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June 12, 2002

Primary HIV Infection: What It's All About

Few people seem to understand the symptoms of primary HIV infection (PHI), or whether treatment during PHI is a good thing. This informative fact sheet summarizes the issue nicely.

Is It Safe Sex? You Bet -- But Is It Good for You?

Are you addicted to cybersex? According to researchers, of the 20 million people who visit sex-oriented sites each month, approximately 200,000 people may be using the Internet in a sexually compulsive manner.

Ensuring a Safe and Nutritious Diet

Wondering how you can maintain a nutritious lifestyle? AIDS Community Research Initiative offers some handy tips.

I'm Healthy ... But I'm Lonely

"I stay at home at night reading books, watching TV and eating. Mentally and so far health-wise I'm OK, aside from feeling unattractive due to my HIV. The bottom line is: I am lonely for a relationship." Body Positive's psychotherapist offers some advice on rebuilding social confidence after an HIV diagnosis.

HIV Treatment for Women

We asked Dr. Shannon Hader, renowned for her skill in treating women with HIV, to discuss some of the most important issues facing HIV-positive women. Read her fascinating interview, part of The Body's extensive feature on women and HIV.

One Latino's Path to Infection

"Do not trust someone who looks good, since appearances can be deceiving. ... if you have a partner, take care of them, respect them so that you will not have remorse in the future." Sergio talks about love, adultery, bitterness, revenge and illness in "Breaking the Silence," a collection of essays written by Hispanic men and women with HIV.

Should You Take a Structured Treatment Interruption?

If you're considering a structured treatment interruption, read this useful Q&A on STIs from The Center for AIDS.

How to Teach Kids About HIV

What can you do to help develop HIV-prevention and sexuality-education programs for children? This classic fact sheet from SIECUS offers an extensive list of tips for educators, advocates and organizers.

If Only We Were Chimps

"The way to prevent AIDS," said Dr. Beatrice Hahn at the recent 9th Retroviruses Conference in Seattle, "is to become more like chimpanzees."

Public Assistance Lacking for HIV+ People

Medicaid is the single biggest source of publicly funded AIDS treatment in the United States, yet state and federal budget problems often make it difficult or impossible for patients to use it.

Using the System to Slash Drug Prices

How could some of the legal tricks used by activists to lower drug prices in the developing world also be used here in the U.S.? GMHC Treatment Issues takes a closer look.

A Very Personal Prevention Program

Every few months, Sheila Taylor invites a dozen strangers and friends into the living room of Beltzhoover House and announces that she is HIV positive.

China on the AIDS Precipice

China could soon have more HIV cases than any other country in the world, according to an alarming United Nations report.

U.S. Plans Alternative to Global AIDS Fund

The Bush administration is preparing a new U.S. aid program to fight the spread of AIDS overseas, with special emphasis on medication to reduce mother-to-child transmission of the disease.

Women Need the Power to Protect Selves From HIV

Why is the number of women being infected with HIV through heterosexual sex growing at such a rapid rate? Gender inequality, says sociology doctoral student Pamela Leong.

HIV Advisory Council Speaks

Curious what President Bush's newly appointed Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS is doing? Read this report from its first meeting.

Closer Look at Developing-World Treatment Guide

The ever-vigilant Treatment Action Group thoroughly analyzes the recent draft of treatment guidelines for resource-limited settings put out by the World Health Organization.

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

Churches Asked to Speak Up on HIV/AIDS
Over 120 Pan-African church leaders strongly reaffirmed their opposition to the use of condoms in the war against AIDS.
From The East African Standard, Nairobi (June 11, 2002)

Building a Better Vaccine
A team of Philadelphia researchers strive to create an AIDS vaccine based on HIV's own genes.
From The Philadelphia Inquirer (June 10, 2002)

Drug "Speeds Up" HIV
Methamphetamine could help HIV replicate faster in the brain, researchers say.
From BBC NEWS (June 5, 2002)

Adherence to HAART: Why Is It So Difficult?
An ongoing study suggests it comes down to personal matters.
Editor's correspondence from the Archives of Internal Medicine (May 27, 2002)

Full Adherence to HAART: Is It Really Necessary?
Some researchers feel it's time to rethink some of our most basic theories on HIV treatment.
Editor's correspondence from the Archives of Internal Medicine (April 22, 2002)

The 2002 Abbreviated Guide to Medical Management of HIV Infection
The condensed version of this terrific book, available here in PDF form.
From Johns Hopkins University

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