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September 3, 2003
To read a recap of this historic agreement, click here.cost of HIV treatment is rising, but the U.S. government isn't helping offset it, and low-income HIVers are caught in the middle -- and some are now dying as a result. How did things get this bad? Treatment expert Bob Huff explains. U.S.'s biggest HIV prevention conference of the year took place in Atlanta this summer, and there was plenty to talk about. Social worker Mary Lynn Hemphill provides a recap of the latest in prevention research. takes at least six months after a person begins HAART to determine whether the regimen he or she is on is really working, researchers say. A new study has found that a person's risk of HIV progression while on a certain drug regimen can be much more accurately determined after half a year of observation. AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean? "We spent twice that in one month invading Iraq and bombing it back to rubble," he says. even vitamins may not be safe for people with HIV. A pilot study of two women and eight men with HIV-related lipodystrophy revealed that although antioxidants appear to improve cholesterol levels and midriff weight gain, they may have a negative impact on blood sugar levels. calling for an end to the use of nonoxynol-9. Brazil has received worldwide acclaim for its handling of its HIV/AIDS epidemic, and deservedly so. But the rest of Latin America hasn't been so fortunate, and we can't assume that dealing with the epidemic in those countries is simply a matter of doing what Brazil did. As AIDS and human rights advocate Richard Stern writes, the situation is more complex than that. many HIVers who are resistant to older drugs go without T-20 because it is too expensive. The slumping economy has drained U.S. government-funded drug assistance programs and, though most private insurers cover T-20, they often cover only part of the cost. manager's kit includes all the resources businesses need to build comprehensive HIV/AIDS workplace programs.
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Two Rare Cases of Family HIV Transmission Between Adults Reported
In a sobering reminder that HIV can sometimes be acquired via unexpected routes, Australia has reported two cases in which people have apparently been infected by family members -- one potentially through sharing a razor, the other through possible contact with psoriasis lesions
From aidsmap.com (August 29, 2003)
Feeling Positive "Boosts Survival Chance for HIV Patients"
A study links feelings of hope, happiness and enjoyment with a lower risk of dying from AIDS among men with HIV
From Health-News.co.uk (August 28, 2003)
To read the abstract of the original study on which the above article is based, click here.
Bone Thinning in HIV Patients Not Tied to Therapy
No particular drug class is more or less likely than another to cause bone thinning, a study finds -- though the disorder does appear linked to being HIV positive
From Reuters (August 27, 2003)