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September 18, 2002

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The Body Covers Major AIDS Conferences

The 4th annual International Workshop on Adverse Drug Reactions and Lipodystrophy in HIV (ADRL) will take place from Sept. 22-25, and The Body's Pablo Tebas, M.D. will be there to cover it! Be sure to check our ADRL 2002 page frequently for recaps of major developments and a post-conference summary detailing the highlights.

And don't forget about our next-day coverage of ICAAC 2002 -- the 42nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy -- which begins on Friday, Sept. 27!

'C' Is for 'Clueless Congressmen'

Six U.S. Republicans have pressured the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) not to allow an HIV-positive 5-year-old Muppet to show up on the U.S. version of Sesame Street. What did these six men fear? David Salyer has some ideas: "I suspect their twisted minds already entertained the worst possible scenarios: heroin addicts Bert and Ernie happen upon Big Bird?s secret needle-exchange program; Cookie Monster turns into the Condom Monster; and the entire 'Sesame Street' cast cuts Oscar the Grouch some slack when it?s revealed that his cranky disposition is caused by Sustiva and chronic diarrhea."

Wild Dreams: They're Not Just for Sustiva Users Anymore

Doctors in England are reporting the details of four HIV-positive men who experienced vivid dreams when they used nevirapine. Click here for the details of this study.

The Condom That Goes on Easy

A new condom applicator may make condoms more attractive to those who say they are "passion killers." South African life insurer Metropolitan funded the research, which led to a new type of packaging that makes it easier to put the condom on in the dark.

How You Can Prevent Bone Disease

It seems there is something you can do to help prevent bone disease. Here are some strategies for combating osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Advice for People Coming off Disability

Cancelling your disability claim: Is it worth it? Per Larson, an expert on personal finance for people with HIV, advises on how to wend your way through all the red tape.

Peripheral Neuropathy: What It's All About

Even with the successes of HAART, peripheral neuropathy seems to be an ongoing problem. Body Positive offers an overview of the causes, symptoms and treatment of this nerve damage, which often results in numbness or pain in the feet or hands.

When You Need to Keep the Weight ON

Though much attention is given to people with HIV who are fighting uncontrollable weight gain, there are also many people experiencing unintentional weight loss. Your nutritional habits can be an important piece of the treatment puzzle.

For People With Lipo, the Right Foods Are Hard to Find

What should you eat if you?re dealing with HIV and lipodystrophy? That?s a simple-sounding question without one simple answer.

A Tale of Two Meds: Atazanavir and DPC-083

A prominent HIV-treatment researcher talks about two experimental medications from drug giant Bristol-Myers Squibb that have led very different lives: atazanavir, which is currently in the development spotlight, and DPC-083, another promising drug that hasn't been so lucky.

Important Screening Tests for Older Women

For women over 50, this handy chart of screening procedures can help identify potential health problems BEFORE they become health problems.

In the U.K., Drug Resistance Rises Alarmingly

One in four new HIV infections in the United Kingdom might be resistant to current drug treatments, researchers report.

9/11's Impact on Adherence in NYC

A study of HIV-positive New York men taking a complex regimen of antiviral drugs found a steep rise in missing or late doses after last September's attacks.

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

China's Looming Catastrophe
While China's taken some important steps in the fight against HIV, The New York Times says, it still has quite a long way to go
From The New York Times (free registration required) (September 16, 2002)

Drug Resistance and the Treatment of Experienced Patients
A report from the International AIDS Conference
From Hopkins HIV Report (September 2002)

Pharmacology and Drug Interactions: A Progress Report
Another report from the International AIDS Conference
From Hopkins HIV Report (September 2002)

HAART Interruption Strategies: How, When, and Why?
A review of the latest research
From PRN Notebook (September 2002)

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