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July 3, 2002

International AIDS Conference Coverage at The Body

One last reminder: be sure to visit The Body next week, when we will provide thorough coverage of the International AIDS Conference beginning in Barcelona this Sunday. We'll have our usual roster of outstanding HIV specialists, plus audio and video feeds straight from the speakers' podiums!

Honoring a Visionary HIV-Positive Artist

This month in the stunningly redesigned Visual AIDS Web Gallery: A tribute to Robert Flack, an inspiring gay artist from New York's East Village.

How Far HIV Has Come

In recounting the last 10 years of the AIDS epidemic, Gregg Gonsalves of AIDS Project Los Angeles talks about the disease's shift from the well-off to the poor, the decimation of a generation of activists, the murky future of anti-HIV drugs and the dubious promise of HIV vaccines.

Dangerous Situation in Far East

China is on the brink of an "explosive" AIDS epidemic and could have 10 million infected people by 2010, according to a study released by the United Nations.

To read the UN's report in PDF format, click here.

The Impact of HIV on Women and Families

Sociologist Carole Campbell talks about (and provides excerpts of) her recent book, Women, Families, and HIV/AIDS: A Sociological Perspective on the Epidemic in America.

Infected Numbers Skyrocket in Africa

Over 28 million Africans are living with HIV today, and in some countries over 30% of the adult population are infected. Read the latest data on the devastation in Africa, from UNAIDS.

HIV-Treatment Funding: The Battle Rages On

Jeff Graham of AIDS Survival Project in Atlanta describes the ongoing struggle for AIDS funds -- including the recent lifting of the ADAP waiting list in Georgia. Another success: Georgia is now among the first states in the U.S. to allow genotypic and phenotypic HIV resistance tests to be paid for through Medicaid.

Hispanic and Living With HIV

"If you are Latino and you found out you are HIV positive, it does not matter when it happened, even if it's a few hours back. Don't just stand there thinking that life is over." An anonymous man talks about how to live with an HIV diagnosis in "Breaking the Silence," an incredible set of essays written by HIV-positive Hispanic men and women.

Fish, Flax and Garlic: Fat Fighters?

Trying to figure out a natural way to reduce triglyceride and cholesterol levels? STEP Ezine reviews the pros and cons of flaxseed, fish oils and garlic supplements.

Picture Not Entirely Rosy for New Inhibitor

The experimental AIDS drug T-20, which researchers hope will benefit people whose HIV infections have become resistant to other medications, may itself sometimes cause HIV resistance to develop, suggests a new study.

Tuberculosis Not Always Easy to See

Delayed diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis is common in HIV patients, researchers in Italy warn. Spotting TB in HIV patients can often be especially tricky, which may lead to delayed treatment and a greater risk of severe illness or death.

Criticism of WHO Treatment Guidelines

Treatment advocate Mark Harrington's critical comments on the World Health Organization's treatment guidelines have earned him kudos from the developing world. Among them is this letter from a prominent human rights advocate in Costa Rica.

In Iran, HIV Spreading Among Drug Users

Iran has more than one million intravenous drug users, 12 percent (120,000) of whom are likely to be infected with HIV.

A Different Kind of Cycling Treatment

Meet the Positive Pedalers, a close-knit group of HIV-positive cyclists who ride for life -- not only their own, but those of others with HIV as well.

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

AIDS: Worst Yet to Come
According to the United Nations' latest estimates, HIV could kill 70 million over the next 20 years.
From MSNBC (July 2, 2002)

AIDS Foundation Sues Glaxo
The U.S.'s largest AIDS organization says GlaxoSmithKline flouted antitrust laws by price gouging its anti-HIV medications.
From BBC News (July 1, 2002)

UN Publicly Chastises China for Inaction on HIV Epidemic
In a strongly worded statement, the United Nations says China is "on the verge of a catastrophe."
From The New York Times (June 27, 2002; free registration required)

Federal HIV/AIDS Spending: A Budget Chartbook 2001
The most recent data on U.S. federal funding for HIV/AIDS.
From Kaiser Family Foundation (June 2002)

Microbicides 2002: Conference Abstracts and Presentations
A wide range of materials on this major STD-prevention conference, held in May.

The Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking
A new Web site showcasing approaches to the fight against HIV/AIDS in the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa.

HIV Vaccines in Canada: Legal and Ethical Issues
An overview paper and accompanying series of info sheets.
From Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

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