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June 4, 2001

Ask the Expert about Women and HIV

Got questions on women and HIV? Now you can ask your questions on specific side effects women experience, or gender differences in treatment and testing. Dr. Judith Aberg has been the director of HIV Services at Washington University in St. Louis since 2000. Previously, she was a member of the faculty at University of California, San Francisco as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Principal Investigator of the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit. She is now available to answer your questions!

Visual AIDS Web Gallery

Artists Carrie Moyer and Sue Schaffner are this month's curators of the June Visual AIDS Web Gallery. View artwork from HIV-positive artists, including Robert Flack, Frank Holliday, Mark Morrisroe, Per Eidepjeld, Albert Winn and Alan Walker.

Easy-to-Understand Guide to Viral Load and T-cell Counts

Still not convinced why viral load and t-cell counts matter? Click here and read Bruce Mirken's easy-to-understand guide, from AIDS Treatment News.

Worldwide Treatment Access

The fight for affordable AIDS medications for the millions of poor people living with HIV/AIDS across the globe is far from over; yet one year ago, few would have predicted how far the struggle has come since the International AIDS Conference last summer. Gregg Gonsalves looks at the changing outlook for worldwide HIV treatment, from GMHC.

HIV and International Development

Responding to HIV must be a core element of development policy, said Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Read more about his views on HIV and international development.

United Nations Special Session on HIV/AIDS

Preparations for the United Nations Special Session on HIV/AIDS, to be held in New York on the 25-27 of June 2001, are gathering momentum as the key outcome document is moved up the ladder.

Is High Blood Pressure Another Side Effect of Indinavir?

"The most well-known side effects linked to the use of the protease inhibitor indinavir (Crixivan) are kidney pain, kidney dysfunction, and kidney stones. Now researchers in Italy think that high blood pressure may also be another side effect." Read the details of this study.

New Side Effect of Kaletra

Another side affect has been discovered for Kaletra. Doctors in France have recently reported what appears to be an unusual side effect: swelling in the legs due to fluid build-up. Click here to find out more.

Easier Access to Tenofovir

Patients who cannot construct a viable antiretroviral regimen with approved drugs will now have easier access to tenofovir, a drug that is currently experimental but may be approved in six months. Read the details in AIDS Treatment News.

Tattoo Reactions and HAART

Doctors may wish to warn their patients who have tattoos that they may experience a reaction to their tattoos after starting HAART. Read the details from the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange.

Severe Liver Damage Linked to TB Drugs

It seems severe liver damage with TB drugs can occur, read the story from the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange.

HCV's Impact on HIV

Does HCV negatively impact HIV disease progression and survival? Michael Marco provides some interesting answers, from GMHC.

Cervical Cancer Prevention

HIV-positive Leatrice Simpson has been having Pap smear abnormalities since she was a teenager. Despite many frustrations, Lea's been successfully able to both prevent cervical cancer from developing, and to treat it when it did. Read her story in Positively Aware.

Research Findings for Women with HIV

Finally women with HIV are being studied. Click here to read summaries of some of the research findings on HIV-positive women over the last few years from the Women's Interagency HIV Study.

Gender Differences and HIV Infection Among Drug Users

HIV incidence was more than two times higher among women who reported recently having sex with another injection drug user. Click here to read more results from this interesting study on the role of gender differences in the risk of HIV infection among injection drug users.

Clinical Studies for Women

GMHC's Treatment Issues explains why it is so important that more clinical studies are conducted on women with HIV.

HIV Vaccine Clinical Trials

"People are dying. To stand back and not do anything just doesn't sit well with me. . . . I had to go as far as I could go. . . . I hope more people will participate in HIV vaccine clinical trials and support those who do decide to volunteer. . . . If we talk about it each and every day, maybe it will have a ripple effect." -- an HIV vaccine study volunteer, Baltimore, MD. Find out more about how you can help.

A Comprehensive Look at Clinical Trials

Thinking of joining a clinical trial? Take a look at Community Research Initiative on AIDS' comprehensive look at clinical trials.

20th Anniversary of the Discovery of AIDS

Over 100 major AIDS organizations have called for a rally in Washington D.C. on June 3rd to mark the 20th year since the discovery of AIDS.

HIV/AIDS Milestones

Browse through this interesting listing of HIV/AIDS milestones 1995-1999 from the US Federal Drug Administration.

A Look Back on the Beginnings of the AIDS Pandemic

"Ultimately, it is our unwillingness to speak candidly about sex and injection drug use that has created a profound medical problem and ongoing threat to the public health." David Salyer looks back on the beginnings of the AIDS pandemic, in AIDS Survival News.

An HIV/AIDS Awareness Program in Prison

An inmate at the Oregon State Penitentiary profiles an interesting prison HIV/AIDS awareness program, in Body Positive.

Georgia AIDS Drug Assistance Program

The Georgia Department of Human Resources announced that effective immediately, enrollment for the Georgia AIDS Drug Assistance Program will be capped at its current levels and a waiting list will be instituted. Is this a sign of things to come in other U.S. cities? Read about the Georgia crisis.

HIV and Hypochondria

"When I tell my friends or my parents I feel stressed, burned out and fed up, they think it's AIDS-related and encourage me to see my doctor. However, my doctor has asked that I call him before coming in and limit my medical visits to once a month, unless it is an emergency. Am I going crazy or am I becoming a hypochondriac?" Psychologist Dr. J. Buzz von Ornsteiner looks at HIV hypochondria, in Body Positive.

A Look at Fungal Infections

With names like aspergillosis (the name of an old girlfriend), candidiasis (a famous French play), coccidioidomycosis (Gezzhuntite!), cryptococcal meningitis (what killed Boris Karloff in The Mummy), and histoplasmosis (that's when you bomb a history test), it's a wonder HIV infected folks don't die from just saying these fungal infections. For a look at fungal infections, from Positively Aware, click here.

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

Young Gays Contracting HIV at "Explosive" Rate, CDC Says
From the San Francisco Chronicle (June 1, 2001)

Walt Senterfitt looks at "Disclosure of HIV Status and Practice of Safer Sex, Part II"
From Being Alive (June 1, 2001)

AIDS in Africa
From PBS, the MacNeil-Lehrer Productions (May 21, 2001)

In Medicine and Understanding, We've Come So Far and Yet Have So Far to Go
The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look back at 20 years of AIDS (May 27, 2001)

Report Finds Young Black Men at Higher Risk for HIV
From The New York Times (May 31, 2001)

Ritalin as an Energy Booster, Treating Neuropathy, and Other Treatment News
From AIDS Treatment Data Network Information Bulletin (May/June 2001)

ABC of AIDS: Natural History and Management of Early HIV Infection
From the British Medical Journal (May 26, 2001)

A Comparison Study of Multiple Measures of Adherence to HIV Protease Inhibitors
From the Annals of Internal Medicine (May 15, 2001)

HIV Therapy in "Triple-Diagnosed" Patients: HIV Infection, Drug Use, and Mental Illness
From the International AIDS Society (May 1, 2001)

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