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June 19, 2002

When Your Lab Results Aren't Cut-and-Dry

When your CD4+ count is going up yet your viral load is also rising, it's challenging to decide whether to take action or not. This dilemma actually has a name: "Disconnect Syndrome."

New Inhibitor Looks Like Effective HAART Booster

T-20, a new type of anti-HIV drug now in clinical trials as a rescue treatment, also shows promise as a booster for people currently on anti-HIV medications.

The Ins and Outs of Mixed Status Relationships

If you're a gay man who's in -- or might someday be in -- a mixed-status relationship, you don't want to miss this terrific article in Body Positive. It takes a close-up look at the many different ways that couples react when only one person has HIV.

A "Good" Kind of Drug Resistance?

Treatment Action Group takes a closer look at research on a specific strain of HIV that's resistant to protease inhibitors. There's a possibility, TAG reports, that a stable amount of this resistant virus could actually HELP a person's immune system, in a weird (and limited) way.

Pamela to World: "I Have Hep C"

Pamela Anderson: the newest hepatitis C poster girl. David Salyer discusses Pamela and hepatitis risks.

For Hispanic Women, Silence Isn't Golden

"If you don't feel confident that you're going to survive, it is very difficult to make someone else believe that. Practice disclosing in the rap groups. Share fears, doubt, anything that will give you confidence." A Hispanic woman talks about talking, in "Breaking the Silence," a powerful collection of essays written by Latinos and Latinas with HIV.

Counterfeit Anemia Drug Discovered

Ortho Biotech Products recently became aware of the existence of counterfeit drugs labeled as Procrit (epoetin alfa). Click here for additional info.

Crystal Meth: Up Close and Personal

"No need to think about anything joyless. No need to concern ourselves with anything that would lessen our pleasure or come between us. ... We've entered the seductive world of crystal methamphetamine."

Keeping AIDS Advocacy Strong

Is AIDS activism dying? Signs suggest that it might be. Treatment Action Group analyzes the evolution of AIDS advocacy, as well as what needs to be done to keep it alive for the next generation of HIV-positive people.

Interested in impacting U.S. policy on HIV, but not sure how to get your foot in the door? Project Inform provides a few starting points for anyone hoping to get involved in HIV advocacy.

Treatment Guidelines, Quick and Easy

Whether you're a healthcare provider or an informed patient, the 2002 Abbreviated Guide to Medical Management of HIV Infection makes a succinct source of treatment information. AIDS Treatment News provides a brief review of the book, which is available free online.

The Wild World of HIV-Prevention Ads

With all the recent controversy swirling around offensive HIV-prevention ads, many of you might be wondering: What's next? Paul Serchia of AIDS Project Los Angeles offers his vision of what the future of HIV education might hold.

Free AIDS-Ed Classes Near Philly

This month is AIDS Education Month for Philadelphia FIGHT, Pennsylvania's largest HIV/AIDS education and advocacy organization. If you're in the Philly area during June, you might want to stop in at one of FIGHT's free AIDS education events, including seminars on breaking into clinical trials and alternative therapies.

No Insurance? You're in Trouble!

Uninsured HIV-positive adults in the U.S. are less likely to receive newer antiretroviral therapy drug combinations, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

To Fight AIDS, Women Must First Be Empowered

The developing world can't effectively battle AIDS without first addressing issues of female poverty and empowerment, officials said at the opening of the 46th Session of the UN Commission on Status of Women in March. Read recaps of their statements.

The United Nations lists five steps that governments of every country must take to make women the focus of the worldwide battle against AIDS.

ADAPs' Suffering Deepens

AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) are facing growth problems that have resulted in restricted access to drugs and capped enrollment in at least 10 U.S. states and territories, according to the April 2002 report of the National ADAP Monitoring Project.

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

AIDS Drugs During Pregnancy Don't Harm Fetus, Study Finds
All the recent hooplah over HAART causing birth defects? Balderdash.
From The New York Times (free registration required) (June 12, 2002)

Management of Hepatitis C: 2002
A preliminary draft statement from a major upcoming National Institutes of Health conference.
From National Institutes of Health (June 12, 2002)

New Antiretrovirals in Development: The View in 2002
A research review of everything from old-fashioned protease inhibitors to hip new integrase inhibitors.
From The PRN Notebook (June 2002)

Update on IL-2: Where Itís Been and Where Itís Going
Signs increasingly suggest that the drug may finally be approved within the next few years.
From The PRN Notebook (June 2002)

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