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May 21, 2001

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Everyone is talking about the difference between the amount of drug that makes it into your bloodstream, compared to what you put into your mouth. Bob Munk examines the ups and downs of drug levels in Positively Aware.

Criminal Statutes for HIV Transmission

Ever wonder what the state criminal statutes on HIV transmission are? Check out this handy, eye-opening guide.

Better Versions of Current HIV Drugs?

Soon we will have better versions of the drugs we use to stop HIV. These drugs will fight resistant virus, have fewer side effects, and will be easier to take. David Scondras from Search for a Cure takes a look at these drugs.

Scientists and activists are trying out ways to make the drugs easier to take. Among the things being looked at are: ways to take drugs less frequently, ways to help the immune system fight the virus on its own, therapies that might detoxify some of the regimens. David Scondras from Search for a Cure explores these options.

The third and final step HIV must take to get into the cell is called fusion. The virus fuses with the cell wall. This happens very quickly, but new drugs have been found that interfere with this last step, even though it only occurs for a fraction of a second. They are called "attachment inhibitors," "co-receptor inhibitors," and "fusion inhibitors." For more about these drugs, click here.

HIV Hoaxes and Rumors Dispelled

Hoaxes and rumors about HIV abound. Take a look at this collection of recent and not so recent stories, from the Centers for Disease Control.

New Glossary of HIV/AIDS Terminology

The glossary to end all glossaries. Want to look up a word? Check out this newly coded glossary of HIV/AIDS terminology.

Gathering for Hetero HIV-Positive

The Center for Positive Connections, a Miami organization for straight people living with HIV, is organizing a seven-day retreat for the HIV heterosexual community, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, October 18-25. Read about this and other news from Positively Aware.

Are HIV Positive Women Getting the Care They Deserve?

HIV positive women continue to receive suboptimal health care. Debra Johnson, N.P., P.A.-C. and Kathleen E. Squires, M.D. have written a great article to help HIV-Positive women discover if they are getting the care they deserve, in Positively Aware.

Positive Woman's Comeback

HIV became a permanent fixture in Sylvia's life around the end of 1983. Her first husband had been sick on and off for months. "I got tired and frustrated with him . . . there was never a diagnosis. Well, it wasn't that there wasn't a diagnosis, it was the fact that he wasn't telling me. He had full blown AIDS." Sixteen years later Sylvia Vázquez-O'Shaughnessy is remarried and the facilitator for Test Positive Aware Network's support group for HIV positive women. Read this feisty woman's story.

HIV Positive Women & Nutrition

Proper nutrition plays an important role in overall health care. For the HIV-infected woman, adequate nutrition is critical, and efforts must be made to optimize nutritional status. For more on this subject, read this article by registered dietician Tami Jones Mackle.

European Parliament on Treatment Access

On March 15 the European Parliament adopted the following resolution on access to HIV and other treatment in poor countries.

U.S. and African AIDS Organizations

The National Minority AIDS Council, working with the U.S. Office of AIDS Research, will be holding a series of 4-day workshops on partnerships between U.S. and African AIDS organizations. Click here for the dates and places.

Progress of T-20 Development

T-20 is a new anti-HIV drug that brings hope to many people looking for a third line therapy. However, it has still not been approved. Click here to get the lowdown on why it is taking so long, from GMHC.

How To Read Science Papers

When it comes to coverage of health issues on TV and in the papers, it seems like the media has a new, and often contradictory, story every week. Carlton Hogan offers some help in the fundamentals of reading scientific papers, in GMHC.

Hearing Damage?

Researchers now suspect that certain nukes (ddC, ddI and d4T) may cause damage to people's sense of hearing. For the details, click here.

Drug Cycling Study

An interesting study in Madrid had patients take one combination of drugs for a month and a different combination the next month, switching between the two combinations from month to month. Read the interesting results from the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange.

The Joys of Safer Sex

The joys of safer sex . . . by Anthony "AC" Clark, in Positively Aware.

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

ABC of AIDS: Development of the epidemic
From the British Medical Journal (May 19, 2001)

HIV at record levels in southern Africa
Prevention efforts not turning the tide
From the San Francisco Chronicle (May 18, 2001)

Horizons AIDSQuest: the HIV/AIDS Survey Library
This is a resource for researchers and others developing HIV/AIDS-related data collection tools. Horizons has collected surveys from international and local organizations, and published literature.
From the Population Council

South Africa kills hope of AIDS drugs
From Johannesberg's Daily Mail & Guardian (May 14, 2001)

Activists privatise AIDS drug struggle
From Johannesberg's Daily Mail & Guardian (May 14, 2001)

HAART and the Heart: Lipodystrophy and Cardiovascular Risk
From the PRN Notebook (May 14, 2001)

Participate in a study on the effectiveness of garlic supplements in lowering cholesterol levels in HIV-positive individuals currently taking HAART.
From Bastyr University

Treatment of Primary Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Infection with Potent Antiretroviral Therapy Reduces Frequency of Rapid Progression to AIDS
From The National AIDS Education and Training Centers Program (May 17, 2001)

Mortality Among Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Patients with Cirrhosis or Hepatocellular Carcinoma Due to Hepatitis C Virus in French Departments of Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases, in 1995 and 1997
From The National AIDS Education and Training Centers Program (May 17, 2001)

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