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August 29, 2001
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The Latest on Therapeutic Drug MonitoringTherapeutic drug monitoring is likely to provide another useful piece of information -- along with CD4+ cell counts, viral load and resistance testing -- to help assess the effectiveness of anti-HIV regimens as well as reducing the risk for certain side effects. For more on this new test, read Project Inform's new article.
Emerging HIV Reserarch TheoriesAdvances in basic science have greatly improved the care of people living with HIV. Project Inform reports on a few major recent discoveries and sheds light on a new emerging theory about the role and implications of cholesterol in HIV infection.
Why You Should Become An AdvocateJudith Dillard is the perfect example of why grassroots advocacy works. Once homeless, she is now a treatment advocate for Women Alive. She says women will always be left out unless they speak up. For more on Dillard and why grassroots advocacy works, click here.
Getting the Immune System to Fight BackDavid Pieribone writes in Positive Living from AIDS Project Los Angeles how the immune system can be coaxed to fight back.
Rescue RegimensBody Positive looks at choosing the right HIV therapy while still keeping in mind the need for future options if treatment fails. They also look at some current options in "rescue regimens," i.e., treatment given to someone once they have cycled through the three classes of HIV drugs and treatment has failed.
Why HIV Specialists Are BetterA study published in the June 2001 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine by Academy member Valerie E. Stone, M.D., M.P.H., and colleagues suggests that generalist physicians and those with little experience in treating HIV need expert advice to deal with the increasingly complex treatment options. Read the details from The Nexus, newsletter of the American Academy of HIV Medicine.
New Definition of HIV SpecialistThe American Academy of HIV Medicine has released its definition of an HIV specialist. Does your doctor meet these specifications?
HIV Prevention for the Over Fifty SetThe New York Association on HIV Over Fifty and The Ryan Center introduce older adults to the world of HIV through comic book-style scenarios. Read the story in Body Positive.
News RoundupMissed the news last month? Browse through Body Positive's HIV/AIDS news roundup.
Common Emergencies for HIV-Positive PeopleHIV is associated with several diseases that may be life-threatening and need quick intervention by healthcare workers. These emergencies could be related to complications from the use of anti-HIV medication or opportunistic infections that occur as the immune system gets weaker. Click here to read this article from The Center for AIDS.
The Latest on Therapeutic Drug MonitoringWith the latest AIDS treatments have also come reports of elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (types of fat) in the blood. This new article from The Center for AIDS offers a cardiologist's view on testing and treatment.
Treating Drug-Resistant HerpesUnfortunately, cases of herpes resistant to Zovirax, Valtrex and Famvir are increasingly leaving doctors and their patients with few options. However, a group of doctors in New York recently reported the case of a person with AIDS who successfully recovered from drug-resistant herpes when he was treated with the immune booster Aldara (imiquimod). Read the latest report from the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange.
Party Drugs and HIVAt a recent Community Research Initiative on AIDS Forum in New York, Drs. Carragher and Cheslow provided background information on party drugs, discussed the psychological aspects of party drug use and addressed special issues for HIV-positive people using party drugs.
The Latest on HepatitisHepatitis infection is not usually fatal, and with close monitoring and treatment if necessary, people with hepatitis and HIV can expect relatively good health. Read this recent forum summary about hepatitis B basics, liver toxicity and hepatitis C and HIV coinfection, from Community Research Initiative on AIDS.
STDs in the USAAccording to the U.S. Surgeon General, in the United States:
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Women and AIDSRead this review by Project Inform on the current state of women and AIDS.
Online Expert for Women with HIVGot questions on women and HIV? Ask your questions on side effects or gender differences in treatment and testing. Dr. Judith Aberg is available to answer your questions!
The Facts About Needle ExchangeWhy needle exchange works. The facts from AIDS Action.
Dr. Joel Gallant and Others Report on The 1st IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment