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August 7, 2002

With ADAP Money Short, Many Go Without Drugs

Across the United States, an estimated 1,200 people with AIDS who should be taking antiviral medication have instead been placed on waiting lists because state programs that buy AIDS drugs for the uninsured are going broke.

In Oregon, a $1.7 million funding shortfall means that, for the first time in a decade, some low-income Oregonians are waiting indefinitely for the help they need to pay for their medications.

Advocates recently tried to obtain an emergency supplemental appropriation of $82 million for ADAP a few weeks ago as part of an emergency funding bill focused mainly on defense and homeland security programs. Unfortunately, even though there was a lot of grassroots advocacy on this issue, the appropriation never even came up for a vote.

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The Body Launches New Visual AIDS Gallery

The August Visual AIDS Web Gallery is now live! View art by Keith Haring, Jorge Veras and other artists with HIV who have depicted New York City's vibrant club culture.

Online Guide to Managing Side Effects

Read the latest edition of ACRIA's convenient online handbook on managing the side effects of anti-HIV medications.

Fatigue Usually Not Caused by Anemia

Researchers in South Carolina have found that fatigue is common and appears early in the course of HIV disease. They also found that in more than 60 percent of fatigue cases, the problem could be traced to a person's quality of sleep or stress level.

Your Source for International AIDS Conference Coverage

Looking for the most comprehensive coverage of last month's International AIDS Conference? Look no further: Check out The Body's wide-ranging collection of articles and multimedia.

When Facial Wasting Gets Personal

"Well, I don't care about the spectacular achievement of the body to survive, if it's going to mean a well-rounded belly, a buffalo hump, or a face that belongs six feet under. That is my first, negative impulse when I look at myself in the mirror and see my face caving in." A personal view on lipoatropy, from Roberto Gonzalez in STEP Ezine.

In the World of AIDS, Rich=Life; Poor=Death

What Search for a Cure's David Scondras learned at the XIV International AIDS Conference.

U.S. Releases Global AIDS Statistics

The U.S. Census Bureau presented a detailed draft report on the AIDS pandemic at last month's International AIDS Conference. This PDF of their report contains charts, graphs and in-depth demographics outlining the impact of the disease on the developing world.

Thanks for the Price Freezes, Advocacy Group Says

Project Inform applauded recent announcements by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline that they will impose a two-year freeze on the price of HIV/AIDS drugs for all payers -- public and private. The two companies produce seven of the 18 approved anti-HIV medications on the market today, including Combivir, Trizivir and nelfinavir (Viracept).

Major Gathering for HIV-Positive Heterosexuals

The next Hetero Pos summit, an educational and social gathering for heterosexuals living with HIV, will take place August 16-18 in Atlanta. Click here for more information.

Latina Moms: Talk to Your Kids About Sex!

A study of Latina mothers and their adolescent children found that the more open the mother was about her sexual beliefs, values and experiences, the less likely her child was to be sexually active.

Denial May Cost Russia Countless Lives

While Russia's health officials are warning of an unchecked epidemic, the Kremlin allotted $3 million for antiretroviral treatments this year -- enough to treat roughly 500 of Russia's 201,000 registered HIV cases.

For Russian children like four-year-old Vanya, HIV infection means a death sentence -- not only because of a lack of money, but because of the fear and ignorance that remains pervasive in Russian society.

School Intervention Makes Students Smarter About Sex

Public-school students in a social development program waited longer before losing their virginity, reported higher rates of condom use and lower pregnancy rates than other students, a Seattle study reveals. The program included workshops that taught parents how to talk with their children about sex and drugs and to maintain an active role in their education.

Criticism of Thai AIDS Drug Plan

The maker of Remune, an HIV vaccine that was never approved in the U.S. due to its ineffectiveness in clinical trials, is now trying to gain approval for its use as an anti-HIV drug in Thailand. A notable group of treatment advocates, though, argues this is a greedy, underhanded and potentially catastrophic decision.

Global Tuberculosis Meeting Discusses Future

Tuberculosis researchers and policymakers from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C., at the Fourth World Tuberculosis Congress two months ago. Daniel Raymond of TAGline reports on the latest from this conference, where experts mapped out the next stages of the global campaign to stop TB.

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

Southern Africa: Mining Giant to Provide AIDS Drugs
Anglo American, which employs 44,000 Africans, says it will give its workers free antiretrovirals
From IRIN News, United Nations (August 6, 2002)

Working With "Boarder Babies"
In this sound file, doctors Elaine Abrams and Stephen Nicholas talk about their work treating infants born with HIV in Harlem during the 1980s
RealAudio report from National Public Radio (August 5, 2002)

Bush Administration Demands Stalling Distribution of Grants From Global AIDS Fund
The fund says U.S. pressure to create a new aid-delivery system is gumming up the works
From Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS News (August 5, 2002)

New Campaigns Needed to Halt HIV
Unless better prevention efforts are put in place, new HIV cases in the United Kingdom are expected to increase 40 percent by 2005
From BBC News (August 4, 2002)

Coalition Launches Grassroots Campaign to Urge Congress to Increase ADAP Funding
The AIDS Treatment Advocates Coalition is pushing for a $162 million increase
From Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS News (August 2, 2002)

Can Massive Prevention Efforts Avert 29 Million New Cases of HIV by 2010?
Projections recently published in The Lancet suggest they can
From Journal of the American Medical Association (July 17, 2002)

Indinavir Use Increases Likelihood of Urological Symptoms
An ATHENA cohort study analyzes the situations in which the risk becomes even greater
From Journal of the American Medical Association (July 8, 2002)

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