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August 28, 2003

Treatment Holidays Can Hurt HIVers With Multi-Drug Failure

Prescribed interruptions in antiretroviral therapy -- so-called "drug holidays" -- are not only ineffective in people for whom many previous drug regimens have failed: They may even make HIV worse for those people, U.S. researchers have announced. For the details of this study, click here.

Get to Know Your HIV Lab Tests

Living with HIV and still not sure what normal lab values are for liver enzymes or cholesterol levels? Wondering why your viral load seems to change every three months? Check out this comprehensive article from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Coming Soon! The Body Covers ICAAC 2003

Look forward to next-day coverage of the 43rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), September 14-17 in Chicago. As usual, we will feature coverage from The Body's outstanding team of HIV specialists.

Resources for Mixed-Status Couples

Are you an HIV-negative woman married to a positive man? Are you thinking of having a baby? Click here for some useful advice.

Looking for words of wisdom on some of the issues common in relationships between HIV-negative and HIV-positive people? Ask our expert, Dr. Robert Remien!

The Body also has a rich library of articles on mixed-status (also known as "serodiscordant") relationships for you to browse through.

Research Review on Women and HAART

Women sometimes respond differently to HIV medications -- and experience different side effects -- than men do, but few studies have been done to figure out just how big the gender gap may be. Prominent AIDS researcher Dr. Kathleen Squires spoke at a medical conference earlier this year on the topic; click here for a summary.

Are Scare Tactics the Best Way to Prevent HIV?

"HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns should avoid depicting the disease as 'so manageable' that young gay men begin to think that contracting HIV 'doesn't matter' and instead show that living with the disease and the side effects of antiretroviral drug treatment is a 'living hell,'" writes noted gay author Michelangelo Signorile in a recent column. His words have stirred controversy within the gay community and among HIV-prevention advocates.

U.S. Pulls Funding of AIDS Group in Asia/Africa; Many Up in Arms

The U.S. State Department has yanked funding for an HIV/AIDS program for African and Asian refugees because of concerns that one of the seven groups that runs the program supports forced abortions and involuntary sterilization in China. The department admits it has no evidence to prove that the group is actually involved in such actions, which has many AIDS and refugee groups accusing the U.S. government of bowing to politics at the expense of people's lives.

Web Highlights

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

Iron Injection "Reveals Viruses"
Harvard researchers are hopeful the technique will help doctors spot HIV "reservoirs," latent pools of HIV that standard HIV treatment is unable to eliminate
From BBC News (August 20, 2003)

It Takes 2: Partnering With Men in Sexual and Reproductive Health (PDF)
Stopping the global spread of HIV won't be possible unless men can be persuaded to support their female partners' needs, choices and rights in sexual and reproductive health, this report says
From United Nations Population Fund (August 2003)

Ravaging the Vulnerable: Abuses Against Persons at High Risk of HIV Infection in Bangladesh
The government's horrid treatment of sex workers, drug users and men who have sex with men puts Bangladesh at high risk for an explosion in AIDS cases, this report says
From Human Rights Watch (August 2003)

A Plague's Bottom Line
A graphical display of the huge economic impact AIDS has had -- and will have -- on the economies of developing nations
From Foreign Policy (July/August 2003)

Abandon Trizivir When It's Working Well? A Rebuttal
Dr. Emily J. Erbelding says: Don't fix what ain't broke
From The Hopkins HIV Report (July 2003)

HIV and Solid Organ Transplantation
An overview and analysis of transplant research to date
From The Hopkins HIV Report (July 2003)

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