FDA Approves Emtriva, Third New HIV Drug of 2003
It's turning out to be a banner year for newly approved HIV
medications: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just
given the green light to emtricitabine (whose brand name was
Coviracil, but is now Emtriva), a once-daily NRTI. To learn all
about this latest addition to the antiretroviral family, click here!
You're a Teenage HIVer, But How Do You Tell Others?
Telling others you have HIV is a challenge at any age, but for teens it's particularly hard. Irie Session, who coordinates
adolescent services for Bryan's House, a New York City agency,
discusses ways to make it easier.
Internet Dating: How to Do It Right
Internet dating can feel like a desert. When you have HIV, the Web
dating scene can be even tougher. Psychologist Dr. J. Buzz von
Ornsteiner offers smart advice on how to safely and successfully use the Web to find love (or just a date!).
Click here to browse through The Body's listing of dating sites for HIV-positive people.
Could Your ADAP Be the Next to Suffer Cuts?
AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) across the U.S. pay for
medications for more than 120,000 people, but HIVers in 13
states are now on treatment waiting lists, and many programs
have restricted people's selection of drugs. Read this PDF
for a list of which states have ADAP waiting lists or other
restrictions -- and which states may have them soon.
A Life of Clinical Trials
Ellen Hahn, a volunteer with the Houston Buyers Club, talks about
what it's like to live with HAART -- and its side effects. Since
1992 she has been on an assortment of medications and has
participated in many clinical trials.
HIV and TV Land: This Month's Web Gallery
From Mickey Mouse to "I Love Lucy," television has changed us in
ways we can only begin to imagine. Visual AIDS' July Web Gallery
explores TV's impact on HIV-positive artists. Thomas Dima, a vice
president of Cable Positive, the cable and telecommunications
industry's largest AIDS action organization, is this month's
Who Waits Too Long to Get Tested?
HIV-positive ethnic minorities, heterosexuals and less-educated
people are more likely than others to have AIDS by the time they
have an HIV test done. Late testing is risky for both the
HIV-positive person and anybody he or she may have unknowingly
Taking Yourself (And Your HIV) on the Road
Summer is here -- time to pack your bags and get the heck out of
town! Before you head off, though, read through these
vacation-planning tips for people with HIV taking medications.
For more suggestions, read through The Body's section on travel precautions for the HIV positive.
E-Cards: Spreading HIV Awareness Through the Web
Send an HIV/AIDS E-card! Our striking online collection now features
16 cards with artwork and photography by Keith Haring and other
notable HIV-positive artists. Spread HIV awareness!
Some Minority Women Getting HIV From Closeted Bisexuals
Black and Hispanic women in the U.S. are being infected with HIV
at a higher rate than the rest of the population -- in part, a
recent study finds, because many of them do not know their male
sex partners also have sex with men.
Switching Regimens -- And Switching, And Switching ...
For Shelley Singer, an AIDS activist and public speaker, finding
the perfect HAART regimen has been a long, hard process of trial
and error. In this article she writes about what brought her to
her latest drug combination, which includes atazanavir, the newest HIV med on the block.
Viagra Once Again Tied to More Unsafe Sex in MSM
Many men who have sex with men (MSM) are using Viagra, which may
contribute to unsafe sex -- and thus could potentially increase
the risk of HIV transmission, according to a recent study in
Got a Question on Starting HIV Treatment?
Need to start treatment but still feeling tentative? HIV specialist
Dr. Gerald Pierone, Jr. has joined The Body's fabulous team of
online experts and is now available to answer all your questions
about starting HIV treatment. If there's something on your mind,
now's the perfect time to ask!
A Selection of the Top HIV/AIDS Stories From Across the Internet:
Bush to Name Former Eli Lilly CEO as Head of Global AIDS Initiative
Some AIDS advocates are concerned that a former drug-company executive will be negotiating access to generic drugs
From Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report (July 2, 2003)
HIV-Positive Teenagers With Lipodystrophy Have Lower Growth Hormone Secretion
Researchers conducting a small study believe they've found the first link between lipodystrophy and lack of growth hormone in children on HAART
From aidsmap.com (July 1, 2003)
Race Is On to Save the First AIDS Vaccine. But Does It Even Work?
VaxGen pulls out of a final set of trials for its AIDSVAX vaccine amid claims of hype and manipulation
From The Guardian (July 1, 2003)
More AIDS Cases With Female Faces
In 2001, the most common way new AIDS patients in Philadelphia got HIV was through heterosexual sex. Women made up 30 percent of new AIDS cases that year, mirroring the nationwide picture
From The Philadelphia Inquirer (June 30, 2003)
HIV-Positive Women Have Increased Risk of Abnormal Cervical Cells; HAART No Benefit
More than a third of HIV-positive women in a large study developed squamous intraepithelial lesions, which can sometimes lead to cervical cancer
From aidsmap.com (June 24, 2003)
Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy Does Not Significantly Raise Cholesterol Levels, Study Says
Contrary to what many people theorized, HAART actually appears to bring cholesterol levels back to what they were before a person was infected with HIV
From Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report (June 11, 2003)
Recreational Drugs and HIV Antivirals: A Guide to Interactions for Clinicians (PDF)
But people on HIV treatment who use recreational drugs should take a look, too
From New York/New Jersey AIDS Education and Training Center (Fall 2002)