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June 19, 2001

The Scoop on the UN AIDS Session Prep

Many of the AIDS organizers, some of whom traveled long distances at their own expense, found they had little input into preparations for the United Nations AIDS session in New York next week. Read the low down, from AIDS Treatment News.

Drifting Agenda for Federal Research

A review of recent government clinical trials targeting HIV infection suggests skewed priorities in the federal research agenda. Bob Huff writes about the drifting agenda for Federal treatment research, in GMHC's Treatment Issues.

ADAP in Trouble

AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) facing serious budget shortfall: it's time to urge President Bush to support emergency supplemental funding, read the details from Project Inform.

Join Stop Global AIDS March and Rally

Before world leaders discuss HIV/AIDS at the United Nations June 25-27 in New York there will be a march and rally to demand action to Stop Global AIDS Now. Join thousands in the streets to put an end to governmental inaction and to insist that global health be put before corporate profits. Help build the People's Mobilization to Stop Global AIDS. Click here to learn more.

AIDS Treatment Activism

"It's been an astonishing year for AIDS treatment activism, full of amazing highs and lows." Mark Harrington mulls over the global treatment access progress in Treatment Action Group's latest newsletter.

Teenage Girls & Sex

A study in the May issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health examines the reasons teenage girls give concerning whether they are sexually active or not.

Sexual Behavior among Middle School Kids

Homework assignments designed to enhance parent-child communication and support of a school-based prevention curriculum appeared to have an immediate impact on several key determinants of sexual behavior among middle school adolescents says a new study. Click here to learn more.

Young People and HIV

In the U.S., it is estimated that two young people (age 13-25) are infected with HIV each hour. Terri L. Wilder looks at the particular challenges faced by young people living with HIV, in AIDS Survival News.

Camps for HIV-Positive Kids

Interested in finding a summer camp for an HIV-positive kid? Click here.

Meet Others Affected by HIV

Want to meet others affected by HIV? Connect at the Body's BBS.

The World of Vaccine Development

While vaccine development inches along, advocates of vaccine research attack the people and programs that are trying to provide prevention, care and treatment in the interim says Mark Harrington in his look inside the world of vaccine development. Read his interesting take, in Treatment Action Group's latest newsletter.

Developments in Antibody Research

While most antibodies are not effective against HIV, an immunologist has found some that are. This research might be important for vaccine development, for protecting infants from infection (including from breast milk), and possibly for developing better treatments for persons already infected. Read John James' report, in AIDS Treatment News.

New Clinical Trials

HIV research in the New York area is thriving, with 126 clinical trials listed at sites throughout New York, including trials accessible to New Yorkers being conducted in Connecticut, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland (which pays airfare). For more on new clinical trials, click here.

Dual Protease Inhibitor Drug Regimen

More and more doctors are prescribing combinations of highly active antiretroviral therapy that contain two protease inhibitors, usually ritonavir plus another PI. Ritonavir's function here is not primarily to further contain HIV but rather to increase the blood levels of the second PI, decrease pill burden, simplify dosing schedules, and thereby improve drug adherence. To find out more about these kinds of combinations, click here.

HIV & Herb Use

According to a recent study reported on by Project Inform, lots of people with HIV are using herbal treatments. The most commonly used herbs included Echinacea, ginseng, gingko, St. John's Wort, goldenseal, garlic, saw palmetto, Chinese herbs, milk thistle, and yohimbe. Of these, some have interactions with HIV drugs, specifically St. John's Wort and garlic. For more information on herbal treatments and HIV, click here.

Milk Thistle and Drug Interactions

A warning about milk thistle and drug interactions.

Long Term Use of T-20

T-20: Will long-term use weaken the immune system's ability to fight HIV? Read the details from a new study.

Help Others with Your Extra Meds

Got extra medications? Want to help people in other countries who have no access to anti-HIV drugs? Click here for a list of U.S. organizations that collect anti-HIV medications for donation abroad.

Long-time Users Quit Drugs

Syringe prescription study had an unexpected bonus: long-time users quit drugs, read the details in AIDS Treatment News.

NIH Recalls the Early Years of AIDS

What did researchers think, feel, and do when AIDS -- eventually traced to a smoldering new virus that would wreak havoc worldwide -- first emerged? To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the first publication about AIDS, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the launch of a new web site titled "In Their Own Words: NIH Researchers Recall the Early Years of AIDS."

AIDS Bereavement

When people lose loved ones to AIDS and suffer from grief and bereavement it seems there is no help available. A new book "Working with AIDS Bereavement: A Comprehensive Approach for Mental Health Providers" details some of the help support groups and therapists offer. The Body is pleased to present an excerpt from this book.

HIV News and Notes

Browse through this round up of HIV news and notes, from Body Positive.

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

Impaired replication of protease inhibitor-resistant HIV-1 in human thymus
From Nature Medicine (June 14, 2001)

A cognitive behavioural intervention to reduce sexually transmitted infections among gay men: randomised trial
From the British Medical Journal (June 16, 2001)

The following links are two great radio broadcasts from National Public Radio on AIDS.
To listen, you must have RealPlayer or RealAudio.
To download, click here.

After 20 Years, AIDS Fight Far from Over
U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher discusses AIDS
From National Public Radio (June 5, 2001) (AUDIO)

Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Laurence Altman, Science Writer, New York Times and Cornelius Baker Executive Director, The Whitman-Walker Clinic discuss AIDS.
From National Public Radio (June 5, 2001) (AUDIO)

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