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July 2, 2001

The Body Will Cover IAS

The Body is pleased to be covering The 1st International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment which will be held July 8 - July 11, 2001 in Buenos Aires. Reporting exclusively from Argentina for The Body are Calvin Cohen, M.D., M.S.; Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.; Douglas Dieterich, M.D.; Howard Grossman, M.D.; Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.; Pablo Tebas, M.D.; Alvan Fisher, M.D.; and Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

July Visual AIDS Gallery

View this month's Web Gallery from Visual AIDS! Look at work chosen by Susanna Cole and Erin Donnelly from a wide assortment of HIV-positive artists, including Becky Trotter, David Wojnarowicz, Robert Miles Parker, Steed Taylor, Michael Ransom, William Tisdale, Bob Corti, Timothy Lonergan, Robert Farber, Mark Morrisroe and Martin Wong.

Women & HIV & Depression

Having "the blues" for a day or two is something we all feel occasionally. Depression is different. Depression can last weeks or months, or even years. It can change your body chemistry and, left untreated, can worsen or even cause other illnesses. How do you recognize signs of depression? Check out the latest WISE Words, a treatment publication for women from Project Inform.

The Story of One Man & AIDS

Diagnosed 12 years ago, Jeff Berry's numbers are now pretty good, but lipodystrophy has started to take its toll. He never anticipated having to deal with looking sick -- especially when he didn't feel sick. Read his story, from Positively Aware.

Advertising AIDS

"The gorgeous models living life to its fullest in HIV drug ads don't appear to be the least bit concerned about having poopy pants." David Salyer writes incisively about pharmaceutical company ads for HIV drugs.

Forum on Women & HIV

Got questions on women and HIV? Ask about specific side effects women experience, or gender differences in treatment and testing. Dr. Judith Aberg is now available to answer your questions!

HIV Drug Development

Tipranavir (PNU-140690), BMS-232632, Emivirine, FTC, Tenofovir, and T-20 -- these are some of the newest HIV drugs in various stages of development. Take a quick look at these drugs from Project Inform's WISE Words.

Viable AIDS Vaccine?

Finally, there are new innovations in vaccine research that have led members of the HIV community to be optimistic about the possibility of a viable vaccine. Read this summary from a recent Community Research Initiative on AIDS community forum.

Declaration from the UN Special Session on AIDS

No homosexuality, sex work, or IV drug use mentioned, but at least -- 20 years into the pandemic -- AIDS has been acknowledged as a serious global issue and equal rights for women mentioned as important -- if only as a way to prevent future HIV infections. Read the declaration agreed upon at the United Nations.

UN Special Session on AIDS

Missed the United Nations Special Session on AIDS? Visit The Body's special section on this important conference.

What Nations Should Be Doing

". . . already tens of millions are infected, tens of millions are dying, and a hundred million more may become infected and die in the future . . . these figures are not theoretical, or exaggerated. . . . If we continue as we are, struggling to hold the front, but each year losing a little more ground, this is the territory we will stand in. A place of pain and sorrow. A place of unimaginable loss . . . a place of collective shame: that together, with all of our resources, all of our wealth, we will have failed to protect the vulnerable. Peter Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director, speaks eloquently at the UN Special Session on HIV/AIDS.

How To Be an AIDS Advocate

Five steps to effective AIDS advocacy and why getting involved can make all the difference, from Positively Aware.

Companies Commit to Fight AIDS

Leaders of some of the world's biggest companies, including The Coca-Cola Company and MTV Networks International, announced their commitments to fight the global AIDS epidemic, and called upon other business leaders to join them.

Global Access to Medications

Fifty-eight countries have now expressed interest in gaining access to lower-priced drugs -- including treatments for opportunistic infections and antiretroviral therapy -- in the context of the public-private partnership started in May 2000 by five United Nations agencies and five private-sector companies.

What the AIDS Effort Needs

The magnitude of the AIDS effort requires vigorous leadership and additional resources, according to a report released today by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

AIDS Rumors

Hoaxes and rumors about HIV abound. Take a look at this collection of recent and not so recent stories, from the Centers for Disease Control.

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

The Future of HIV Treatment: I Left My HAART in the 20th Century
Charles Flexner, M.D., ruminates on the future of HIV treatment
From the Hopkins HIV Report (July 2001)

Perinatal Transmission and HIV: An Unfinished Success Story
From the Hopkins HIV Report (July 2001)

HAART and the Heart: Lipodystrophy and Cardiovascular Risk
From Physicians' Research Network (June 2001)

"I'll Be Flying Like an Eagle Soon"
Twenty years after the first appearance of AIDS it is still spreading. Our correspondent watched his wife and son Troy die of the illness, and he recorded the child's bravery in a diary.
From The Times (June 29, 2001)

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