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May 8, 2002

Training HIV-Infected Cells to Fight Back

HIV may be stopped in its tracks by using a special kind of gene therapy, which researchers say activates an infected cell's own ability to fight the HIV within it.

HIV Kills Its Own Hunters

A new study confirms what HIV researchers until now only suspected: HIV is able to evade our body's immune system by going out of its way to infect the very cells designed to fight it.

How I Got the Strength to Live With HIV

Shane Doyle recounts the time he tested positive in August 1999. He decided to move across the country after too many hospitalizations -- and, after doing so, he discovered a group that forever changed his life.

Is Health Care for the HIV Positive Doomed?

Drug prices are going up, the number of people who can pay them is going down, and the government is becoming less and less able to lend a hand. Is there any way we can keep health care for HIV-positive people in the U.S. from completely falling apart? Project Inform's Martin Delaney says it's time to draw a line in the sand.

When a Cheating Husband Ruins a Girl's Life

"Just once. Every weekend. To see what it was like. Because they were drunk. Because they were out of town. Because they can't help themselves. Because their woman won't do 'that.' Because their woman isn't a man." Prevention educator Laura Jones fumes about cheating men and the tragedy they help cause: skyrocketing HIV rates among women.

Minorities Left Out of Drug Trials

Black and Hispanic patients infected with HIV are less likely than whites to participate in clinical studies of new treatments or to receive experimental drugs, according to the first study that has used nationally representative data to examine such disparities.

HIV Mostly Infects Minorities in NYC

More than 12,100 New York City residents with HIV/AIDS were identified over a seven-month period in 2000, with more than half of new cases occurring among blacks, Latinos and Asians.

Teaching Herself, and Others, About HIV

"I would go to [my sister-in-law's] house and she would serve me food from paper plates and quickly throw them away. ... I educated my sister-in-law. So now when I go visit, she no longer serves me food from paper plates; she serves me with her dishes." Preciosa talks about death, disclosure and acceptance in "Breaking the Silence," a powerful series of first-person essays by Hispanic men and women with HIV.

A Pill a Day Keeps the HIV at Bay

Seattle Treatment Education Project looks at once-daily antiretroviral options in their latest E-Zine.

Anti-HIV Meds in Development

An easy-to-read summary of AIDS drugs in the pipeline, from Search for a Cure.

U.S. AIDS Policy Update

Renewed funding for abstinence-only programs, a new nominee to head the National Institutes of Health, the latest on AIDSWatch 2002 and much more, in the May 2nd edition of AIDS Action's Weekly Update.

Link Between AIDS and Low Testosterone

Less-than-normal levels of the hormone testosterone have been found in some men with AIDS. This deficit in testosterone can lead to depression, fatigue, low libido and difficulty maintaining muscle mass.

How HIV Saved Joyce McDonald's Life

Joyce McDonald, a black, 51-year-old survivor of AIDS and hepatitis C, turned a 25-year struggle with drugs, abuse and prostitution into an inspiring story of redemption and activism. Joyce's recovery testifies to the power of art and religion in healing. We're proud to highlight her, and many other amazing women, in our feature section on HIV-positive women.

Sex, Drugs and HIV

"What can we say to the person who misuses drugs? Do we go back 15 years and say 'Just say no' or 'Use a condom'? I think not." Associate Director of Prevention at TPAN Michael Barnett talks about ecstasy, crystal meth and the new challenges of HIV prevention.

Latest in HIV Prevention

Reinfection? Recombination? The risks of different routes of entry? Browse through the latest in prevention thinking from ACRIA's recent community forum in New York City.

Upcoming CDC Broadcast: Behavioral Intervention

CDC's National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention will sponsor a satellite broadcast, "Effective Behavioral Interventions for HIV Prevention," on Thursday, May 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. EST.

U.S. Announces Title II Ryan White Grants

Earlier this month HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced grants totaling $923 million to provide medical care, support services and prescription drugs for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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

Education Suffers in Africa as AIDS Ravages Teachers
The disease is killing them faster than countries can train them, hurting children in the process
From The New York Times (free registration required) (May 8, 2002)

Teenagers "Complacent" Over HIV
Teenagers are sitting on an AIDS timebomb as they become complacent about health warnings, according to new research
From BBC News (May 7, 2002)

Doctors, Labs for First Time Have to Report New HIV Cases
In California, a new era of HIV reporting dawns
From San Francisco Chronicle (May 4, 2002)

"Barebacking" on Increase in D.C. Area, Study Suggests
The Whitman-Walker Clinic says at-risk behavior among gay men is on the rise
From The Washington Blade (May 3, 2002)

  
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