efforts May Be Failing

San Francisco health officials and many in the AIDS community fear that HIV-prevention strategies are not working, and that the growing number of infections means more men are having unsafe sex. But what can prevention groups do about it?

How Simple Can Drug Treatments Get?

Drug regimens are getting simpler! From smaller ddI (Videx) pills to once-a-day prescriptions for efavirenz (Sustiva) and d4T (Zerit), drug companies are making it easier for people to take their meds and adhere to their regimens. What's next on the horizon? Positive Living fills us in.

Got questions about new drug formulations or what your options for simplifying treatment might be? Visit our Switching/Simplifying Treatment forum and ask our experts!

Don't Be Afraid to Talk About HIV

"My lover passed away in 1992. As much as I hate to say, he did not attend groups and I can't stress how important they are. ... Before you even decide to tell someone, get a little bit of information because if you don't feel confident that you're going to survive, it is very difficult to make someone else believe that." A 37-year-old Mexican native tells his story in "Breaking the Silence," a rare and powerful glimpse into the lives of Hispanic men and women living with HIV.

HIV+ Heterosexuals' Annual Gathering

This year's POS Hetero Summit, a four-day gathering for HIV-positive heterosexuals seeking information and a way to connect with others, takes place in Los Angeles from May 16-19. AIDS Project Los Angeles provides more information.

Your Unused Meds Can Save Lives

Though they're far from perfect, antiretroviral medications have saved countless lives here in the U.S. In the developing world, though, most HIV-positive people aren't nearly so lucky. How can you help? Consider donating your unused meds! Positive Living profiles one California organization that sends your donations overseas, where they'll help poor people with HIV survive.

Check out this listing of organizations throughout the U.S. that collect unused anti-HIV medications, courtesy of San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Remune, Where Are You?

Remune is a good candidate to test on a large scale as a preventive vaccine, as well as a therapy for HIV. Unfortunately, without money it won’t happen. David Scondras from Search for a Cure tells us why.

Peripheral Neuropathy: A Real Pain in the...

Experts figure that, at some point, around one third of all people with HIV/AIDS will have experienced peripheral neuropathy -- nerve damage best known for causing numbness, tingling or pain in the feet and hands. For a great rundown on PN, its possible causes and available treatments, read this report from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Can Measles Be GOOD for You?

Measles appeared to cause almost a 100-fold drop in HIV viral load, in this study of children who were hospitalized with measles and also had HIV. Could this finding suggest ideas for new drug or other treatments for HIV?

HIV and the Brain

A quick look at HIV-associated dementia and the effects of HIV on the brain, from HIV Treatment ALERTS!

Nevirapine: Not All Silver Lining

Nevirapine is cheap, incredibly successful in preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission, and can do much of its work with only a single dose given during labor. It's the perfect prevention drug for the developing world, right? Some doctors say it's not as perfect as we'd like to think, as GMHC Treatment Issues' Bob Huff reports.

The Best HIV/AIDS Writers Around

Interested in opinionated, edgy, irreverent or just informative reading? Read columnists at The Body!

Show the World You Care

Political commitment is the key issue in international AIDS -- especially a commitment to funding prevention efforts for AIDS and other infectious epidemics. You can help by letting your political representatives know that stopping AIDS and other global epidemics is important to you.

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

Dealing With 'The Guy Who Says He Has AIDS,' But Doesn't
Is he a hypochondriac? Starved for attention? A scam artist? Nobody knows for sure.
From The New York Times (free registration required to read article) (April 23, 2002)

Romania's AIDS-Stricken Children Live in Shadow of Death
Poverty and high drug prices make a bad situation much worse for thousands of infected kids.
From Inter Press Service (April 18, 2002)

HIV i-Base Treatment Bulletin
Read the latest treatment news from this London AIDS organization.
From HIV i-Base (April 2002)

HIV and Hepatitis C
A review of developments at February's Retrovirus conference.
From The Hopkins HIV Report (March 2002)

American Society for Reproductive Medicine Revises Ethics Guidelines for Fertility Treatment for HIV-Infected Women (PDF)
A major shift in position from the 1994 document, which discouraged HIV-infected persons from parenthood.
From American Society for Reproductive Medicine (February 2002)

Scaling Up the Response to Infectious Diseases
The World Health Organization's report on the global response needed to respond to major infectious diseases.
From World Health Organization (2002)

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