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September 4, 2002

Long-Term Treatment Interruption Works for Some

Stopping HIV treatment (under a doctor's supervision) for an extended period of time could be highly effective in certain people, according to a recent study.

Visual AIDS Presents New Online Exhibit

Two women contemplate art, sex and living in September's Visual AIDS online gallery. Click here to view this provocative exhibit of works by HIV-positive artists.

When Not Working Out Is a Mortal Sin

"Ya know, you'd have thunk I'd admitted to selling orphaned seven-year-olds from Sierra Leone to Saddam Hussein who in turn harvested their organs for cash to buy strippers for Osama." No, Jim Pickett did something worse: Though he's gay and HIV-positive, he admitted he's NOT going to a gym.

HIV in Older Women: A Little Attention, Please?

Although very little research has been done on HIV infection in women over 50, there is some available data worth mentioning. Project Inform offers a summary.

Read The Body's up-close interview with Jane Fowler, co-founder and national coordinator of the National Association on HIV Over Fifty, as she tells her own story of living with the virus.

Menopause in Women With HIV

Finally, a menopause guide for HIV-positive women! Project Inform discusses many of the symptoms associated with menopause, how those symptoms can overlap with women's HIV infection, and what can be done to relieve them.

Are Self-Help Groups For You?

What are self-help groups all about, and how can they help people with HIV cope better? Women Alive provides this guide to self-help and empowerment for men and women alike.

Advice for the Newly Infected

Know someone who just found out he or she has HIV? Tell them to check out The Body's comprehensive section for the recently diagnosed.

Have You Taken Our Sponsored Side-Effects Survey?

Hundreds of our members have taken GlaxoSmithKline's online survey on the side effects of HIV treatment -- a survey designed to help the drug company develop a patient questionnaire for use in upcoming clinical trials for HIV treatment. The survey is completely anonymous; if you'd like to take part, click on the link above.

Tuberculosis 101

Inactive tuberculosis is over 40 times more likely to become active in HIV-positive people than in HIV-negative people. Step Ezine has more on the difference between inactive and active TB.

Watch What You Eat -- And When You Eat It

Food and anti-HIV meds don't always get along. Test Positive Aware Network provides a rundown of what meds work better with -- and without -- certain foods or dietary supplements in your system.

A Quick Primer on Lipodystrophy

What's the difference between lipodystrophy and "metabolic complications," and what causes them: anti-HIV medications or HIV itself? Step Ezine takes a closer look.

Canada Just Says No to Kava-Kava

Canada's Federal Health Ministry, Health Canada, has issued an order stopping the sale of supplements containing the herb kava (also known as kava-kava) because of safety concerns.

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

St. John?s Wort Interferes With Chemotherapy, Study Shows
The herb is found to dramatically decrease blood levels of a key cancer-fighting drug.
From The British Medical Journal (August 31, 2002)

CDC: Young Black Gays Don't Know HIV Status
A shocking 93 percent of HIV-positive study participants didn't know they had the virus.
From The Washington Blade (August 30, 2002)

Limiting Confidentiality of Adolescent Health Services: What Are the Risks?
Doctors of medicine and law discuss the dangers of parental notification.
Editorial from Journal of the American Medical Association (August 14, 2002)

At International HIV/AIDS Conference, Daunting Challenges Mixed With Hope
A look back at July's meeting in Barcelona.
From Journal of the American Medical Association (August 14, 2002)

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