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June 11, 2003

Mixed News on Assisted Reproduction for HIVers

A small French study has some good news for "serodiscordant" couples (one positive, one negative) hoping to have a baby using assisted reproduction -- but, unfortunately, the news is only good if the HIV-positive partner is male.

HIV positive and thinking of having a baby? Browse through The Body's collection of articles on HIV and pregnancy.

Why Do Meds Work Differently for Different People?

Some people with HIV respond very well to treatment, while others seem to struggle and frequently change treatments. This variability can be due to a number of intertwining factors. Bob Huff explores this complicated issue in GMHC's Treatment Issues.

Post-Exposure HIV Prevention Not Recommended for Kids

Doctors should not automatically give HIV drugs to every child who may have been accidentally exposed to HIV, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Post-exposure prophylaxis is recommended when a child is sexually abused, for example -- but not when a child gets pricked by a used needle or is accidentally exposed to the breast milk of an HIV-positive woman.

Make a Big, Hairy Deal About HIV/AIDS

It's the huge event that puts the "glam" in glamour: Visual AIDS' wild annual benefit/bash, A Big Hairy Deal! New York City's top professional hair stylists will provide amazing haircuts and makeup services, plus there'll be live music and raffles for prizes from some of New York's coolest companies. It's all happening on June 18; click here to find out more!

Review of Atazanavir Research

The U.S. is likely to approve atazanavir (Reyataz), a next-generation protease inhibitor, very soon. But what does the research say about how well this drug works? Click here to find out.

Visual AIDS Celebrates Gay Pride

It's Gay Pride Month in New York City, and Visual AIDS brings that pride to the Web with this terrific selection of works by HIV-positive artists. Click here to browse this month's Visual AIDS Web Gallery!

Heart Transplant Successful in AIDS Patient

It's an exciting development that may finally put to rest any debate about whether people with AIDS should receive organ transplants: A 39-year-old Harvard scientist with AIDS has survived two years since receiving a heart transplant, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Preventing HIV Saves Lives -- And Money

If the U.S. government invested $383 million more a year in domestic HIV prevention efforts, it could stop 130,000 HIV infections from ever happening and save more than $18 billion in medical costs by 2010, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control.

In Africa, Dirty Needles May Spread More HIV Than Thought

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that it has probably underestimated the number of people in Africa who have been exposed to HIV through dirty needles. A December 2002 report by the WHO said that 2.5 percent of HIV exposures were attributable to the use of unclean needles in medical care, but other researchers estimate that number could be anywhere from 8 to 45 percent.

Some People Are HIV "Super-Shedders"

Scientists call it "shedding": Just like a cat sheds its hair, people with HIV "shed" the virus -- namely in their blood, semen and vaginal fluids. Recent research has investigated the idea that some men and women may shed more HIV than others, which could make them more likely to infect their partners during unprotected sex.

Spotlighting Some Drugs in Development

GMHC's Treatment Issues provides brief updates on several HIV drugs in development: atazanavir, tipranavir, SCH-D and AMD-070.

Take a Cruise, Donate Your Meds, and Other News Briefs

Heterosexual, HIV-positive and want to meet others? Poz HeteroCruise leaves from San Juan, Puerto Rico on October 12, 2003. Got extra HIV medications? Send your unused drugs to Africa. Click here for more news from Positively Aware.

Web Highlights

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

Wife Wins Damages for HIV Case
In a case that could have dangerous implications for patient confidentiality throughout the world, an Australian woman wins more than $460,000 (in U.S. dollars) from two doctors because they didn't tell her that her husband was HIV positive
From BBC News (June 10, 2003)

National ADAP Working Group Calls for $145M in Emergency Supplemental Funds for Fiscal Year 2003
Without the extra funding, even more HIV-positive people may be denied the meds they need
From Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report (June 9, 2003)

WHO Seeks Brazil's Help in War Against AIDS
The United Nations health agency asks Brazil, whose HIV prevention and treatment programs are seen as a model for the developing world, to help it treat 3 million HIVers worldwide by 2005
Audio segment from National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" (June 5, 2003)

Increasing Trend of Cesarean Deliveries in HIV-Infected Women in the United States From 1994 to 2000
HIV-positive women have had C-sections more than twice as often since 1998, due to studies published that year showing that C-sections reduced perinatal transmission rates
From Journal of AIDS (June 1, 2003)

Pretreatment of Chronic Active Hepatitis C in Patients Coinfected With HIV and Hepatitis C Virus Reduces the Hepatotoxicity Associated With Subsequent Antiretroviral Therapy
A study suggests that receiving hepatitis C treatment before starting HAART, rather than after, can help reduce liver damage
From Journal of AIDS (June 1, 2003)

Youth and HIV: The Epidemic Continues
A broad summary of the HIV epidemic among young people in the U.S.
From The PRN Notebook (March 2003)

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