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September 11, 2002

The Body Covers ICAAC 2002

In just over two weeks, The Body will cover the 42nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Throughout the conference, The Body will provide next-day coverage of individual presentations and broad overviews of some of the hottest topics in HIV research. Be sure to bookmark this page, which will be updated several times each day with conference highlights and coverage that is both searchable and browseable by day, topic and author!

One Pill a Day Keeps the Virus at Bay

STEP Perspective provides a detailed rundown of the latest research on once-daily antiretroviral options, as well as a handy reference chart.

How Barcelona Has Changed HIV Treatment

Read this fascinating interview with Dr. Howard Grossman, who has been practicing HIV medicine since 1987. He discusses the changes that have already taken place in HIV treatment since July's International AIDS Conference in Barcelona.

Interaction Warning: Tenofovir and ddI

Although researchers expected tenofovir (Viread) and once-daily ddI (Videx EC) not to get along too well in a person's body, they've been surprised at just how strongly the two interact. STEP Perspective has more on this important, and dangerous, drug-interaction risk.

Another Thing Viagra Lifts: HIV Rates in Elderly

Older people are likely to have increased rates of HIV infection following the recent widespread availability of the impotence drug Viagra.

In Personal Battle With Lipodystrophy, Latino Man Finds He's Not Alone

Juan, who is HIV-positive and Hispanic, has struggled mightily to cope with his lipodystrophy. "I don't see myself in the mirror," Juan says. "I don't want to see anybody and I believe nobody will want to have sex with me." STEP Perspective explains how Juan's decision to join a support group may have saved his life.

Advocates Say "No New Money" for Abstinence-Only Education

The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. has launched a nationwide, online advocacy campaign to fight increased federal funding for "unproven and harmful" abstinence-only programs.

Risky Behavior Among High-Schoolers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the results of the biannual Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which measures risky dietary, physical and sexual behaviors of students in the United States, grades nine through 12. Among its findings: 46 percent of students have had sexual intercourse, but less than 58 percent of sexually active teens used a condom the last time they had sex.

Teens Severely Underrate Dangers of Oral Sex

In some teenage circles in the U.S., say health officials, oral sex is almost obligatory, like a goodnight kiss. Few teens understand that oral sex can lead to sexually transmitted diseases of the mouth and throat.

Activism on a 4" x 6" Card: Artists Sought for "Postcards From the Edge"

Visual AIDS invites artists to participate in their fifth annual Postcards From the Edge benefit. Click here for more information.

Safely Mixing Food and Your Meds

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.

Free Meeting on Complementary Medicine

Dr. Jon Kaiser, a San Francisco physician who has long used both standard and natural treatments in HIV, will speak at a free public meeting in Philadelphia on Sept. 17 and in New York City on Sept. 18. Click here for more information.

It's Not Just a Cliche: Sailors Are High-Risk Group

Because of their mobile jobs, sailors are highly potent transmitters of HIV. The number of affected sailors around the world is believed to be in the hundreds of thousands, but a United Nations program has begun to teach prevention and awareness.

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

The Wall Street Journal Examines How Some Foundations, Including AIDS-Related Groups, Are Spending Now Instead of Sustaining Their Endowments
A sign that they have decided taking action now to fight the epidemic is of paramount importance
From Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report (September 10, 2002)

China Now Set to Make Copies of AIDS Drugs
Although it has backed down from its threat since the publication of this article, Chinese officials implied last week that they would bypass international law to provide generic AIDS drugs if pharmaceutical companies refused to drastically lower their prices by year's end
From The New York Times (free registratation required) (September 6, 2002)

Women’s Health Issues: News From the XIV International AIDS Conference
A summary of mother-to-child transmission research and HIV-related problems specific to women
From Hopkins HIV Report (September 2002)

Antiretroviral Therapy: When to Start & What to Start With
A review of the latest research presented at Barcelona
From Hopkins HIV Report (September 2002)

Metabolic Complications Guides From the Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group
A rundown of major metabolic complications of HIV and their treatment from this respected, U.S. government-sponsored clinical trial group
From Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group (August 13, 2002)

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