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August 28, 2002

When Is it Time for a Break From Meds?

There has been a lot of interest in what some people call "drug holidays" -- that is, stopping anti-HIV medications for limited periods of time. Since there is no clear answer as to whether this is beneficial or even safe, Richard Jefferys of Treatment Action Group presented an overview of some of the most recent important studies.

The Body to Cover Next Month's Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC)

ICAAC -- an annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology -- is the most significant yearly international conference on antimicrobial agents and infectious diseases. Throughout the conference, The Body will provide next-day coverage of individual presentations and broad overviews of some of the hottest topics in HIV research. Be sure to bookmark this page, which will be updated several times each day with conference highlights and coverage that is both searchable and browseable by day, topic and author!

Why Gay San Francisco Is Nearing Another AIDS Crisis

"San Francisco's gay population is living on the edge -- condoms are passé, mutant strains of HIV resistant to many of the newest drugs are turning up in larger numbers of newly infected gay men in San Francisco." David Salyer writes about his recent stay in the Bay Area.

Thoughts on Barcelona From Canadian Activists

Canadian advocates, activists, people with HIV and community workers offer their impressions of the XIV International AIDS Conference.

Want to Attend an AIDS Conference?

The next major HIV/AIDS conference is the United States Conference on AIDS, coming up on September 19 in Anaheim, California. To browse through the coming year's conferences, visit our online directory.

The Downside of a New Drug for Rescue Treatment

T-20 is a new drug expected to soon be approved for people with strains of HIV that are resistant to existing treatments. The drug's complex manufacturing process, however, is expected to cause high prices and limited quantities.

HIV patients who began a study with very low medication adherence made some improvements after several months of being prompted by an Internet-based paging system.

Most HIV+ People Use Alternative Treatments

Two-thirds of HIV-positive patients are now using therapies such as herbals, botanicals or other alternative remedies, according to findings presented by Dr. Mark Vosnick at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Chicago.

A Latina Mother Faces the Truth

"I have a son who I just told a year ago. For a long time I hid from him when taking my medication. ... It just got to a point that I couldn't handle hiding it from him anymore." Paulina, an HIV-positive widow and mother of two, talks about breaking the news to her children in "Breaking the Silence," a collection of essays by HIV-positive Hispanic men and women.

In Africa, Corporations Make a Difference

Though the tug of war between prevention advocates and treatment advocates has paralyzed many governments, organizations and corporations, several companies -- among them Heineken -- have decided to bypass the arguments and offer free meds to all East African employees and their families.

Teens' Risky Behavior: Society's Fault?

A group of minority adolescents in Washington, D.C. reported extremely high rates of sexual activity (36 percent of African-American female participants said they'd had sex by the time they were 13), and said they were disappointed in their parents', caregivers' and schools' efforts to teach them about sex.

How to Run a Global AIDS Organization

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation interviews the CEO of Pangaea, a new organization SFAF created late last year to combat HIV/AIDS throughout the world.

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

Pan-African HIV/AIDS Treatment Access Movement: Declaration of Action
Activists and organizations from 21 African nations demand action from the continent's leaders
From Pan-African HIV/AIDS Treatment Access Movement (August 27, 2002)

Mandela Breaks Taboo on AIDS
The South African ex-President becomes the first member of his party, the African National Congress, to say publicly that he's lost his family to the virus
From The Guardian (London) (August 26, 2002)

AIDS Scourge in Rural China Leaves Villages of Orphans
Entire families are being wiped out as a result of astonishingly unsafe blood-transfusion practices in the '90s
From The New York Times (free registration required) (August 25, 2002)

AIDS: Censoring the Prevention Message
A downbeat review of the latest South African TV programs to delve into the dicey world of HIV education
From British Medical Journal (August 24, 2002)

The Gospel of Jesus Christ Offers to the World Life in All Its Fullness
A former Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa asserts why it's wrong for people of faith to stigmatize people living with HIV
From (August 2002)

AIDS 2002 Conference Coverage Report: Track D -- Prevention Sciences
An online slide presentation outlining the major prevention-related revelations from Barcelona
From HIV InSite (July 11, 2002)

Risk Factors for Urological Symptoms in a Cohort of Users of the HIV Protease Inhibitor Indinavir Sulfate
An ATHENA cohort study found that the use of indinavir significantly increases a person's risk of developing problems like kidney stones -- especially if they are underweight or live in warm areas
From Archives of Internal Medicine (July 8, 2002)

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