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June 11, 2001

Women and AIDS: The Differences

Slowly but surely researchers are discovering that the differences between men and women can potentially affect HIV disease progression. Differences include access to health care services, psychological factors, and social and environmental factors. All of these, plus other differences, should be taken into consideration when medication is prescribed. For an in-depth look at this important subject, read this month's Bulletin of Experimental Treatments for AIDS.

A News Update for HIV-Positive Women

A look at HIV-positive women found that vitamin A deficiency was associated with abnormal Pap smears (the first step toward cervical cancer). Read this and other news regarding women and HIV, in Positively Aware.

Incarcerated Teens with HIV

Sheryl is a 15-year-old African-American youth from the Bronx. She is not preparing for her sweet-sixteen party. Nor will she get together with her friends and family to celebrate this rite of passage. Instead, Sheryl, who is HIV-positive, will be serving time in a state-operated youth lock-up for juvenile criminal offenders. Have incarcerated youths become yet another forgotten part of the HIV/AIDS epidemic? Psychologist Dominic J. Carbone takes a look at this issue in Body Positive.

Am I Infected?

Worried if you are infected with HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases? Waiting for your HIV test results? Read through The Body's Ask the Expert questions and answers.

Making Treatment Decisions

Starting antiviral therapy is a difficult decision and not everyone is ready for it -- even when their viral load and CD4 count are at dangerous levels. Check out this excellent new book written by Michael Shernoff, M.S.W. and Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. geared for mental health professionals about how to help patients make decisions about antiviral treatment.

Experiencing Fatigue? You are Not Alone!

How common is fatigue in people with HIV? What are the factors that contribute to HIV-related fatigue? How is fatigue diagnosed? These and other questions are answered in a thorough article by Liz Highleyman in the Bulletin of Experimental Treatments for AIDS.

Renewing Prevention Efforts?

The appropriate response to an expanding epidemic is an expanding response, not standing in place. Body Positive editor Raymond A. Smith writes eloquently about the need for a renewed commitment to HIV prevention in the third decade of AIDS.

AIDS Organizations and the Twenty-Year Anniversary of AIDS

"Within the community there is fighting. One agency vying against another for funding is common throughout the country and even in Atlanta. Duplication of services drains a dwindling supply of funding. Who loses in this battle for funds? Persons living with AIDS." Gerry Hoyt of AIDS Survival News writes about the twenty-year anniversary of AIDS.

ADAP Program in the U.S.

Need some help paying for medications? Take a look at this state-by-state list of AIDS Drug Assistance Programs.

Overcoming Prejudice in Prison

Two incarcerated men living with HIV write about trying to overcome prejudice in prison, in Body Positive.

Working While On Social Security

People on social security with disabilities may soon have new options for obtaining employment, vocational rehabilitation, or other support services from public and private providers. For the details, from AIDS Survival News, click here.

Drug Levels

The amount of drug that makes it into your bloodstream, compared to the amount that you put into your mouth, is called "bioavailability." Bob Munk, in Positively Aware, makes a convincing argument about why you and drug manufacturers should take some time to understand the bioavailability or drug levels of antivirals.

Interview with a Barebacker

David Salyer interviews perhaps the country's most highly visible barebacker -- a HIV-positive man who engages in unprotected anal sex with other positive men. They discuss reinfection and other issues, in AIDS Survival News.

HIV is Growing in Over-Fifty Set

This summer (2001) the National Association on HIV Over Fifty, in collaboration with the New England AIDS Education and Training Center will present its 4th National Conference on HIV/AIDS and Aging. Click here to find out more.

AIDS and Spirituality

Got a question on AIDS and spirituality? The Body now has a Rabbi answering questions. Rabbi J.B. Sacks-Rosen is the spiritual leader of Congregation Shaarei Torah in Arcadia, California. He was one of the founders and served as the first convener of the AIDS Interfaith Network of New Jersey. Click here to ask your question.

The Reality of AIDS 20 Years Later

Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says, "It was inconceivable [at the beginning of the AIDS pandemic] that AIDS would spread so rapidly, that within the first 20 years it would infect 58 million people, killing 22 million of them."

Cleve Jones Editorial

Cleve Jones of the AIDS Quilt discusses 20 years of AIDS, in AIDS Survival News.

20 Years of AIDS

Cathy Olufs of Women Alive looks back at some of the triumphs and defeats during the past 20 years.

New Newsletter at The Body

Now at The Body: The Nexus, the newsletter of the new American Academy of HIV Medicine. Read their news roundup: Budget for 2002 "mixed bag" for HIV/AIDS funding, medicare funding increase fails in Senate, high court declines to hear case on capping of HIV/AIDS coverage.

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

Calendar Of Events Related to The United Nations Special Session On HIV/AIDS

United Nations General Assembly Special Session on AIDS June 25-27
Non-governmental organizations resources

Rural AIDS Patients Face Stigma and Lack of Specialized Care
From the Washington Post (June 10, 2001)

ABC of AIDS: Antiretroviral drugs
From the British Medical Journal (June 9, 2001)

"Prostitutes At Least Can Protect Themselves. Married Women Can't"
A report about HIV in the Caribbean
From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel (June 8, 2001)

Finding, Selecting, and Adapting Evaluated HIV Interventions
A presentation from the conference "Renewing HIV Prevention" (April 20, 2001)
From the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies

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