Number of Gay Men With HIV Sharply Increases in U.S.; Number of Americans With AIDS Increases, but Deaths Decline
The number of men who have sex with men (MSM) in the U.S. who were
newly diagnosed with HIV rose by 7.1 percent from 2001 to 2002,
according to new government statistics. New AIDS diagnoses in the
U.S. increased by 2.2 percent, although there is some good news:
AIDS-related deaths are down by 5.9 percent.
Winning the Mental Battle Against HIV
"Keeping a positive attitude is not an easy thing. And for most of
us it's not something easily achieved on a daily basis. But it helps
to have a positive outlook as your overall goal. Some days you meet
that goal, some days not. But knowing in the back of your mind that
moving forward is your overall game plan can help you get through
some of the rough times." HIV-positive for 12 years, Seth Engber is
certified in guided imagery and hypnosis therapy, and promotes the
benefits of these techniques for stress reduction and self-care
awareness to people living with AIDS.
Controversy Brews as Doctors Are Urged to Mix HIV Prevention With HIV Care
Reducing transmission of HIV in the United States requires new
strategies, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). New
recommendations released by the CDC and other medical agencies call
for healthcare providers to counsel people with HIV on how they can
avoid infecting others. Click here for detailed information on this
Many AIDS advocates are unhappy about the CDC's new prevention
guidelines. They warn that the new rules could divert money from
existing prevention programs that are aimed at people with a high
risk of becoming infected with HIV.
Warning Issued on 3TC/Abacavir/Tenofovir Combo
People starting or switching drug regimens should not use the
three-drug regimen 3TC (lamivudine, Epivir), abacavir (Ziagen)
and tenofovir (Viread), according to the early results of an
Facial Wasting Update: Causes Are Murky, but Treatments Are in the Works
Although the cause of facial wasting in people with HIV remains
a matter of debate, there's no question that it happens, and that
it's emotionally devastating, says Dr. Robert Frascino. In this
summary of recent research findings, he discusses potential
treatments for facial wasting and how doctors are getting better
at diagnosing and monitoring the condition.
HIV Affects Everybody in Africa, Whether Positive or Negative
"Sixty million Africans have been touched by AIDS in the most
immediate way. They are either living with HIV, have died of AIDS
or they have lost their parents to AIDS. But the toll of those
directly affected is even higher," says Dr. Peter Piot, Executive
Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
Hanging In: Fourteen Years of HIV Meds
Sue Gibson has been on HIV meds since 1989, when AZT was the only
drug available. Since then she's tried many regimens -- and endured
high pull burdens and many side effects. But she hung in there:
Sue's now on her simplest regimen yet, and is experiencing none of
the side effects her earlier regimens caused.
One in Five Pregnant U.S. Women Aren't Tested for HIV
More than 20 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. have never been
tested for HIV, despite CDC recommendations released in 1995 calling
for all pregnant women to be tested for the virus.
Could "Fat Redistribution" Be a Misnomer?
Timothy Wilkin, M.D., reports on the latest results of the FRAM study,
a major analysis of lipodystrophy in people with HIV. "Probably the
most controversial finding of the FRAM study is the lack of an
association between lipoatrophy and central fat gain," he says --
meaning that so-called "fat redistribution" might not be a
redistribution at all.
The Risks of Crystal Meth and HIV: It's Just Common Sense
"Regardless of what scientific studies show about the higher
replication of HIV while using drugs, if using said drug is making
you have more sex with more partners, you can't help but pick up
more strains of HIV and STDs." Carlos A. Perez writes about his
experience with crystal meth (methamphetamine).
How ADAP Waiting Lists Get Started
Why do at least nine states in the U.S. now have a waiting list for
access to antiretrovirals? Pharmacist Glen Pietrandoni discusses
some of the reasons.
An HIV Vaccine for People With HIV?
Any strategy that can reduce a patient's time on HAART and save him
or her money will lead to more people having access to these
life-saving medications. One strategy still being researched is the
use of "therapeutic vaccines," which can potentially help the body
fight off HIV after a person has already been infected. Timothy
Wilkin, M.D., provides an update.
Strengthen Your Organization Via the Web
The Internet has revolutionized the way AIDS fundraising works --
and if your organization is looking for more money, the Web can be
the perfect way to get it. AIDS treatment advocate John S. James
recaps a recent conference on using technology to organize, raise
funds and help others.
A Selection of the Top HIV/AIDS Stories From Across the Internet:
Questions to and Answers From the International AIDS Society-USA
Resistance Testing Guidelines Panel
A PDF containing 20 questions about drug resistance addressed by
top medical experts
From Topics in HIV Medicine (July-August 2003) (PDF)
New HIV Test Able to Track When Person Was Infected
Florida will launch a new HIV monitoring system this fall which
uses a more sophisticated blood test that could help lead to more
effective treatment of people with HIV
From Miami Herald (July 27, 2003)
Bacterial STIs More Common in HIV-Positive Gay Men Since HAART
An increasing number of sexually transmitted diseases among British
gay men with HIV -- and the finding that most of these men also had
detectable HIV viral loads -- raises concerns about the possible
transmission of drug-resistant HIV
From aidsmap.com (July 24, 2003)
Pos-Pos Sex: What You Need to Know
Dispensing with those condoms is your decision -- but there are
health issues you should think about first. HIV specialist Dr.
Stephen Taylor talks about the risks of rubberless sex between
From Positive Nation (February 2002)