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August 14, 2002

Many Youths Don't Realize Their Danger

Thirty-nine percent of surveyed youths nationwide said they had no idea that more than half of new HIV infections each year occur in people under 25. Read more disturbing facts from the Kaiser Family Foundation's large national study of youth knowledge on sexual health.

Testing for Resistance Should Precede Treatment

Researchers concluded that the proportion of new HIV infections that involve drug-resistant virus is increasing in North America. Testing for resistance to drugs before therapy begins, they write, is now indicated even for recently infected patients.

Read the abstract of this study at The New England Journal of Medicine's Web site.

How to Keep Your Brain Motoring

Memory loss and concentration problems are two common symptoms of HIV infection -- and of the use of anti-HIV drugs as well. With some subtle changes in your diet and some regular brain exercise, though, you can keep your mind in the best shape possible. AIDS Survival Project has more.

If You Don't Disclose Your Status, Should You Go to Jail? Two Differing Opinions

"If you aren't willing to disclose that you're positive to potential sexual partners, or you bareback someone because they trusted you and conveniently failed to ask your status, then you're nothing more than a sexual terrorist and I hope you get caught, confronted, fined ridiculous sums of money, jailed, chemically or surgically castrated, released back into society but forced to register as a sex offender wherever you live." The always-provocative David Salyer writes about people who infect others.

Don't criminalize HIV, the United Nations warns. Public health laws -- not criminal laws -- should be used to deal with HIV-positive people who have engaged in high-risk activities with others who are unaware.

Don't Take Viracept on an Empty Stomach!

David Scondras of the treatment advocacy organization, Search for a Cure, writes why it's important to eat when taking Viracept.

South Africa Threatens to Ban Nevirapine

South African AIDS activists threatened on Wednesday to sue the body that regulates medicines if it withdraws its approval of nevirapine for use in stopping HIV's spread from pregnant women to their babies.

African Children Increasingly Orphaned by AIDS

Last year, 34 million children in sub-Saharan Africa were orphans -- with fully one-third of them orphaned because of HIV. The United Nations summarizes "Children on the Brink," a report on the increasingly dire AIDS crisis facing the world's youth.

Women Facing HIV With Strength

"While HIV magnifies the problems women face, it can also magnify people's hearts, their inner strength, their solidarity, and their compassion." The resilient Rebecca Denison talks about the crises women just diagnosed with HIV often face, and how those women rise to overcome them.

Interleukin-2, Where Are You?

Will Interleukin-2 and other immune-based approaches to HIV treatment ever be approved by the U.S. government? Research Initiative/Treatment Action! takes a closer look at the obstacles keeping immune-based therapies from hitting the mainstream.

How Much Do Immune-System Tests Really Help?

Although immune tests -- CD4+ counts, for example -- have helped researchers better understand how HIV works, how much real value do they have in answering today's newer questions about how HIV infection can be treated? Daniel Raymond offers a clinical analysis in GMHC Treatment Issues.

New Health Zine for Pre-Teens

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched BAM! (Body and Mind), a new online health magazine for 9- to 13-year-olds and their teachers.

South Africa: Major Diamond Producer Will Treat Employees

The diamond giant De Beers announced today it would heavily subsidize the cost of AIDS medicines for its employees in South Africa.

Testing 101: Approved HIV, Hepatitis Tests

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently updated its list of FDA-licensed/approved tests for HIV and hepatitis. To see the latest rundown, click here.

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

New Tactic to Prevent AIDS Spread
AIDS educators have begun to focus on educating HIV-positive people about safe sex
From The New York Times (free registration required) (August 13, 2002)

The Future of HIV Drugs
Side effects and barriers to drug access in developing countries cast a shadow over hopes for widespread treatment
From BBC News (August 12, 2002)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control Questions Gay HIV Outreach
The agency's new director will investigate a San Francisco AIDS agency reportedly engaging in HIV prevention that -- gasp! -- doesn't shun sexual activity
From The Washington Blade (August 9, 2002)

  
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