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May 28, 2003

Old Age: The Side Effect Many Never Expected

"It wasn't what I expected to hear. I went to the doctor complaining about the pain and stiffness in my knees and ankles. I was prepared to hear that it was another side effect of my meds, a progression of my neuropathy or worse yet joint deterioration. 'Sure it's a side effect ... a side effect of getting old,' he said. 'Accept it, you're getting older.'"

Teen Sex: It's All a Matter of Perception

What are the factors that influence how early young people start engaging in sexual activity? This question was examined in a two-year study focusing on minority youth in New York City. Among the results: Almost 20 percent of seventh-grade girls said having sex proves that they're women. Click here for more.

An AIDS Warrior Chooses a Different Battle

"I was diagnosed with HIV in 1989, and I thought I would be dead by now. I want to enjoy this time and use it well for many purposes -- but not just to fight AIDS." In this wonderfully written column, David Barr talks about what happens when an AIDS activist grows out of AIDS activism.

Waiting Lists for HIV Treatment in U.S.

Fourteen U.S. AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) have closed enrollment to new clients or limited access to antiretroviral drugs. More than 600 people who need treatment are on ADAP waiting lists. Search For A Cure writes powerfully about how President Bush and his conservative allies are losing the war against AIDS in the United States.

Whatever the Topic, The Body's Community Center Is the Place to Talk About It

Just diagnosed? Trying to figure out if you should start treatment? Single, HIV-positive and looking to meet someone? Connect with others at The Body's Community Center!

Getting People With HIV Into Treatment

GMHC's Bob Huff interviews Dr. Sam Bozzette, a clinician and researcher who discusses ways to get HIV-positive people into treatment earlier. He also urges doctors to involve HIVers more in their treatment decisions.

The Ins and Outs of Medicaid for HIVers

How does Medicaid work -- and how can it help people with HIV in the U.S. pay for their health care? Project Inform provides this top-notch review of the Medicaid system.

Going on Vacation With Your HIV

If you're planning to travel this summer and you're HIV positive, click here to browse through The Body's collection of articles on traveling with HIV.

Update on HIV and the Immune System

This year's Retrovirus conference included a lot of new research about how HIV attacks people's immune systems -- and how it manages to avoid a lot of the body's natural defenses. Here's a rundown of some of the highlights.

HIV Doctors Push for More Help From the West

A major meeting of the world's eight biggest industrial powers is scheduled for next week, and many in the HIV community see it as the perfect opportunity to get rich countries more involved in the global fight against AIDS. The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, for instance, gave all eight countries a sign-on letter urging them to place HIV and international development at the forefront of their discussion.

Analysis of Trizivir Study Results

In March, researchers released the early results of an important study that found Trizivir by itself did not work as well as certain other regimens when used as first-line therapy. Dr. Daniel Berger examines this critical study and explains what the preliminary results of this trial mean.

STDs and Blacks: It's Not Just Who You Sleep With

Why is there such a dramatically high rate of STDs among young black U.S. women? It's not their choice of partners, say researchers. Their advice: All young women and men should be screened early and frequently for STDs.

Web Highlights

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

Pastor Went to Hell and Back
Rev. David North lost everything after learning he was HIV positive; now he's back ministering to his flock
From Washington Blade (May 28, 2003)

Medicaid Change Imperils HIV Care
Dr. John Bartlett, the chief of infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is alarmed by the Bush administration's proposals to overhaul Medicaid funding policy
From The Baltimore Sun (May 23, 2003)

Topics in HIV Medicine: CROI 2003
A PDF from the International AIDS Society summarizing the research presented at the recent 10th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
From International AIDS Society-USA (May/June 2003)

Access to HIV Prevention: Closing the Gap
A PDF of this major international report, which found that only one in five at-risk people in the world have access to HIV prevention programs, and prevention funding is nearly $4 billion per year shy of what will be needed in 2005
From Global HIV Prevention Working Group (May 2003)

Cytomegalovirus Retinitis in 2003
Even with the advent of HAART, CMV disease continues to be an important clinical problem in people living with HIV
From The Hopkins HIV Report (May 2003)

FDA Approves Enfuvirtide (Fuzeon, ENF, T-20), the First HIV Fusion Inhibitor
A review of some of the most important issues involving the use of this new HIV drug
From The Hopkins HIV Report (May 2003)

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