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July 24, 2002

Connecting the Dots: What Can We Take Home From Barcelona

The XIV International AIDS Conference in Barcelona had more than 10,000 presentations, but we could cover only a fraction. So we asked our reporters and one of our physicians on the scene, Dr. Pablo Tebas, to provide an overview of the week's major developments.

Visit The Body's AIDS 2002 page for detailed coverage on research presented in Barcelona, audio and video highlights of major events and speeches, and links to other reputable sources of information on the International AIDS Conference.

Sacrificing Mom to Save the Baby

We know that potent antiretroviral therapy will reduce the risk of transmission from an HIV-positive woman to her baby. But is it ethical for researchers to give therapy to the mother during labor and then stop treatment after the baby is born? Dr. Judith Aberg looks at one study which does just that.

Hep C Treatment: Not a Walk in the Park

Though peginterferon alfa controlled his hepatitis C coinfection, Jeff Gustavson couldn't handle the side effects: fatigue, irritability, depression. Was stopping treatment the right decision? Jeff discusses this in the latest issue of ACRIA Update.

If you need a primer on HIV/hepatitis C coinfection, ACRIA Update's got it -- a review of what HCV is, how it's diagnosed, and how it can be treated.

Stuck on an ADAP Waiting List?

Don't lose hope! AIDS Treatment News offers a list of tips for people who can't get treatment because of ADAP funding problems.

New Expert in The Body's "Starting Treatment" Forum

Got questions on when to start treatment and with which drugs? Dr. David Wohl, an accomplished infectious-disease specialist who has won three awards in the past two years for his HIV-related research, has joined this "Ask the Experts" forum. Visit the forum now and ask him your questions!

Estimates of Bone Disorder Jump

Around 4 percent of HIV-positive patients may unknowingly have osteonecrosis, a potentially painful and debilitating bone disorder, suggests new research.

HIV-Positive Latina Heroine Passes

"It broke our hearts to lose her
But she did not go alone.
For part of us went with her
The day God called her home."
Nancy MacNeil shares her thoughts on the life of Doña Santa, a Mexican-American woman who had HIV and recently died. Santa valiantly fought for the rights of HIV-positive women of color.

Top Microbicide Advocates Meet

Anna Forbes reports on the Advocacy Panel of the Microbicides 2002 conference in Antwerp, which met this past May.

Could Vitamin C Help Fight Neuropathy?

Some possible good news for those suffering from neuropathy and other neurological problems! Researchers think there's a chance that vitamin C, when added to drugs used to treat neurological disorders, makes those drugs much more effective.

Where Heroin Goes, HIV Will Follow

From the jungles of Southeast Asia to the streets of Eastern Europe, HIV is riding on the back of a global heroin epidemic. The highest increases in the HIV infection rate are in the former Soviet Union.

Analyzing the "Rhetoric of Inaction"

Who is going to stop the inexorable spread of HIV across the globe? Gregg Gonsalves refutes the multitude of arguments for inaction. "We have to confront the charges of futility, perversity and jeopardy that our activism engenders," he urges, "and address these issues head-on."

The "Most Popular" Cause of Diarrhea

Not all diarrhea is alike: one particular diarrhea-causing bacteria, Campylobacter jejuni, can be found in raw meats, unpasteurized milk, and even in household pets. It's the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S., notes Women Alive.

Female Leaders Take Initiative in Africa

The wives of the leaders of African nations said Thursday that a new organization they have helped create will boost continent-wide cooperation in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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

U.K. Health Service Recruits May Have to Take HIV Test
Britain's National Health Service gets jittery after one city's health authority unexpectedly diagnoses 10 of its nurses
From The Guardian (July 22, 2002)

Antiretroviral Treatment for Adult HIV Infection in 2002
Updated recommendations of the International AIDS Society-USA Panel
From Journal of the American Medical Association (July 10, 2002)

JAMA HIV/AIDS Library: 2002 HIV Theme Articles
A full archive of the journal's July 10 issue, which focused entirely on HIV
From Journal of the American Medical Association (July 10, 2002)

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV
An overview of the latest research available
From The Hopkins HIV Report (July 2002)

Substance Abuse and HIV
A review of the role of substance abuse in HIV transmission, as well as a guide to substance-abuse diagnosis and treatment
From The Hopkins HIV Report (July 2002)

Focus on Female Condom: Research, Programs and Policy
A collection of resources provided by Family Health International

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