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July 9, 2001

The 1st International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment

The Body is pleased to be covering The 1st International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment now going on in Buenos Aires. Look forward to next-day coverage of this important conference.

First Report Now In!

"David Ho focused on the potency question. We do need more potent regimens that completely suppress viral replication. However, potency is not the only important issue -- nowadays, toxicity is also very important. Even if we can use the more potent regimen, if it is associated with significant toxicity we will not be able to use it for prolonged periods of time in a significant proportion of patients." Pablo Tebas, M.D., covers the first day at the International AIDS Conference in Buenos Aires.

Advertising Issues

"'I'm itchy. Do I have MTV?' What's going on here? Hmmmm, could it be a very creative and well-executed spoof of HIV awareness and prevention messages? What's in the subtext there? What's in the subtext of the viatical ad featuring that guy with the ripples and nipples? HIV is not a threat. It has a sense of humor. And it's a good lay." The ever-amusing Jim Pickett takes a crack at recent advertising messages, in Positively Aware.

Setting Goals

Glenn R. Preston has been HIV-positive since 1985. He is not only a registered dietician, but he combines fitness and nutrition with personal training for people with HIV and other chronic medical conditions. He writes this month in Body Positive about the importance of goal setting as a way to take a more active role in HIV treatment.

Food Safety

Summer is here and the living is easy. However, for people living with HIV, eating safely can be a problem when picnics and grilling is the norm. Click here for some great advice on how to avoid food poisoning this summer, from Body Positive.

Outreach Problems

Protests force the removal of HIV prevention bus shelter ads from New York's Bronx community. Read more by clicking here.

The Problem of Women with HIV

It seems providing care and services for HIV-positive women, or women at risk, is not easy. The complaint is that women don't take care of themselves. They don't show up for appointments. They aren't compliant with medications. They run themselves ragged taking care of the family and the house and they still aren't very good at that "consistent condom use" thing! These "challenges," we're told, have a lot to do with women's low sense of self-worth and assertiveness in taking control of their lives. Laura Jones responds to some these complaints and offers some solutions in this month's Positively Aware.

HIV and Incarcerated Women

It's no wonder that many HIV-positive inmates don't seek treatment, or that many inmates who don't know their HIV status refuse to get tested. But as dangerous as it may seem for women to speak out about HIV-related issues, the perils of remaining silent must also be considered. Kelly Safreed Harmon takes a look at HIV and incarcerated women, in Positively Aware.

To Tell or Not to Tell

Thinking of telling others you're HIV positive? WISE Words examines the pros and cons, as well as the who and the how you should tell.

CDC Fellowship

The CDC Foundation's Price Fellowship program allows representatives from three non-governmental, community-based organizations anywhere in the U.S. to spend a month at the CDC in Atlanta. Find out more from this article in AIDS Survival News.

Satcher Speaks Out

"We face a serious public health challenge regarding the sexual health of our nation," Surgeon General David Satcher said. "Doing nothing is unacceptable. If we are to meet this challenge, we must find common ground and reach consensus on the nature of these problems and their possible solutions, consistent with the best available science."

What is Covered in Your Health Insurance?

Confused about what is and is not covered in your health insurance? Community pharmacist Glen Pietrandoni, R.Ph. explains prescription drug benefits and insurance coverage, in Positively Aware.

Advocating in Washington

"I wait, watch and worry . . . wondering when my government will exhibit an act of courage and fully fund research, prevention, treatment, minority AIDS issues, housing for people with AIDS and global AIDS initiatives. I think if the United States does not step forward as a global leader in response to this pandemic there will come a time in the future when the world looks back and wonders why everything possible wasn't done to stop this holocaust!" Gerry Hoyt movingly writes about going to Washington and advocating for AIDS care in Georgia.

The Impact of AIDS on Young People

AmfAR looks at the impact of HIV/AIDS on young people. Read some questions and answers. And a round-up of some statistics.

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

The AIDS drug Ziagen has brought healthy windfalls to the University of Minnesota and GlaxoSmithKline. But it isn't doing anything at all for the millions who are dying of the disease in Africa.
From Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages (July 4, 2001)

Using Multiple Drugs in Combination Helps Patients with Advanced AIDS
From the Annals of Internal Medicine (July 3, 2001)

Susan Dentzer Reports on the Latest Efforts to Create a Vaccine Against AIDS.
From the PBS MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour (June 27, 2001)

London's Terrence Higgins Trust Takes An In-Depth Look at Oral Sex

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