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September 10, 2003

ADAPs' Slow Descent Into Crisis

Over the past two years, the U.S. government's budget for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) has fallen further and further below what the programs need. As this detailed recap shows, the result has been a growing list of ADAPs which have been forced to turn people with HIV away, leaving them with little or no place to turn for treatment.

For the latest list of ADAPs that now have waiting lists or other restrictions, click here.

Next Week: In-Depth Coverage of ICAAC 2003

The last major HIV/AIDS conference of the year begins this weekend in Chicago, and The Body's experts will be there! Read next-day coverage from our outstanding medical staff on the latest research, which will explore topics ranging from new antiretrovirals to lipodystrophy. Bookmark this page and check back throughout the week for highlights!

Though Many Women Don't Think So, Their STD Risk Is High

Most sexually active single women believe they're at low risk for contracting STDs, but a recent study says otherwise. According to the research, STDs are a significant problem for young women, with national rates of human papillomavirus (HPV), genital herpes and chlamydia particularly high among women ages 15 to 24. STDs can cause serious health complications -- particularly in people with HIV -- and recent research indicates HPV is the cause of virtually all cases of cervical cancer.

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Still Strikes Some HIVers

Although the use of HAART has dramatically improved the health (and the survival rates) of people with HIV, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma still occurs in approximately 5 to 10 percent of HIVers -- typically in people with advanced disease.

Trouble Sleeping? It May -- or May Not -- Be Your Meds

Many HIV medications cause insomnia, but just being anxious or depressed about living with HIV can affect your sleep habits. If you're experiencing insomnia, this tip sheet from PositiveWords can provide some helpful advice on dealing with your inability to sleep.

Common Thread Among Assisted-Death Patients: Fierce Independence

What sort of people choose, in the last stage of a long illness, to hasten the end of their lives? According to a recent study in Oregon: People who are fiercely independent, passionate, articulate and forthright. In Oregon it's legal to end one's life with the help of a physician, though by law the patient must self-administer the lethal medication.

Cachexia: A Different Kind of Fatigue

Many people with AIDS who often feel inexplicably tired are experiencing anemia (a lack of red blood cells), low hormone levels, depression or poor nutrition. There's another possible cause of fatigue, though: a metabolic disorder called cachexia. Read more about AIDS cachexia and its treatment.

Want to learn more about the various causes of (and treatments for) fatigue in people with HIV? Browse through our library of useful materials, or read what our online expert has to say!

Health Insurance and HIV: Know Your Rights!

An important U.S. law known as HIPAA (short for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) makes it illegal for health insurance companies to discriminate against you because you or one of your loved ones has HIV. If you don't know the ins and outs of HIPAA, you should: read this HIPAA review from AIDS Survival Project.

Africans Adhere to Meds Better Than Americans

On average, Africans adhere to their HIV medications 90 percent of the time, a recent study has found, casting doubt on long-held beliefs that people in the developing world would be unable to stick to their medication schedules. In the U.S., the average adherence rate is only 70 percent.

South Africa: Activist Group Puts Its Meds Where Its Mouth Is

Refusing to wait for the South African government to implement a nationwide treatment plan, the South Africa-based HIV/AIDS treatment advocacy group Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has launched a program it hopes will provide free HIV meds to 1,000 people by the end of 2004. In addition, after years of refusing to take antiretrovirals, TAC chairman Zachie Achmat announced that he has begun treatment.

Why New Access to Generic Drugs May Not Save the Developing World

Although a World Trade Organization deal on the importation of generic drugs is already in effect, it does not ensure that these drugs -- including HIV antiretrovirals -- will be delivered to developing countries in the near future, according to aid agencies.

Latinos in U.S. Avoid HIV Testing

Even though there's been a tremendous effort on the part of public health workers to increase HIV/AIDS awareness in the U.S. Latino community, there remains a great deal of reluctance to get tested for HIV. HIV educator Miguel Mejia examines why, and explores what can be done to improve the situation.

Web Highlights

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

Women Get More Lipodystrophy Than Men, Says Italian Study
In this large study, women on HAART were found to be at a greater risk for developing body fat changes than men -- although men generally seemed to LOSE fat more often than women
From aidsmap.com (September 10, 2003)

Chronic Low-Grade Depression Means Gay Men More Likely to Have Casual Unprotected Sex
Regardless of their HIV status, gay men with chronic -- though minor -- depression were more than twice as likely as non-depressed gay men to engage in casual unprotected sex
From aidsmap.com (September 9, 2003)

State Dept. Is Sued by Applicant With HIV
Lorenzo Taylor was rejected for a Foreign Service position on medical grounds; now he's fighting back
From The New York Times (September 4, 2003)

Low-Level Resistance and Minority Populations: Cross-Resistance Between Nevirapine and Efavirenz
Once an NNRTI-based regimen fails, no other NNRTIs will work any better, two studies suggest
From HIV i-Base's Treatment Bulletin (August/September 2003)
  
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