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August 16, 2001

Surprising Resistance

An Eagle Scout of a pill taker ends up with resistance to two out of three drug classes. If David Barr can't make this treatment paradigm work, then we are all doomed. The reputation for ritonavir -- in the lopinavir/r and 3TC-resistant mutants -- to be uniquely T-cell friendly will be brutally tested now. And tenofovir will finally get its day in the sun. David tells it all: lock, stock and two smoking barrels.

DHEA and Depression Clinical Study

"DHEA may extend treatment options for groups within the HIV population for whom standard antidepressants or testosterone may be unsuitable or unacceptable. It may be a particularly suitable treatment for HIV-positive people because of the association between lower levels of DHEA and HIV illness progression and lipodystrophy." Dr. Judith Rabkin writes about a current study on DHEA now enrolling in New York City.

Prevention and Women of Color

"Addressing the HIV prevention needs of women of color in a sustained, targeted fashion is long overdue, given HIV infection data and trends that highlight the disproportionate burden of infection found among women of color." AIDS Action looks at what works in HIV prevention for women of color.

B Cell Alterations

In a recently released study researchers have identified specific alterations that occur in B cells when HIV levels are high -- changes that disappear when patients are treated with antiretroviral drugs. The study is the first to define a unique subset of B cells in people infected with HIV.

Global Treatment Access

"Now it is no longer OK to let tens of millions of people die without treatment when treatment is available." John James writes about changes in perception about global treatment access, in AIDS Treatment News.

Complementary Medications

Interested in complementary or holistic supplements? Check out The Body's extensive section!

Ginseng and Pesticides

Do you use ginseng supplements? A surprising amount of pesticides have been discovered in many ginseng supplements in the U.S. Read the details from CATIE News.

The Importance of Strength Training

A major fitness goal for most HIV-positive individuals should be to improve muscle mass and prevent further de-conditioning while maintaining the highest possible degree of immune function. Sean P. Crawford writes about strength training, combating side effects, and promoting positive change, in Body Positive.

AIDS at Twenty NYC Exhibit

Pictures from an exhibition . . . twenty years of AIDS. A visit to the Museum of the City of New York's exhibit "Gay Men's Health Crisis: 20 Years Fighting for People with HIV/AIDS."

August Visual AIDS Web Gallery

View August's Visual AIDS Web Gallery at The Body!

Interleukin-2 Facts

There has been lots of exciting news about interleukin-2 (IL-2) from recent conferences. Project Inform reviews some of IL-2's pluses and minuses.

Fraudulent HIV Tests on the Internet

There is only one HIV test currently approved for home use by the FDA, yet there seems to be many fraudulently marked tests on sale on the Internet. Check out this report on some of the test kits advertised on the Internet that are completely fraudulent!

Traveling Overseas and Getting Ill

Traveling overseas? Worried about what happens if you get sick while traveling? Check out this information from the Department of State.

Women with HIV in Prison

The complicated lives of women living with HIV in prison: incest survivors, dealing with eating disorders and a host of other life challenges. An open letter from a prison doctor, from Positively Aware.

Negotiating Sexual Safety

Negotiating sexual issues for someone positive or negative is always difficult. Keith Waltrip, director of programs for Chicago's Test Positive Aware Network offers some guidelines.

Pharmacology: New Key to Reducing Side Effects

There's a strong likelihood that advances in the field of pharmacology can result in greatly improving patient management by optimizing anti-HIV drugs as well as reducing the risk of side effects.

Just Diagnosed?

Browse through The Body's great introduction to HIV medications, and treatment options.

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

Human AIDS Vaccine Trials Due in March 2002
From the UN Integrated Regional Information Network (August 14, 2001)

Infidelity Is Deadly in Era of AIDS
Increasing number of wives get HIV from bisexual men
From Akron Beacon Journal (August 13, 2001)

Latest US Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents (PDF file)
(Updated August 13, 2001)

A Warrior in the AIDS Fight Never Rests: Profile of Anthony Fauci
From CNN (August 2001)

Nelfinavir, Efavirenz, or Both After the Failure of Nucleoside Treatment of HIV Infection
From The New England Journal of Medicine (August 9, 2001)

Latest US Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Pediatric HIV Infection (PDF file)
(Updated August 8, 2001)

Women Now Look Beyond HIV to Children and Grandchildren
From The New York Times (August 8, 2001) (Free registration required to read article)

  
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