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May 1, 2002

Last Chance to Impact Emergency AIDS Spending

The Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will make final decisions regarding emergency spending TODAY, May 1. Click here to find out what you can do!

Got Questions on HIV and Pregnancy/Newborns?

The Body is proud to announce the addition of a tag team of doctors to our Ask the Experts forum on "Women and HIV." Our rotating panel of three doctors -- John Sullivan, Brooks Jackson and Katherine Luzuriaga, medical experts on HIV issues related to pregnancy and newborns -- will each spend a month addressing your concerns in our "Women and HIV" forum. First up: Dr. John Sullivan. Stop in and ask away!

Teens Easier to Reach by Phone

A recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that high-risk teens who ask to receive their HIV test results by phone (rather than in person) are much less likely to fall through the cracks of the U.S. healthcare system.

Drug Assistance Programs in Danger

AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) are in extremely bad shape. GMHC Treatment Issues reports that, if something isn't done soon, most ADAPs might go completely bankrupt before the year is through.

Abstinence-Only Report Inconclusive

There is still no evidence that abstinence-only programs prevent teen sex, pregnancy or disease, a U.S. government-sponsored report reveals.

A Tribute to What You Can't See

"The Presence of Absence," Visual AIDS' April/May Web gallery curated by Catherine Ruello, looks at the incredible power of art.

Girl Power Is on the Rise

Two social scientists have found that girls are feeling more comfortable about setting sexual boundaries, which is leading to lower pregnancy and abortion rates.

Making Breast-Feeding Safer in the U.S.

Read this highly informative (though awfully long) report on the global effort to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV through breast-feeding -- including tips on how to make breast feeding as safe as possible -- provided by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Could Vaccines Cause More Harm Than Good?

Citing recent studies, some experts say that efforts to create a therapeutic vaccine -- one that doesn't prevent HIV infection, but can strengthen HIV-positive immune systems -- might instead end up creating new superviruses that are even tougher to fight.

Anatomy of an HIV Vaccine

What's inside the HIV vaccine that GlaxoSmithKline recently began testing in humans? Treatment Action Group takes a closer look at what makes the drug tick.

Young Gay Males Decimated by HIV

Angel Fabian of AIDS Project Los Angeles talks about the sobering impact of HIV on the young, gay male community.

Why Do People Commit Suicide?

"Recently a close gay male friend committed suicide. ... Everyone I have spoken to about his death thinks it was because he was HIV positive, but I don't. I think it was something else." Body Positive's resident psychologist answers a reader's questions about what drives people to take their own lives.

The Emotional Impact of HIV

Psychotherapist Michael Shernoff looks back over the history of mental health and HIV, in an overview of four books he's edited on the subject since 1992.

Open Clinical Trials

San Francisco AIDS Foundation runs down its list of open clinical trials for HIV/AIDS treatments. Click below for more info on various trials now underway throughout the country.

Latina Survivor Tells Her Story

"Today I am a miracle before you! I share my life, my experiences, my feelings, my fears, my hope and my faith!" Melina Arevalo, a transgender woman infected since 1980, tells her story in "Breaking the Silence," a moving collection of essays by Hispanic men and women living with HIV.

What Would Jesus Do?

"...Church members need to ask themselves, 'What would Jesus be doing about the HIV/AIDS problem?' The answer and example is clear: Jesus would treat HIV-infected people with the same love and compassion he gave to those who were lepers 2,000 years ago." An editorial from the pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church in Detroit.

Quick Profile of Tenofovir

Bookmark this handy little fact sheet on tenofovir (a.k.a. Viread), compiled by The Center for AIDS.

Tribute to Activist/Artist Frank Moore

Frank Moore, one of Visual AIDS' first members and a key figure in the creation of the Red Ribbon in 1991, passed away Sunday, April 21. Click here to see Visual AIDS' tribute to the inspiring activist and artist.

Get Funding for Your HIV/AIDS TV Program

Want to do a public service announcement in your area? Cable Positive, the cable and telecommunications industry's national non-profit AIDS action organization, provides grants of $500 to $20,000 for the production of HIV/AIDS-related cable programming. The next deadline for grant submissions are Friday, June 7. For information, contact Jesse Giuliani at (212) 459-1547 or

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

Parenthood Help for Men With HIV
Mixed-status couples find a way to have children in the U.S.
From The New York Times (free registration required) (April 30, 2002)

AIDS Agencies "Failing Grandparents"
A report suggests that, of the more than 12 million children orphaned by AIDS, two thirds are being cared for by grandparents
From BBC News (April 28, 2002)

Bill Seeks to Curb Spread of HIV in New York Prisons
A comprehensive STD/HIV-prevention bill is making its way through the New York legislature
From The Washington Blade (April 26, 2002)

Systematic Review of HIV Behavioral Prevention Research in Latinos
A report commissioned by the Surgeon General's Leadership Campaign on AIDS
From HIV InSite (April 2002)

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