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April 30, 2003

Enough With the SARS, Already!

Yes, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a frightening new illness, and yes, it's killed dozens of people over the past few months, top AIDS researchers say. But while 94 percent of SARS patients recover, HIV kills virtually everyone it infects unless they receive treatment -- and after more than 20 years of AIDS, there's still no cure and no vaccine. Read more about AIDS researchers' criticism of the world's "overreaction" to SARS.

Calcium May Limit Diarrhea Symptoms in PI Users

Although it's not a cure, researchers say that the use of calcium supplements (500 mg twice-daily, taken two hours before or after meds) may result in a "modest" decrease in diarrhea for people taking protease inhibitors, with no additional side effects.

Circumcision: A Bona-Fide Prevention Method?

Circumcised men are at least 50 percent less likely to contract HIV during unprotected sex than uncircumcised men, according to a soon-to-be-released report by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Coping With Lipodystrophy: An Overview and a Personal Story

"It's tough maintaining my health and my body with a virus that refuses to die. And I am constantly aware of the way people stare a little longer, curious to know what's wrong. It is frustrating to know there is little I can do for my wasted face." Matt Sharp explains the metabolic complications of HIV, and talks about what it's like to live with them.

Update on Fuzeon (T-20) Availability

A lot's been said (and published) about the high price and limited production of Fuzeon (T-20, enfuvirtide). Bob Huff brings it all together in this report, from GMHC's Treatment Issues.

Diabetes Risk Greater in Women on Older PIs

Women taking part in a large, nationwide study from 1994 to 1998 were three times as likely to develop diabetes while on protease inhibitors (PIs) than women not taking PIs. The researchers who analyzed the results said that considering the overall benefit of PI use, this finding in itself shouldn't be enough to keep women from taking them. However, they urge women taking PIs to be regularly screened for diabetes.

In Search of Ecuador's Only Out HIV-Positive Woman

Doña Carmen is the only HIV-positive woman in the entire country of Ecuador who has publicly admitted she has HIV. Read along as Corella Payne sets out on a journey to find her.

HIV Prevention: It's About Places, Not People, Study Says

HIV prevention is tough, especially when you've got a limited amount of money and staff to work with -- which describes the situation in virtually all of the developing world. That's why researchers are investigating ways to make prevention simpler and cheaper, but just as effective. One solution they've come up with is to set up HIV prevention programs in the places people are most likely to hang out just before they engage in high-risk activities.

New HIV Infections Reach Crisis Level in Southern U.S.

A new report issued by the U.S. Southern AIDS Coalition warns of a "state of emergency" in that region of the country, which represents about one-third of the U.S. population but 48 percent of its new AIDS cases.

Why Do Some HIVers Wait Too Long for Help?

In 2001, nearly one-quarter of the people in New York City diagnosed with HIV already had AIDS when they tested positive. Two years later, that proportion has jumped to 36 percent. Why are so many people with HIV waiting so long to get tested? And why are they waiting until they're at risk of fatal illness to seek medical care? Bob Huff examines these questions in GMHC's Treatment Issues.

Sometimes, Even the Experts Can't Understand HIV Research

"As I left the ballroom, I noticed a few dozen other individuals leaving, all with the same glazed look in their eyes that I'm sure I had." Sometimes physicians have just as hard a time assimilating all the information at HIV conferences as non-professionals do, treatment educator Dan Dunable says.

Don't forget: If you're still interested in finding out what happened at the last major HIV conference in February, you can read through The Body's easy-to-swallow recap -- or listen to an audio webcast of Search for a Cure's conference summary!

Living With HIV: Mind as Well as Matter

How can you use the mind-body connection to enhance your health if you're HIV positive? Click here to find out more, in this article from PositiveWords.

Religious Leader Speaks Out on HIV

"As an activist and minister, I continue the fight against AIDS and dispel the ignorance about how the disease is contracted." Khenneth Dantzler, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., tells his story.

Web Highlights

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

President Bush Calls for Congress To Approve Global HIV/AIDS Bill With "Speed and Seriousness"
An outstanding recap of Bush's recent speech, politicians' thoughts and the reactions of various AIDS organizations
From (Apr 30, 2003)

Efavirenz More Durable Than Nevirapine, But CNS Toxicity Underestimated
British researchers find that efavirenz works better over the long term, but that its psychiatric side effects persist a lot longer than previously thought
From (April 29, 2003)

Sex, Lies and Abstinence
A review of the different tactics the Bush administration has used to undermine effective HIV prevention efforts in the U.S.
Op-ed column from Conscience, a Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion (April 29, 2003)

SARS and AIDS: What the People Don't Know
The similarities and differences in how the Chinese government has mishandled both diseases
From Asia Times Online (April 24, 2003)

Prophylaxis Following Nonoccupational Exposure to HIV
This detailed review of post-exposure prevention strategies is part of a comprehensive, online textbook on HIV disease provided by the University of California-San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital
Knowledge Base Chapter from HIV InSite (April 2003)

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