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July 2, 2003

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 guest curator.

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 infected.

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 San Francisco.

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!

Web Highlights

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 (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 (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)

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