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July 31, 2002

The Need for New Approaches to HIV Treatment

Antiretrovirals are not the long-term solution to a pandemic that threatens to wreak havoc on large segments of the world's population. So the search has begun for different approaches to the treatment of HIV. L. Joel Martinez discusses the need for novel approaches for HIV therapy, in RITA!

Many Straight Men Hate Safe Sex

Nearly one in five heterosexual men ages 15 through 49 use no protection when they have intercourse according to a recent report. The report, released by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, provides an overview of some fundamental patterns in men's sexual and reproductive lives.

Wasting Treatment Taken Off the Market

The highly touted wasting treatment nandrolone (a.k.a. Deca Durabolin) was abruptly yanked from shelves several months ago, leaving an awful lot of people awfully upset. GMHC Treatment Issues' Bob Huff tells us more about why so many patients, physicians and advocates are fuming.

Latest Numbers on the HIV Pandemic

As of the end of 2001, an estimated 40 million people worldwide -- 37.2 million adults and 2.7 million children younger than 15 years -- were living with HIV/AIDS. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases provides a summary of the most recent HIV statistics.

A Mexican-American Survival Story

For Juan, an immigrant from Mexico, HIV entered his life the same way it does for so many: "I never talked about HIV with my partners and they did not talk to me about HIV either. We would comment about it, but I never thought it would happen to me." Read his story of infection, coping and disclosure, part of "Breaking the Silence," a series of essays written by HIV-positive Hispanic men and women.

Keeping Your Liver Happy

OK, so you've heard all the unsettling news about hepatitis C, hepatitis B and other liver problems in HIV-positive people. But if you don't have hepatitis, what can you actually do to make sure your liver stays healthy? ACRIA Update has pointers.

Physicians' Group Offers Free Barcelona Recaps

Free International AIDS Conference briefings for providers and patients will be held in five cities over the next couple of weeks, courtesy of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care.

What's in the Antiretroviral Pipeline

For the latest rundown of anti-HIV drugs in development, refer to this chart from Research Initiative/Treatment Action!

Making Sense of Our Immune System

"The workings of immunity are so complex and so difficult to observe in living persons that darkness still shrouds many crucial aspects of what goes wrong when HIV interacts with the human immune system." Bob Huff looks at how we know what we know about HIV and the immune system and why it matters, in GMHC's Treatment Issues.

Prison Rape Could Pose Danger for Public

Rape has become so common in U.S. federal and state prisons that it could have deadly consequences for the inmate population as well as the public at large.

The Facts: Sex Education Matters

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. has put together a great fact sheet outlining why comprehensive sexuality education is crucial to stopping HIV.

Can Abstinence-Only Ed Destroy the U.S.?

"Denying young people full and accurate information about sex, contraception, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases not only puts them at needless risk, but also threatens to undermine their trust and respect of some of society's most important institutions: its schools, health system, and government officials." The respected British medical journal, The Lancet, lashes out against President Bush's abstinence-only policy.

Why to Keep Speeding Up Drug Approvals

Should accelerated approval remain a part of HIV drug development indefinitely? Martin Delaney explains why it's still important.

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

Rip in the Quilt
The Bay Area's chapter of the Names Project reluctantly ends an era of activism
From San Francisco Chronicle (July 30, 2002)

The Church and HIV/AIDS
There's so much African churches can do to turn the tide against HIV -- but they're paralyzed, caught between the past and the present
From The Post (Lusaka, Africa) (July 29, 2002)

Dual vs. Single Protease Inhibitor Therapy Following Antiretroviral Treatment Failure
Adding a second PI to a failing regimen brings favorable results, according to a nationwide study
From Journal of the American Medical Association (July 10, 2002)

Pregnancy, Pediatric and Adolescent HIV
A multimedia presentation from Dr. Andrew Pavia at the conference, "The Medical Management of AIDS: A Comprehensive Review of HIV Management"
RealAudio lecture from HIV InSite/University of San Francisco (December 2001)

Fulbright Offers Awards for African AIDS Research
A description of, and instructions on how to apply for, these research grants
From Council for International Exchange of Scholars

A comprehensive database of organizations conducting HIV-related clinical research in the United States
From HIV InSite

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