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May 22, 2002

Access to New Anti-HIV Drug Expanded

Bristol-Myers Squibb, the developer of a once-daily protease inhibitor, atazanavir, has started the first phase of a large expanded-access program.

Caring for the World's Women

Despite the fact that women are contracting HIV at a far faster clip than men, the world has been woefully slow to respond -- or even to notice. The International AIDS Women's Caucus seeks to change all that.

Morning-After Pill to Prevent HIV Infection?

Is there a "morning-after" pill for HIV exposure? That depends on how you were exposed, Dr. Jeffrey Schouten says. Read up as he discusses the effectiveness of post-exposure prophylaxis for those who were exposed to HIV on the job versus through sex/injection drugs.

A Little Vitamin Can Go a Long Way

Amid all the clamor over anti-HIV medications, it's easy to forget that there are natural vitamins and minerals that can also help your body fight off HIV. Dietician Jennifer Muir Bowers offers some prime examples.

Thank God for Colin Powell

David Salyer writes an ode to Colin Powell and his realistic stance on AIDS -- a stance he holds despite a presidential administration that's anything but realistic.

HAART Side Effects: The Basics

Wondering what the most common anti-HIV medication side effects are? Browse through this easy-to-read fact sheet from New Mexico AIDS InfoNet.

What if I'm Positive?

Waiting at the doctorís office for his HIV test results, odd thoughts drift through Abel O'Neill's mind: What if he's positive? Will sex come to an end so no one is in danger of his now-killer penis? Or will he merely go on as he did before, but hiding the fact so no one will feel sorry or reject him? Read O'Neillís moving story, one of the many written by HIV-positive Hispanic men and women in "Breaking the Silence."

Tips on Managing Your HIV Treatment

A set of helpful tips on taking HIV medications and managing your treatment, from Positively Aware.

Side-by-Side Epidemics: HIV and Hepatitis

Did you know that about one-third of HIV-positive people are also positive for hepatitis C? Read this informative article from Positively Aware.

Gerald Moreno discusses the challenges of living with HIV and hepatitis C.

Money: The Great Obstacle to Groundbreaking Research

A new breed of anti-cancer drug has shown the potential to be effective against HIV as well. There's only one problem, AIDS Treatment News notes: Nobody's willing to shell out the cash needed to begin researching it.

AIDSWatch 2002 Is Fast Approaching!

It's just a few weeks until AIDSWatch 2002, a major grass-roots event in Washington that could impact U.S. AIDS policy. Find out how you can still get involved!

Wondering what policy decisions about HIV/AIDS were made in Washington last week? Check out AIDS Action's weekly update.

How the Drug Industry Gets Its Way

One of the United States' largest, most powerful trade organizations is PhRMA, which represents the pharmaceutical industry in Washington. GMHC's Bob Huff comments on some of the tactics PhRMA uses to get its point across.

Vaccines: The Future of HIV Prevention

May 18 marked the Fifth Annual HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, which highlights advances in vaccine research and underscores the pivotal role that preventive HIV vaccines can play in controlling the AIDS pandemic.

Cheap Airline Tickets Cause Gonorrhea?

Passengers flying on low-cost airlines to Asia and Africa are being blamed for an alarming increase in reported cases of gonorrhea in Scotland.

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

HIV Patients Try to Remedy Gaunt Appearance
Treatment options sought by many people with facial wasting.
From The New York Times (free registration required) (May 21, 2002)

HIV/AIDS Is Wiping Out South Africa's Teachers
A World Bank report says 44,000 South African teachers have HIV.
From Cape Argus (May 21, 2002)

Jail Is AIDS Education Opportunity for Women
So say study results recently published in the American Journal of Public Health.
From Reuters Health (May 16, 2002)

Millions of Children Orphaned by AIDS Pandemic
One of many devastating facts revealed at the United Nations Special Session on Children.
From UNICEF (May 10, 2002)

Update on Women and HIV
A look at gynecological problems and differences in viral load, disease progression and metabolic problems.
From The Hopkins HIV Report (May 2002)

Update on Opportunistic Infections
Evidence increasingly shows that HAART successfully prevents many other infections.
From The Hopkins HIV Report (May 2002)

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