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July 9, 2003

Next Week: Extensive Coverage of 2003's Biggest International AIDS Conference!

Look forward to The Body's outstanding coverage of the 2nd International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment, which begins early next week. This major conference will feature the latest research on treatment strategies, medication side effects and HIV therapies in development.

A Treatment Holiday Backfires

Against the advice of her doctor, Nancy Soto stopped her meds. The next month, she says, "I was in my doctor's office again, a mere shell of the person I was before my holiday. All the literature I had read hadn't prepared me for the reality of the decision." In this article she talks about how even an informed HIVer can make a bad treatment decision.

Say No to Nausea! Fight the Fatigue! Defend Against Diarrhea!

Nausea, fatigue and diarrhea are the most common side effects of HIV medications. If you are experiencing any of these, click here for some tips on dealing with them.

If you're experiencing these or any other medication side effects, visit The Body's huge collection of articles to learn more!

South Africans Have No Problem Adhering to Meds

Researchers have found that even in poorer regions of the world like South Africa, HIV-positive people adhere to their meds just as well as -- if not better than -- HIV-positive people in the U.S. and other developed countries.

Meet and Greet at The Body's Bulletin Boards

Brandon is one of the many HIVers who frequent The Body's Bulletin Boards. "I no longer worry about when I have to start taking medications and facial wasting and body wasting," he said in a recent post, "because my friends will still be there for me no matter what." Talk to Brandon and others at our BBS!

A Gay Man in the Heartland

"Sprinkle some G-A-Y into the rural/HIV batter and most sophisticated city sissies imagine a Deliverance-style purgatory of lunatic yokels from the hills who’ve never heard of Six Feet Under but want us there all the same. ..." Read Jim Pickett's insightful article about what it's like to be a gay HIV-positive man in rural America.

Help Is Always a Free Phone Call Away

HIV positive and looking for support or information? Body Positive's free national helpline can lend a hand.

Can Switching Treatment Trigger Kaposi's Sarcoma?

French doctors suggest that switching HIV therapy may cause Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) to relapse. In a small study, doctors reported that five people with HIV who switched from a protease inhibitor-based regimen to a regimen based on NNRTIs such as efavirenz (Sustiva) or nevirapine (Viramune) had KS relapses.

Caribbean Hard-Hit by HIV/AIDS

AIDS is the leading cause of death in several Caribbean countries, including Haiti and the Bahamas, UNAIDS says, and it's the single greatest cause of death for Caribbean people ages 15-44. More than half a million people throughout the islands are infected.

Tuberculosis: Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment

How do you know whether you have tuberculosis -- and, if you do, what treatments are available? This detailed fact sheet from Project Inform has all the answers.

d4T 101: What's This Drug All About?

Is d4T (stavudine, Zerit) part of your HAART regimen? Learn more about it in this fact sheet from The Center for AIDS.

There's plenty more where this information came from: Visit The Body's collection of articles on d4T for basic facts, news and research.

Get the Lowdown on Starting HAART

Thinking of starting treatment? Browse through The Body's collection of articles about when to start and what to start with!

Web Highlights

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

Congress Set to Slash Africa Aid
While George W. Bush heads to Africa touting his $15 billion global AIDS plan, legislators back home are preparing to scale down the amount of money Africa and the Caribbean will actually see
From BBC News Online (July 8, 2003)

Raising Awareness About AIDS and the Aging
Concern grows that current statistics underplay the growing problem of HIV infection in Americans over 50
From The New York Times (July 8, 2003)

Bush's "Surreal" Choice for AIDS Czar
Many AIDS activists are concerned -- even outraged -- over the selection of a former Eli Lilly CEO to coordinate the U.S.'s global AIDS efforts
From Inter Press Service (July 4, 2003)

Sexual Transmission of Typhoid Fever: A Multistate Outbreak Among Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)
HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases aren't the only illnesses MSM can catch through unsafe sex
From Clinical Infectious Diseases (July 1, 2003)

HAART Positively Affects Survival of AIDS-Related Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
Seventy-one percent of HIVers with NHL who received HAART as well as chemotherapy achieved complete remission, compared to 48 percent of HIVers with NHL who did not receive both treatments
From (June 30, 2003)

Understanding Treatment-Resistant HIV
A detailed clinical report on how best to deal with treatment-resistant HIV, from a recent meeting of the Physicians' Research Network
From The PRN Notebook (June 2003)

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