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June 25, 2003

Atazanavir (Reyataz) Becomes First Once-Daily PI

Last Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved atazanavir (Reyataz), the first once-daily protease inhibitor. It's likely to be used primarily as part of a first-line HAART regimen.

To learn more about atazanavir, browse through The Body's entire collection of articles.

Have You Been Tested for HIV Yet?

National HIV testing day is this Friday, June 27! One third of Americans who have HIV don't know it, but HIV testing is easier and faster now than it's ever been before -- new "rapid testing" technology provides definitive results in 20 minutes. Click here to find a testing site in the U.S.

If you live outside the United States, click here instead.

There's Nothing Like an HIV Conference in Paris

Look forward to The Body's outstanding coverage of the 2nd International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment, which will be held in Paris from July 13-16.

A Drug for Lipodystrophy?

Canadian researchers are preparing Phase II trials for what they hope will be the first drug to effectively treat lipodystrophy: TH9507, which helps the body produce higher levels of growth hormone.

I Can See Clearly Now, the HAART Has Come

A Johns Hopkins University study found that HAART not only saves people's lives, it saves their vision. In another study, JHU researchers discovered that HIVers who had vision problems caused by CMV retinitis reported a better quality of life on HAART than off.

Most U.S. Women Ignorant of HIV/STD Risk

Young American women are largely unaware of just how high their risk is for contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to a recent report. Eighty percent of women surveyed didn't know that one out of every three new HIV cases occur among women, or that one out of every four Americans are likely to get an STD at some point in their lives.

HIV Worsens Tuberculosis Outbreak in Africa

HIV has caused a tuberculosis (TB) explosion in Africa, according to a new World Health Organization report. An incredible 31 percent of TB infections in sub-Saharan Africa would never have happened if there weren't an HIV epidemic in the region, the report says.

Could Rapid HIV Testing in U.S. Mean Fewer Positive Babies?

The number of babies born with HIV in the U.S. has plummeted since the early 1990s, but mother-to-child transmission still happens, often because the mother's HIV infection isn't discovered in time. Many experts hope the new 20-minute OraQuick HIV test will cut transmission rates even further.

Gay Married Men Spreading HIV to Women in China

In China, homosexuality is so heavily frowned upon that many gay men end up marrying women -- but still have sex with other men. As a result, new research suggests, these men may be spreading HIV to their wives, even though their wives would normally be at a very low risk of contracting the virus.

It's GLBT Pride Month!

Today AIDS activism is about far more than GLBT rights, but in the early days of the epidemic the two causes were intertwined. Both movements have come a long way since the 1980s; Body Positive magazine, published by one of the largest AIDS service organizations in New York City, focuses on this month's GLBT Pride activities in and around Manhattan.

Body Positive also takes a look at Pride events spanning the past 34 years -- beginning with the infamous Stonewall Riots of 1969.

James Pergola views GLBT Pride parades through the eyes of a poet:
"Awesome masses walking en masse --
driven to, about, before us --
come from bottled, smothered lambs
to -- though mottled -- models! Hams!"

Gay Men in Resort Towns Especially at Risk

Experts are worried that not enough is being done to promote safer sex among gay men in popular U.S. resort towns. In South Beach, Fla., for instance, researchers found an extremely high rate of HIV infection among men who have sex with men -- especially among those who recently moved to the area.

Improper Condom Use Leads to Many HIV Infections

A draft report from UNAIDS has found that human error is the main reason why condoms fail to protect against HIV infection about 10 percent of the time.

Web Highlights

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

National HIV Testing Day
Information -- and a list of HIV-related TV show episodes -- provided via this team venture by Viacom and Kaiser Family Foundation
From (Regularly updated)

Blood Test May Predict HIV-Related Dementia
Researchers believe HIVers at risk for dementia have specific protein patterns that others don't
From Reuters Health (June 23, 2003)

Warning Over Drug-Resistant HIV
The unregulated supply of HIV drugs in the developing world threatens to accelerate the development of drug-resistant HIV strains
From BBC Science (June 20, 2003)

Exercise Linked to Lower Triglyceride Levels on HAART
Vitamin E intake is also associated with lower blood pressure and body fat percentage
From (June 18, 2003)

22,000 HIV Cases Registered in Moscow
Drug addicts still account for most HIV cases, but transmission via heterosexual sex is on the rise
From Pravda (June 18, 2003)

Initiating Antiretroviral Therapy
An in-depth review of regimens and current guidelines
From HIV InSite (June 2003)

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